James Joseph DeGrazio, Jr.
October 5, 1945 - August 27, 2019
James Joseph DeGrazio, Jr., age 73, of Wilmington, DE, and formerly of Newark, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Salem, NJ, on October 5, 1945, he was a son of the late James Joseph and Esther DeGrazio, Sr. As a young man, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a Purple Heart recipient. In civilian life, he made his career with Anchor Glass Container Corporation in Salem, where he retired after 20 years.
An avid sports fan throughout his life, Mr. DeGrazio greatly enjoyed cheering for his favorite teams, the Phillies and the Eagles and watching WWE live events. He was a talented gardener and looked forward to tending to his beautiful lawn each year. During his stay at the VA nursing home he discovered his love of art and his art work is proudly displayed at his son’s home.
In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, Lucille P. (Bozeman) DeGrazio. He is survived by his son, James A. DeGrazio (Beth A.) of Bear; and grandchildren, Jaden Burtnett and Tyler Lewandowski.
A committal service will be held at 10 am on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in James’ memory to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.