Joseph Padovan

joseph padovan

June 11, 1933 ~ May 22, 2024

Born in: Lussinpicollo, Italy-Croatia
Resided in: Rocky Point, New York

Joseph Padovan was a beloved husband to Rosa for almost 60 years, a loving father to John and Umberto and a beloved grandfather to Pano, Valentina, Luca, Francesca and Johnny. Joseph was born in Lussinpiccolo (Mali Lošinj), a small island on the Adriatic coast in Croatia, to Francesca and Giovanni Padovan. As 1 of 9 children, his siblings Maria, Anita, Eva, Franco, Umberto, Rita, Fides and Lucia grew up in a simple and humble home surrounded by love. After he returned from his mandatory service with the Merchant Marines, he left his home together with his sister Maria and her family to escape political unrest. On December 16, 1956, in the middle of the night, they crossed the Adriatic Sea in a small boat and arrived in Ancona, Italy 20 hours later. He eventually made his way to New York where he had various jobs before starting his career as a NYC union carpenter. Throughout his career, he worked on many well known NYC landmarks such as the General Motors Tower, Lincoln Center, and The World Trade Center. Joseph passed his love for singing to his five grandchildren, Pano, Valentina, Luca, Francesca and Johnny, all of whom love and adore him immensely. He enjoyed playing checkers and singing with them. He was a devout Catholic; a man of strong faith who started as an altar boy in his hometown and continued to be an active member of the church community wherever he lived. In his own quiet way, he showed by example what it is to be a loving husband, kindhearted father, and amazing grandfather. He loved his family, building with his hands, tending to his garden, swimming in the ocean and complaining about the New York Mets. All who knew him described him as a wonderful, kind and gentle soul and he will be missed dearly.


Visitation: May 29, 2024 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

Second Visitation: May 29, 2024 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

Mass: May 30, 2024 9:30 am

Saint Anthony of Padua R.C. Church
614 Route 25A


Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
3442 Rt. 112
CORAM, NY 11727

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Joseph Padovan 's name.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

501 St. Jude Place



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  1. candleLast week we were so saddened to hear of the passing of your father! I got the privilege to meet him once and he was a wonderful human being and a very good man! May he rest in eternal peace with God and take solace in the fact that he is definitely in a far better place than we are, He will be deeply missed

  2. candleDad,
    You are a LEGEND!
    Now that you are in heaven, I pray that I never lose my memory because I want to remember and reminisce about every moment we have shared.
    Thank you for being the greatest Father & Grandpa, EVER!
    We have ALL been blessed by knowing you.
    Until we are together again.
    I LOVE YOU!❤️

  3. Uncle Joe,
    Although we have lived our lives distant from each other, there has been special moments that we shared together and I will always cherish them , and on that day when we’ll see each other again., we’ll talk about them, that is God’s promise , as we read it in the book of ;
    John 3:16 , “for God so loved the world that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”.
    I will see you again and I believe in that promise.
    Love , ALDO

  4. candleBert & Family,
    I’m deeply sorry for the loss of your father, he was a wonderful man. He was always around to lend a helping hand, I have nothing but positive memories anytime I was around Joe. He will be missed by you and your family but he is now in a better place and resting in peace. Sending my deepest condolences. Please take care of yourself and your family. God Bless!

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