Joseph Giardina

April 12, 1947 - March 17, 2021
Joseph Giardina

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We celebrate the life of Joseph Giardina of the Brunswick Forest community. He passed away peacefully at home on March 17, 2021.

Joe was born on April 12, 1947 in New York City to Dominick and Anna Giardina. At the age of 5 the family moved to Hicksville, New York. Joe lived in Hicksville the majority of his life until he moved to NC in 2017. He was devoted to the Hicksville community, serving for more than 50 years in the Hicksville Volunteer Fire Department as a captain, commissioner, honorary chief and “Santa Claus”.

Joe was an electrical engineer for several different companies and owned his own design business, Design Express for more than 30 years. Though an intimidating looking guy he was a gentle giant with a heart of gold. He was a great friend to many and would give you the shirt off his back. Joe was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He is survived by his wife, Mary and two daughters: Betty Ann Lewis (Jeff) and Annmarie Martello (Scott). He was a proud grandfather to Scotty, Dominick and Alaina Martello. He was a devoted brother to Jerry (Laurie) and John Giardina.

He is preceded in death by his parents Dominick and Anna Giardina and brother Jimmy.

A celebration of life funeral will be held in early summer in Hicksville, New York. Final arrangements will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers a donation in Joe’s name to Saint Jude Children Hospital, Lower Cape Fear Life Care Hospice or Tunnel to Towers would be greatly appreciated.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403

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  • March 21, 2021
    Jo Ann Balnis says:
    May your memories give you strength and help to fill your void. Sorry for your loss. May "Uncle Joe" rest in peace.

  • March 21, 2021
    Maryann Sullivan says:
    My heartfelt condolences to all of you. My first memories of Joe was went I was a little girl. When the fire horn went off myself and some kids in the neighborhood would run to the corner of Cedar and Stanley St to watch this tall, thin fireman come out of his house and run up Ceader St to try and make the truck at Briggs St. We would cheer when he made the truck, which he usually did. Lol Who know that I would meet a guy in that same Co, become good friends, become backyard neighbor's for 36 yrs., And share fun happy memories, especially our trips to Disney. RIP Joe.

  • March 21, 2021
    Sioux-Zin Paul says:
    Joe was an Angel on Earth. He would do anything for anyone in need. I remember him giving me soft baked chocolate chip cookies when I did a good job at work. I would give him butterfly kisses on the top of his head to make him blush. His smile lit up a room and he always made me laugh and gave great hugs. I miss you Dodos. I’m sending you all my love and condolences.

  • March 21, 2021
    Debra Ferber Keaton says:
    Growing up as part of Hicksville Fire Department family, there were so many things I remember bits and pieces of. From the tournaments to Santa Clause to playing at their house with Betty Ann. Mr. G was like another dad to us kids back in the day. He was truly a gentle giant and will be missed greatly. Keeping the Giardina family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • March 22, 2021
    Theresa Chetta says:
    My husband Carmelo (Carl) has many good memories of living with Joe & his parents when he got out of the Army. Some memories of living with him were very funny. Joe was a good cousin to my husband. May he rest in peace.