Joseph F. Smith, Jr.
September 10, 1943 – November 2, 2015
Joseph Francis Smith, Jr. of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully at the age of 72 on Monday, November 2, 2015 with his family surrounding him. He is now at peace with his mother, Anna Stephenson, and nephew, Alan Thomas, Jr., who was like a son to him.
Born in Salem, NJ on September 10, 1943, Joseph later relocated and made his home in Delaware. He was an enthusiast of NASCAR, football, and baseball. His laugh was contagious and his smile lit up the room. However, Joseph’s greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with his wife and family. He cherished simple moments spent with his family at his wife’s and his home in Wilmington, DE.
Joseph battled heart disease for most of his life. He also courageously overcame alcoholism and achieved 26 years of sobriety. His strength was an inspiration to all who were close to him.
Joseph made a career as a skilled electrician at DuPont in Newport, DE for 31 years before launching a self-owned business, Smitty’s Electrical Service.
A family man to the core, Joseph is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Dorothy; his six children who were his greatest pride and joy, and their partners, Robert Smith of Nashua, NH, Jeff Smith of Pennsville, NJ, John Grieshop of New Castle, DE, Nathan Smith of Wilmington, DE, Shellie Grieshop of Middletown, DE and Daniel Smith of Middletown, DE; 17 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and one great grandchild due in December. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Delores Tolino, and many close family and friends, especially Alan and Lucy Thomas. Finally, Joseph is survived by his cat who was so dear to him, Mr. Jingles.
Joseph’s family thanks their lifelong neighbor, Jack, who performed CPR that gave the family more time to say their goodbyes.
A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Friday morning, November 6, 2015, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joseph’s memory may be made to Christiana Care, P.O. Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899 and note “The Center for Heart and Vascular Health” in the memo line.