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Joe Pugliese

Joe Pugliese 1960-2022

When kindness supports our lives…

A few weeks ago, we lost one of the bright lights of our community: Joe Pugliese. For the last eight years, Joe delivered meals to tables at Pizza Gourmet, but, before that, he was “Mailman Joe,” covering routes around Mamaroneck with his familiar smile and easy conversation. While these two jobs gave him daily exposure to area residents, his personality made him seem like family. He was one of those people whose kindness quietly supported our lives.

People were shocked and heartbroken when his bereaved friends at Pizza Gourmet posted news of Joe’s sudden death. The comments poured in: “He was the most humble person; a heart of gold; one of the nicest people you will ever come across; he was a central part of our community for so long…”

The degree to which Joe touched so many of us would surprise no one more than Joe. During his 35 years as a mail carrier and eight years as a server, he brought gentleness and a twinkle in his eye to every interaction. “He was a friend to all,” one Facebook poster observed. “Every dog in the neighborhood loved Joe; he always had treats in his pocket for them.”

Anyone who knew Joe knew of his family. He proudly spoke about his wife Tina, his daughter, Victoria, and his son Michael. It didn’t take much for him to share photos of his two granddaughters, Sophia and Gianna, and even his dog Eddie. His loyalty to his family was fierce. We offer our deepest condolences to them as they grieve their loss.

A community gives back

People like Joe become part of our local landscape. In a challenging and volatile world, their steady and reassuring presences contribute to the place we call home. Sadly, we can underestimate their impact until they are gone.

Pizza Gourmet has set up a fund to honor the generosity of spirit that Joe brought to our community. His dedication to providing ongoing financial security for his loved ones was cut short by his death; please consider making a contribution in his memory. The link is HERE:

Here's the link to the full obituary


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