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Joseph Zappo III

November 22, 1956 - December 14, 2017

Joseph Zappo III, 61, of Newark, Delaware, passed away suddenly at home with his son, Nick, by his side, on Thursday, December 14, 2017.

He was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 1956, at Wilmington General Hospital, to the late Joseph, Jr. and Mollie (Moeller) Zappo.
Joey worked for DuPont at the Newark Vespel plant, for 32 years in various positions. His last, as an engineering technician, being the one he enjoyed the most. He began his career with DuPont on a contract with Wilmington Sheet Metal Works.

In his personal life, Joey was a 3rd Degree Mason and a member of Solomon Lodge No. 36 in Newark, Delaware, for the past 31 years. Joey had many hobbies over the years. He was a talented crafter, musician, motorcyclist, loved restoring cars and motorcycles, band parenting, remote control planes and most of all loved fishing. He loved spending weekends at the cottage in Lewes. Joey and his lifelong friends, Jim Hutchinson and Mike Hennessy made an annual fishing trip to Lake George, New York for the past 20 years and added Nick and Mike Jr. to the group when they were old enough to join them. He loved his cats, his friends, cooking holiday dinners and his family, above all else, wholeheartedly and unconditionally. He was so happy to be a grandfather and was elated when Jennifer and John brought Jake into his life.

Joey is survived by his wife of 39 years, Brenda L. (MacFadden), whom he loved from the moment he met her, on a blind date in 1975; daughter Jennifer Whisler and husband John, son Nick Zappo, grandson, Jake Maverick Whisler and sister, Rozie Zappo and fiance Blamoh Doe, all of Newark, Delaware.

As per Joey’s wishes, no funeral services will be held. A party will be held celebrating his life at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark, 420 Willa Road, Newark, DE 19711, on Saturday, December 30th at 12pm. Masonic Services will commence at 12:30pm.

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7 Condolences for Joseph Zappo III

  • Brenda, so sorry for your loss.

  • Brenda and family, My sincerest sympathies. Joey was a great guy. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. You have many precious memories, just hold onto them.

  • My simpthy to the whole family. He was a great man great father great husband and wonderful pappy. Even though time spent was to short I’m glad jake got to spend time with him. He was loved by many!

  • I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Please contact me if you want to talk – I’ve been where you are.

  • Brenda, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Debra

  • Rozie, Brenda, Jennifer and Nick,
    I am still numb from this sad sad news of which I will never fully comprehend. There are not enough words to express my sorrow and most sincere condolences.

    Rest peacefully my old friend. I wish we had spent more time together over the years. Fear not though, for I will see you again and we will laugh and carry on just like we did when we were kids. Until then….Dennis


    I am in total shock. I wonderful man who carried about everyone The think I remember about him most is our trip to the Philadelphia auto show.

    We had a terrific time except trying to find parking at the EXPO. I always enjoyed how caring he was with everyone he met.

    I will truly be missed.

    I am very saddened.

    Paul and Barbara Daniel

    P.S I am currently in VERO BEACH FLORIDA or I would have attended the funeral.