Joseph LaRiccia Jr.

Joseph LaRiccia Jr.

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Joseph C. LaRiccia, Jr. passed away peacefully on March 16 at the age of 83

Joseph C. LaRiccia, Jr., passed away peacefully on March 16th at the age of 83, surrounded by his loving family. Joe was born on January 20, 1938, in Montclair, New Jersey, and was a proud Mountie, playing football for Montclair High School before graduating in 1956. After high school, he earned a degree from Newark Vo-Tech School, before going on to proudly serve his country in the New Jersey National Guard for eight years. He then owned and operated Joseph LaRiccia Plumbing and Heating for 34 years before becoming a plumbing inspector for the townships of Maplewood, Millburn, South Orange, Short Hills, Verona, and West Caldwell. He later served as the assistant building inspector in the Township of Maplewood and the Treasurer of the Essex County Inspectors Association.

Joe received many honors during his long and productive career and served as a respected mentor to countless people. In 2017, he was presented with the “Person of the Year” award by the New Jersey Building Officials Association, and, in 2019, the New Jersey State Plumbing Inspectors Association selected him as the recipient of its prestigious “Plumbing Inspector of the Year” award. Joe was also a member of the Roseland Zoning Board of Adjustment and a plumbing sub code official for the Essex County Board of Appeals. As a result of his years of dedicated service, he earned a lifetime membership in the New Jersey Building Officials Association and the New Jersey State Plumbing Inspectors Association.

Joe enjoyed life to the fullest. He was an avid fisherman, fly fisherman, and woodworker, and he loved spending his time with his family at Via Vita, his country home in Pennsylvania. He will be immensely missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and all those whose lives he touched.

Joe is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years Isabella (Grapes) and his loving and devoted children Joseph (Suzanne), Kelly, Donna (Daniel), and Susan, his loving and devoted grandchildren Nicole Smith (Mike), Joseph Venutolo (Grace), Joseph and Bridget LaRiccia, Daniel, Nicholas, Ryan, Tyler, and Matthew Onove, his great granddaughter Coralai Elizabeth Venutolo,

He was predeceased by his mother, Grace LaRiccia-Marano, father, Joseph C. LaRiccia, his brothers Nicholas and Leonard.

Viewing will be held at Caggiano Memorial Home,62 Grove Street, Montclair 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, March 19th. A funeral mass will be held on March 20th at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Roseland, N.J. at 10:30am. The entombment will be at Immaculate Conception Cemetery .In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Saint Joseph’s Indian School at P.O. Box 100, Chamberlain, SD 57325.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, March 19th, 2021 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, March 19th, 2021 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Caggiano Memorial
    62 Grove St
    MONTCLAIR, NJ 07042
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 20th, 2021 | 10:30am
    Saturday, March 20th, 2021 10:30am
    Blessed Sacrament Church
    28 Livingston Ave
    ROSELAND, NJ 07068
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  • Interment

    Immaculate Conception Cemetery
    712 Grove St
    Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
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Dr and Mrs Vitta

Posted at 03:39pm
The Vitta Family sends their heartfelt sympathies to all of you. He is with the Angels in Paradise and he will always be with you as well. May he Rest In Peace. You will all meet again
The Vitta Family

Barbara Dunn

Posted at 10:52am
Dear Sue,

We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Barb and Casey Dunn

John Fiedler

Posted at 12:17pm
On behalf of the New Jersey Building Officials Association, I would like to express our sincerest condolences to the LaRiccia family. Joe was a great person and friend to our organization and he will be sadly missed.

John Fiedler
NJBOA President

Neil Rothberg

Posted at 09:04am
Please accept our sympathy and condolences. I met Mr. LaRiccia in 1980 and from that day forward always felt part of the family. Thinking of the entire family during these day's.

Neil & Marti Rothberg

Much love - Geordie, Irene & family

Posted at 06:36pm
Dear Isabelle, We are deeply sorry about the passing of your beloved Joe. We will continue to keep you & the family in our thoughts & prayers.
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