Joseph Licata
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Obituary of Joseph Licata

Joseph Licata, 89, of West Milford, formerly a longtime resident of Pequannock passed away on March 10, 2020. Born in Brooklyn, NY. Joseph was the son of Ralph and Rose Licata, and one of nine children. He attended East New York High School for Aviation Mechanics. Joe proudly served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Joseph married Dorothy Petrillo on August 11, 1956, and they resided in Maspeth, Queens and Clifton, New Jersey before settling in Pequannock, New Jersey where they raised their three children, Susan, Carol, and Tony.


He worked for over forty years as a machinist and Manager of Julius Young Mfg Co. and later Mastercraft. Joe was a devoted parishioner of Holy Spirit RC Church where he served as an usher. Active in his community, Joe was a member of Knights of Columbus, where he served as Grand Knight as well as District Deputy, and he was a charter member of the Pequannock Chapter of UNICO since 1989. Joseph always put others before himself. He won the UNICO Outstanding Member Award in 2017 for his dedication to giving back to his community and those in need. 


Dear father of Susan and Tony; cherished brother of Anthony and Mildred; loving grandfather of Marissa, Amanda, and Brooke and Samantha and Joey; Predeceased by his wife, Dorothy; his daughter, Carol; his granddaughter, Caryl; and his siblings, Alfred, Angelo, Marion, Catherine, and Ralph.


Joseph lived a long and happy life. He enjoyed reading, and read the newspaper every day, as well as enjoyed watching a Mets or Giants game on television. He was always ready to tackle a project around the house with his toolbox, as he loved to build and fix things. Joe kept up with modern technology, regularly checking his Facebook and texting his family and friends. Family was always the most important thing to Joseph. His grandchildren knew him as Pop Pop, and he was always there to support them at every school play, dance recital, or basketball game they participated in. He liked to swim in the backyard with his grandchildren, where they would always play a game of pool basketball. They had many fun traditions together, such as going to diners and eating at Friendly’s after Sunday mass. Throughout his life, Joseph touched many people, and everyone who met him loved him. No matter where he went, he would have a “fan club” of people coming to talk to him because he was the sweetest man.


Visiting hours will be from 4-9 pm on Friday, March 13 and 9-10:30 am on Saturday, March 14 at the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home, Pompton Plains.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 am on Saturday at Holy Spirit RC Church, Pequannock. Burial will follow at Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes.