Joe McHale

May 18, 1924 - November 15, 2011
Joe McHale

Joseph J. McHale (CPO USN RET) went to be with the Lord on Tuesday November 15, 2011 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.

His death was due to a head injury sustained by a fall. Joseph was born on May 18, 1924 in West Pittston Pa. He is preceded in death by his son Mark, sister Mary Elizabeth Paye and niece Megan Paye.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Cynthia, son Michael, daughters Mary Eileen and Maura and nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and his precious beagle, Dolly.

Joe served 20 years in the US Navy. He also retired in 1984 from Perkin Elmer Corporation in Norwalk CT. After moving to Wilmington in 1986, he drove a school bus for New Hanover County Schools and taught math courses at Cape Fear Tech.

Joe was a member of Lutheran Church of Reconciliation where a memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 19 at 11:30 AM. His final resting place will be the State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, NC.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to LCOR, Lower Cape Fear Hospice or Pender County Humane Society.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington NC 28403. 910-791-9099


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  • November 19, 2011
    Carl and Arnell Pridgen says:
    Ms. McHale, You and your family have a greatest felt sympathy in the passing of Mr. McHale. We are truly sorry that we are not able to attend his memorial services. We will always remember seeing you and him together at IHOP, and he having this big smile on his face. Do find comfort in his memories with family and friends.

  • November 20, 2011
    Beth & Tony D'Erasmo says:
    Mrs. McHale, We were so sorry to hear of your husbands passing. Our deepest sympathies are with you and your family during this difficult time. The kids always got a kick out of running into you at IHOP with Joe,and you both always gave them such a warm greeting.We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.