In Loving Memory of Joseph M. D'Addario

January 31, 1934
Bridgeport, CT
November 28, 2017
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Gathering Room at Black Rock Church, Saturday, December 2, 2017 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

3685 Black Rock Turnpike,
CT 06825

December 02, 2017


Worship Center at Black Rock Church

Celebration of Life

3685 Black Rock Turnpike,
CT 06825

Saturday, December 2, 2017 2:00 PM


Family Gathering


Pivot Ministries

485 Jane Street,
CT 06608

Joseph Michael D'Addario

Joseph Michael D’Addario, of Fairfield, entered into eternal rest Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in his home surrounded by his loving family and friends following a long, courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born in 1934 in Bridgeport to Joseph G. and Anna Carrano D’Addario. After graduating from Bassick High School in 1953, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. His training schools were in NC and FL before being deployed to Korea and Hawaii as an Aviation Ordnance Specialist. He obtained the rank of Sergeant before his honorable discharge in 1956. Following his tour of duty Joe was employed as a printer at McKesson and Robbins in Fairfield for nine years where he met and married his life-long sweetheart Donna Lee Gay. They married in 1958 and had four children.

In 1956 Joe joined the Fairfield Police Department. He studied to receive his Associates Degree in Criminology while on the job. He transferred to the Detective Bureau in the 1970’s and achieved the rank of Sergeant before retiring in 1990. He served 25 years on the force making lasting friendships and retaining many memories.

Joe served at Black Rock Congregational Church for over 50 years in ministries including Boys Brigade, Music and Deacons Boards, Home Visitation, Car Ministry and the assistant to Pastor Jim Marshall in 17 years of Christmas Musicals. In later years he was a member of Young at Heart Senior Group and traveled extensively.

In his lifetime Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his beloved family and faithful friends. Joe D. or Sarge, as he was known, was respected by all who knew him.

He was predeceased by his daughter Judi in 2000. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Donna, his remaining sister, Marge Kardos, three beloved sons, Gary of Colebrook, Mark of CA and Robert and his wife Jody of Trumbull; cherished grandchildren, Ashton and Brent Picard, Gunnar and Hunter, Max and Cameron Lynn and great-grandson Logan. He was also predeceased by two sisters, Marie DiStasi and Clara O’Connor and a brother, Louis Daddario. Special mention for his favorite nieces and nephews and very supportive friends. His long life on earth is finished, but the best is yet to come in Heaven.

A celebration of Joe’s life will be held Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Black Rock Church, 3685 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield. Military honors will be rendered at the conclusion of the service. Friends may call in the church Gathering Room Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Interment will be private in Vermont. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Pivot Ministries, 485 Jane Street, Bridgeport, CT 06608. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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6 Guestbook Entries for Joseph Michael D’Addario

  1. I’m sorry to hear of Joe’s death. He was a fine man with a warm smile and a loving heart. May he be at peace.

    Unfortunately I will be unable to attend the service because I have to work.

    To his wife and family….I pray for your strength.


    Robert Nolfi

  2. Dear Donna and family. The tears of heaven have fallen on Fairfield with Joes passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy to your family, for I will be unable to attend services due to illness. I know that Joe is with GOD and the angels and heaven is enhanced with his presence there and the world is a lesser place without him. May GOD comfort you and your family in this time of sorrow.

  3. Wish I could be there for the services Donna. Mine and Barb’s thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Butch and Barb

  4. Donna, Joe was one of my favorite people at Black Rock. I always appreciated his firm handshake and rye smile. Thanks for all he did for numerous Mission Confetences. Sarge is home but will be missed. May you feel God’s comfort. Pastor Larry

  5. Dear Donna and Family;
    Joe served his country and town with honor and distinction.
    He will always be remembered.
    Our deepest sympathy.
    Bill and Barbra Mockalis

  6. Dear Donna:

    My heart is broken at the loss of my dear and long-time friend, Joe! But I know he’s happy that he’s finally home w/Jesus, and w/his buddy Izzy! How wonderful that I was able to spend a week at your home in October with you and Joe. I am forever grateful for being there sharing w/him and you. My prayers and heartfelt sympathy to you, dear friend (sister) are with you and your family. The Flores family loves you very much!