Joseph J. Scanlon, 78, passed away Sunday, December 6, 2020 in Dover, Delaware of COVID-19. Born in Newark, NJ he resided in Kendall Park, NJ from 1977 – 2015 before relocating to Magnolia, Delaware. Joe was a pilot in the US Air Force during the Vietnam conflict and was highly decorated, including being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After 5 years of active duty service, he continued on in the Air National Guard and Civil Air Patrol, retiring from the Air Force with rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Joe worked for NY Bell Telephone as an engineer then as a pilot for the flight department of NY Bell, AT&T, Lucent, Avaya and CIT. His flying career spanned 45 years. In addition, Joe enjoyed many years as a real estate agent working in the Kendall Park area.
Joe was a communicant of St. Augustine of Canterbury Church in Kendall Park where he served on the Social Ministry Board beginning in 1977 and maintained the Eucharist Ministers schedule upon its inception in 1980. He was a dedicated volunteer and served as a member of the South Brunswick Transportation Committee. A devoted Catholic, Joe was a Commander in the Knights of the Equestrian Order of Holy Sepulchre.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years Marlene (nee Van Alystne), his children Kelly Laprade (James), Patrick (Denise Bassett), Andrew (Karen Bruck), Carol (Tabatha Petersen), grandchildren Kellene Laprade, Katherine Truax, Michael Scanlon, John Dorow, Thomas Scanlon, Drew Scanlon, Killian Scanlon, and Maire Scanlon, brothers Thomas Scanlon and Lawrence Scanlon, and was predeceased by his parents Joseph Sr. and Elizabeth Scanlon.
A private viewing and funeral will be held Friday, December 11, at MJ Murphy Funeral Home and St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, followed by entombment at Holy Cross Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to: