Joseph Charles Perrone, 95, of Ellicott City, MD, passed away peacefully on November 1, 2021, surrounded by family. Joe loved his family and friends and was loved by all who knew him. He was quick to share a story or a helping hand, and worked very hard from a young age to care for others.
Joseph was born in 1926 to Cataldo (Charles) and Rosa Perrone in New York City, and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. After graduating from Fort Hamilton High School, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy at only 17 years old and served in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps Construction Battalion (Seabees) in the Philippines and China during World War II.
After his service he returned to Brooklyn and began a long and successful career as a businessman who loved serving others. He worked in the family coal business and later owned 7UP and Coca-Cola distributorships in Brooklyn and Rockland County, NY. He married Grace Cecelia Riley, the love of his life, in 1955, and had one child, Cecelia Grace.
After retiring in 1981, Joseph and Grace moved to Ellicott City, MD to be close to their daughter and grandchildren. He was known to arrive at their house early every Saturday morning with donuts, orange juice, and the newspaper to discuss baseball and the stock market. Joe was the Treasurer for the Ellicott City Order of Oddfellows and enjoyed the comradery and the opportunity to do charitable work.
Joseph was predeceased by his parents and older sister, Clara Florentino. He is survived by his two younger sisters, Margarita Rose Perrone Culkin and Teresa Margherita Mills, his daughter and son-in law, and grandchildren Sarah Grace Settle (Matthew), David A. Daniels III, and Joseph Christopher Daniels (Rose). Pop Pop Joe also had three great grandchildren, Juliana Sophia Daniels, Edward Davis Settle, and Evelyn Rae Daniels, and seven nephews, 15 grandnephews, and two great grandnieces. He loved every minute he was able to spend with the great grandchildren.
A Viewing will be held Saturday, November 6th at 10:00 am at The Church of the Resurrection, 3175 Paulskirk Drive in Ellicott City, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Samaritan Women (www.thesamaritanwomen.org ), a cause that Joseph supported, or to GBMC Gilchrist Hospice (https://gilchristcares.org/) whose staff provided comfort and support to Joe and his family.