Joseph Michael Azzara, age 64, of Princeton, NJ, entered into eternal rest Sunday morning, July 19, 2020.
Beloved husband of Barbara Hinkle-Azzara, devoted father of Michael Joseph of Charlotte, NC and John Thomas of Asbury Park, NJ, and dear brother to Anthony (Sherry) of Jupiter, FL, Patrick of Manhattan, NY, and Carol Ann (Bob) Eberhardt of Palm Bay, FL. Joe was cherished by his loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and many extended family and friends.
Born April 5, 1956, Joe was raised in Corona and Port Jefferson, New York, son of the late Anthony J. Azzara and Olga Azzara (nee DiNello). He later moved to Canton, OH where he began his working life at Republic Steel as an engineer. This was just the first step of an extensive dedicated career that later led him back to New York and the nascent field of Management Information Systems. Joe spent over 20 fruitful years at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital (later Continuum Health Partners and Capgemini) in NYC, and subsequently landed at Accenture where he continued his commitment to hard work and the advancement and encouragement of successful teams and projects. Throughout these years, many of Joe’s colleagues were impacted by his compassionate and supportive leadership style.
Joe placed his highest priority on raising his two sons – always finding time for soccer tournaments near and far, assisting with schoolwork, and organizing ski trips. His other passions included golfing, taking care of his home – which was never visited by a plumber or an electrician – exploring small towns with his wife, particularly in Italy and France, and enjoying wine and good conversation with family and friends. Joe had an uncanny ability to spot a wine ‘winner’ in advance and took pride in his prescient picks.
Above all, Joe was defined by his strength of character – which was truly evidenced by his unwavering battle with cancer. Joe will be remembered as someone who was easy to talk with, who loved his family, and who held fast to his convictions.
Arrangements are being handled by the MJ Murphy Funeral Home in Monmouth Junction NJ. Due to the COVID public health emergency, the family will not hold a visitation. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, July 25th at 10:15 a.m. at St. Augustine of Canterbury, 45 Henderson Road, Kendall Park NJ 08824. Following the funeral mass, entombment services will be privately held for family at Holy Cross Burial Park and Mausoleum in Jamesburg, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blavatnik Family Chelsea Medical Center at Mount Sinai Giving @ In Memory of Joseph Azzara