Joseph Vincent Preciose, Jr.

December 22, 1932 - December 17, 2019
Joseph Vincent Preciose, Jr.

It is with the greatest sadness that the family of Joseph Vincent Preciose, Jr. announce his unexpected passing at the age of 86 years.

Joe was born in Jersey City to Jennie De Martine and Joseph V. Preciose, and raised by his mother and grandmother. He served honorably in the United States Army for eight years, during which time he was decorated for his service in the Korean War, and was stationed in Hawaii, Japan, and North Korea. After his military service, Joe enrolled in the police academy and served with the Union City Police Department in New Jersey for twenty-five years, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant.

Joe was a law-and-order man right down to his bones. He found joy and solace in the ocean and enjoyed spending time at the beach. He loved music, and could often be found in the summers blasting tunes while mowing the lawn, a Miller High Life chilling in the fridge as a reward. He was passionate about sports – particularly football – and championed for the NY Giants, even when they gave him agita. His love for the game, expanded by his running commentary, has been passed down to his children and beloved grandson, Finn.

Joe was predeceased by his parents, mother-in-law Eileen Sweeny, and wife Maureen.

To mourn his loss are his daughter Jeneen Preciose and grandson Jack Finn Morton, son Michael Preciose and fiancée Jenie Hampel, and close friends the Lanza’s, the Berke’s, the Oaks, and many more.

Services will be private at his request.

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  • December 20, 2019
    Virginia and Leo Donohue says:
    Our heartfelt condolences to Jeneen and Michael on the loss of your Dad. It is so hard to reconcile the loss of both parents in such a short time. May The Lord give you comfort and strength to get through this difficult time.

  • December 20, 2019
    Linda and Joe Lanza says:
    What can be said at this unbelievably difficult time. Our hearts go out to Jeneen and Mike. To lose one parent is heartbreaking but to lose two within two weeks of each other is something none of us can fathom. Joe was a cop through and through. One evening Maureen and I were returning from bowling when we realized we were being followed. Maureen wouldn’t let me off at my house and instead went home to get Joe. He came out ready to kick butt and when the bad guy saw him he took off. Our hero! We will miss both Joe and Maureen forever.