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Joseph M. D'EliaNovember 2, 2017
D'Elia, Joseph M.
known to family and friends as "Joe" and "Joey" was called home to eternity to be with the Lord unexpectedly on November 2, 2017, surrounded by his wife & two children and soon to be son-in-law.
Joe was born in 1963 in Connecticut to Joseph & Joann D'Elia. He grew up with a love for the simple things in life, family, music & the great outdoors. Joe's signature smile, laughter and jokes brought joy to all who knew him.
During his teenage years Joe began his love & pursuit of music. Inspired by his father, he continued throughout his life to master his God given gifts & talents of drumming. After graduating high school, his love & passion for drumming led him to attend Drummer's Collective in New York City. He then went on to host & produce his own cable TV show "On the Beat" an interview and performance based television show in which he was able to meet numerous local talent. He continued with diligence in perfecting his talent, playing in numerous bands over the years, cruise ships, church worship teams and inspired countless youth through the private lessons he gave. Over the years, he wrote & composed music of his own and passed his love for music and drumming onto his son.
Joey met the love of his life & his best friend Dawn soon after graduating high school. He & his wife had 36 wonderful years together and celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary this year. Joey was grateful for their amazing life and cherished each moment they shared. He was blessed with two amazing children, whom he took great pride & joy in, Jocelyn and Jordan. Throughout the years he was privileged to be granted the gift of time with his family which enabled him to play a continuous active role in his children's lives. Homeschooling his children, attending all of their activities, coaching sports, traveling and celebrating every holiday and milestone and everyday events. For the twenty-four years Joe lived in Florida, he enjoyed his vibrant, active lifestyle in his promised land and built a beautiful life and home for his family. Enjoying music, being outdoors, going to the beaches, sharing the love of his family & friends were his priorities and it was evident by all the conversations he had with others. It brought him great pleasure traveling to the mountains, experiencing our great country and visiting family & friends in CT.
Joe was a dedicated family man and filled his family with love, faith and music. Raising his children in the Christian faith, he set the example of a servant's heart. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need, he was very generous and kind. His gift of mercy towards all those he met permitted him to be able to strike up a conversation with ease and he had the gift of making people feel right at home. One of his favorite sayings, "Don't Sweat the small stuff, it's all small stuff" will carry on always in the hearts of those who knew him.
Joe was a man of many talents and passions - way too numerous to list. Early on he worked with as an Arborist where his love for nature indwelt in him during his youth flourished. That enjoyment followed him throughout his life, as it was rare to not see Joe enjoying time outdoors carving and pruning his trees to perfection. His life's purpose began in his twenties, when he established himself as a Professional Painting Contractor & Master Craftsman. He was very proud of the quality worksmanship he provided to his customers over the years and of all of his professional accomplishments, which favored him to work for many high profile people. The attention to detail and quality work he provided to his customers brought great joy to him. His success as a "Dream Maker" to those he served will be remembered always. May the works he's done speak for him.
Joe was a fervent NY Giants, Red Sox, Celtics and UCONN Huskie fan. He shared his love of sports with his children and family. His dedication to his favorite teams was always evident as those who knew him would always see him with a coffee mug in hand, a ballcap and a team shirt on. Joe had a zest and love for life, He lived every moment of it, to the fullest and always kept the beat going, his love lives on.
Joe was preceded by his grandparents, several aunts, uncles and a few cousins and his beloved furry baby of 17 yrs. (Boo Boo). He leaves behind his wife, children, future son in-law Jason, his parents, sister Lori and husband Greg Zis, brother Rick and wife Kate D'Elia, parents in-law Richie & Julie, brothers in-law Paul, Keith and his wife Karen, a niece, several nephews, great niece & nephew, Aunt Mary Gordon, Uncle Andrew and his wife Anna Mae D'Elia and several cousins.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in honor of Joseph, November 30, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. St. Luke's Catholic Church 2892 S. Congress Ave., Palm Springs, FL 33461. Please join us in celebrating the life of our beloved Joe at a reception immediately following in the Life Center Hall.
"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life."John 5:24
"Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever."
Professional arrangements by:
Gary Panoch Funeral Home
6140 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33487