Joseph J. Saponaro (Joe) passed away on April 26, 2022. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Joe was born March 9, 1955 in Brooklyn, NY. In his early life he was a renowned plumber, known as the Pipe Doctor. It was in New York where he met his beautiful wife Donna of 32 years. A few years after they married, their adoring son Joey was born. After years in New York, Joe made his life in CT as a high stakes casino dealer. In this line of work he met a lot of famous people in his day, dealing to the likes of Pete Rose, David Ortiz, and Muhammad Ali. Just like anyone who came across Joe, they loved his outgoing and friendly personality. Griswold, CT is where Joe spent the past 27 years. A huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan, he would literally give the shirt off his back to anyone. An avid dancer and life of the party, in his free time he loved looking at open houses, cars, and even started to take up some golfing with his son upon retirement. One of his greatest joys though was becoming a Papa to his grandson Tyler, who he loved so dearly. Joe, son of Joseph and Millie Saponaro, is survived by his wife Donna, son Joey and his wife Annie, grandson Tyler, daughter Desiree, brother James Saponaro, sister Grace Arzillo, their spouses, and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a service TODAY April 29th at 1:30pm at Mulryan Funeral Home, 725 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury. Entombment will follow in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.