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Joseph Robert Francisco, Jr.  

Joseph Robert Francisco, Jr.

September 21, 1978 – March 1, 2014

Joseph Robert Francisco, Jr., age 35, of Wilmington, DE passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware on September 21, 1978, Joey was a son of Joseph R. Francisco, Sr. and Doreen M. Stegura Ciaffi. He was a member of the Sanford School’s graduating class of 1997. Most recently, Joey was employed as a shop assistant for Cassidy Painting.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph, Sr. and uncle, Richard V. Francisco, Jr. He is survived by his mother and step father, Doreen and Gary M. Ciaffi of Hockessin, DE; siblings, Almondo Christopher Ciaffi of New York, NY, Alexa A. Ciaffi of Hockessin, DE, Nicole Votta of Newark, DE, Taylor Haas of Newark, DE, Alexander X. Francisco of Wilmington, DE and Jacob V. Francisco of Wilmington, DE; maternal grandparents, Theodore and Cecelia Stegura of Wilmington, DE; paternal grandparents, Richard and JoAnne R. Smith Francisco of Wilmington, DE; aunts, Charlene Saunders (Dr. Jonathan Saunders) and Kathleen Wheatley; uncles, William A. Francisco and Robert M. Williams; his faithful canine companion, Sir Chaucer; and many additional aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am on Friday morning, March 7, 2014, at St. Mary of the Assumption R.C. Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE, where a visitation will be held from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will follow in the Brandywine Baptist Cemetery, Chadds Ford, PA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Delaware Humane Association, 701 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 or to Father Martin’s Ashley, 800 Tydings Lane, Havre de Grace, MD 21078.

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  1. Annemarie Hobson, March 6, 2014

    Prayers and sympathy to the family as you journey through this difficult time.

  2. Karen and Micael Shankoff, March 6, 2014

    We are so saddened by this news and will be there on Friday to show love and support to your family.

  3. Sharon Almondo, March 6, 2014

    Doreen, I’m very sorry to hear of Joey’s passing. I can’t imagine the pain you are feeling. God will walk with you down this dark road. God Bless all of you.

  4. Frank & Barbra Richel, March 6, 2014

    May God help you find comfort and peace in his passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and all of his family and friends.

  5. Joyce Reid, March 6, 2014

    So deeply sorry Doreen & Gary about Joey. My prayers & thoughts are with you both.

  6. Patricia Fowler, March 6, 2014

    Joey, so young, I hope you find peace

  7. Michael Graves, March 6, 2014

    Our prayers are with you Doreen & Gary and your family. We are sadden by the passing of your son Joey.

  8. Patrice Armour Pala, March 6, 2014

    To each of my dear friends: May your fond memories assist you all thru this difficult time. Blessings of friends and family surround. May you each find peace in the knowledge that Joey always felt the love which constantly surrounded him.
    Your friends, Stephen and Patti

  9. Cathy Moor, March 6, 2014

    Hugs and prayers to all of your family, so very sorry for your loss!

  10. Tim and Elyse Ratsep, March 6, 2014

    Your family is in our prayers. May you and your family find peace.

  11. Richard & Evelyn Claveloux, March 6, 2014

    Richard & JoAnne So sorry to hear of the death of one of your family

  12. Sharon Litchford Hughes, March 6, 2014

    My deepest sympathy. May God guide you through this difficult time.

  13. Susan Hahn, March 6, 2014

    Doreen, Gary and family,
    Out thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. Please know that we are there with you all in spirit so sorry we are not able to be there for the ceremony.


    Sue and Dick Hahn

  14. Julia Ray, March 6, 2014

    my heart and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow and pain. my condolences to you Doreen and your family.

  15. Todd Hines Sr. & Cara Hines ,Todd Jr. & Benjamin, March 6, 2014

    Our thought and prayers go out to you and your family.Joey was a wonderful young man who will be deeply missed by his friends and family. May God bless your familyand friends through this tragic time.

  16. Michael and Lisa Cassidy, March 7, 2014

    We are deeply sorry for your loss. Joey was a kind man and a very hard worker and did a great job for us he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.

  17. Geo & Dimitri Laskaris, March 7, 2014

    Dear Dor,
    If there was one word or 10 words for 10,000 words that I could say to help you through this grieving process, I would speak then. Unfortunately, there’s nothing I or anyone else can say that will change your broken heart from the loss of your son. Thank God you have a loving and caring husband and father to your other children, which will play a huge role several months from now. Trust me on this one.

    I know you have heard this 1 million times, but I will make it 1,000,001 by saying, if there is anything Dimitri and I can do or if there’s something you need we will be the first in-line. I butt in front of the line. Please pass my condolences to the entire Francisco family. Stay strong, and remember that Gary, along with half of the state of Delaware will be there to help you get through this unfortunate situation.

    Love you,

    Geo and Dimitri

  18. Bill and Peggy (Nocket) Patti, March 8, 2014

    Doreen and Gary,

    We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your son Joey. May God keep all of your family in his care at this difficult time.

  19. Judy Morris, March 9, 2014

    Doreen, I just read this, I’m am so deeply sorry. I can’t even imagine the pain you are in. My heart breaks for you and your family. If there is anything I can do please let me know.

    George and Judy Morris

  20. Ellen Masso, March 9, 2014

    Dear Doreen and family,

    Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your son Joseph. Know you and your family are in my prayers. Ellen

  21. Hank and Joan Winchester, March 10, 2014

    Doreen, Gary and Family,

    This morning we just learned of the saddest of news one can hear. We feel helpless but confident that the prayers we offer up for you will not fall on deaf ears and somehow you will be given the strength to carry on. Doreen and Gary if there is anything you need please let us know.
    With our love to you,

    Hank and Joan Winchester

  22. Dee Harris, March 11, 2014

    Dear Doreen & Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Joey and send you my sincere condolences. May you find comfort from God’s word at Revelation 21:4. Heartfelt prayers are with your family.

  23. Rose, March 22, 2014

    Just as God knows the name of each star(Psalms 147:4) he knows what we are going through and comforts us during difficult times such as these.(James 4:8) He will soon “swallow death forever”(Isaiah 25:8) and “those in memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” (John 5:28,29) Jehovah God promises to resurrect or bring our loved ones back to life here on earth. God is all powerful and “cannot lie”(Titus 1:2) He will do all that he promises and we will be able to enjoy all his blessings. You may learn more at, may knowing more about his loving kindness help you during this difficult time.


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