2011-05-14 / Obituaries

Joseph Porcaro


Joseph Porcaro Joseph Porcaro Joseph J. Porcaro, 78, of Sault Ste. Marie, passed away Monday, April 18, 2011, at his home surrounded by his family, after a yearlong illness of stomach cancer.

He was born September 26, 1932, in Sault Ste. Marie to Rocco Eugene and Rose Porcaro.

After his retirement from the Sault Ste. Marie Street Department, Mr. Porcaro went to work helping his son, Jay, at Weber’s Floral in Sault Ste. Marie, St. Ignace, and on Mackinac Island. He loved working with flowers and people. He enjoyed many summers of caring for the hanging baskets on Mackinac Island’s main street and took great pride in their beauty.

While undergoing treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he was able to enjoy his stay with his two daughters and their families in Virginia. There he enjoyed wine tasting at the area’s many vineyards, polo matches, and time at the race track. He was also happy to help his son-in-law, Chuck, with his new vegetable garden. He also spent many hours with his grandchildren, a source of great pride to him.

He was a National Guard veteran of the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley (nee Gordon); a son and his family, James “Jay” Porcaro and Melanie Cook; two daughters and their families, Janice Porcaro and Jenette and Charles Miller, all of Marshall, Virginia; two grandchildren, Jennifer Miller of Melbourne, Florida, and Jacob Miller of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; and a brother and his family, Frank and June Porcaro of Sault Ste. Marie. He is also survived by aunts and uncles, Theresa Mancuso of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Delores Porcaro of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and James and Mildred Mancuso of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; and a sister-inlaw, Paulette Porcaro of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Eugene Porcaro Jr.

Visitation was Wednesday, April 20, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Clark-Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home in Sault Ste. Marie. Services were Thursday, April 21, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Brother John Hascall officiating. Burial was at Oaklawn Chapel Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the EUP.

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