Joseph John DelVecchio, Jr.


Joseph John DelVecchio, Jr., 86, of Hagerstown, MD, joined his beloved wife in heaven on Monday, August 8, 2022. Born January 26, 1936, in Rochester, NY, he was the only child of the late Mary (Marciano) and Joseph John DelVecchio, Sr.

Formerly of Rome, NY, and Fairfax, VA, Joe held a PhD of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. Joe proudly served in the US Army and then the Reserves, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He had a long and successful career within the federal government, retiring in 1996.

Joe married the love of his life, Jeanette (Pace) DelVecchio on June 9, 1972, and they were soon after blessed with a daughter, Joey Jan, the baby sister to his three step-children. Joe was a devoted husband, father, and later grandfather and great-grandfather. His extended clan all adore their “Papa” and have been incredibly lucky to enjoy countless gatherings with him over so many years, usually involving meals shared together and a mean game of cards, especially Pitch.

After the loss of his dear wife in 2003, Joe was regularly found crossing state lines to visit friends and family in his trusty Lincoln Town Car, clocking well over 270,000 miles on the odometer. He was an avid golfer, card-player, friend and family man, as well as a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. No matter what life threw his way, he NEVER failed to mail a birthday card. He will be greatly missed by too many to mention.

Joe is survived by his daughter, Joey Hemphill (husband Henry); step-daughter, Loren Butters (husband Randy); step-son, Richard Abbott; four local grandchildren, Emily, Hayley, Jeremy and Brody Hemphill; and many, many more grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by his step-daughter, Lynn Messenger.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, 8600 Country Club Dr, Rome, NY 13440. Chapel and graveside services will be scheduled in Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 224 W. Washington St, Hagerstown, MD 21740. Online condolences accepted at