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A funeral mass was held Feb. 21 at the Church of the Visitation, Brick Township, for Joseph Pelliccio, 91. He passed away Feb. 18 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick Township. He was born in Bayonne and lived in Jersey City and Brick Township for over fifty years. Joe served and saw combat action in the US Navy during World War II aboard the battleship USS Iowa and was again recalled to duty during the Korean War where he served aboard the battleship USS New Jersey. Joe began his law enforcement career in 1955 as a police officer with the Jersey City Police Department rising to the rank of lieutenant and receiving over 50 commendations and awards for excellent police service. He commanded several units and in the 1970s, Joe served as the aide to Jersey City Mayor Paul Jordan. Upon his retirement from the Jersey City Police Department, Joe then served in many leadership roles for several departments, including Undersheriff for the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department, Public Safety Director for the City of Bayonne, Assistant Criminal Division Manager for the Essex County Courts, Police Director for the Jersey City Police Department, Chief of Staff for the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Police Director for the West New York Police Department (where he retired in 2005). He was well known as a founding father of ice hockey in Jersey City and was this year’s recipient of the New Jersey Devils Dr. John McMullen award. Joseph was a member of UNICO National, Korean War Veterans Association of New Jersey, National Fraternal Order of Police, USS New Jersey Veterans, Catholic War Veterans, National Association of Chiefs of Police Honor Legion and many other charitable organizations. He was predeceased by his wife Anna Constance Pelliccio in 2011. Surviving are two sons Andrew Pelliccio and his wife Mary, Joseph Pelliccio and his wife Michele; his daughter JoAnn Pelliccio-Lindgren and her husband Robert Lindgren; his brother Ralph Pelliccio and his sister Angelina Cerbone; five grandchildren Jacqueline, Corinne, Alaine, Joseph and Nicholas; and four great grandchildren Norah Ann, and Abigail Pearl and Bennett Kesseman and Claire Danfelt. Services arranged by Weatherhead Young Funeral Home, Brick Township.

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