Joseph Vincent Sorbo of Greenwich Connecticut passed peacefully Monday, August 28, 2017 in Greenwich Hospital surrounded by his immediate family. He was 85.
His parents, Jessie and Patrick Sorbo, precede Joseph “Joe” in death. He was born on August 26, 1932 in Carteret, New Jersey. Joe was raised in Stamford, CT with his siblings Phylis Magnoli, Patricia Martinoli, Rose Barosky, and Ralph Sorbo all surviving him. An alumnus of Stamford High School, Joe was a member of the school’s football team and choir, graduating with the class of 1952. On June 17, of 1961 Joe married Mary Strazza of Greenwich, CT. The two resided in Greenwich with their daughters Maria Johnstone and Joanne Jackson.
Joe, a thirty-year employee of Scalzzi Paint and a longtime employee of McDermont Paint in Greenwich, retired in 2008. A dedicated parishioner of St. Roch’s Church, Joe was passionately involved with his community. Joe’s pastimes included cooking—an excellent chef who specialized in clam chowder and risotto, cultivating his beautiful home garden—much of which became staples in his, and his wife Mary’s cooking, but ultimately Joe loved spending time with his family, who loved him dearly. Kind, compassionate, thoughtful, Joe is remembered as an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.
He is survived by his loving wife Mary, his two daughters Maria of Stamford, CT and Joanne of Collierville, TN, his son-in laws Scott Johnstone and Scott Jackson, respectively, his grandchildren Becca and Scott Johnstone, Riley, Wesley and Patrick Jackson, his Sorbo and Strazza siblings, and many nieces and nephews—each of whom he loved very much, and all of whom will miss him sincerely.
To honor his life, family and friends will gather Thursday, August 31 from 4:00-8:00pm at Coxe & Graziano Funeral Home, 134 Hamilton Ave in Greenwich. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, September 1 at 10:00am at St. Roch’s Church. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, Joe’s family kindly asks that any donations be made to St. Roch’s Church, 10 St. Roch Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830. For more information or to place an online condolence, www.coxeandgraziano.com