In Loving Memory of Joseph Patrick D'Apice, MD

November 22, 1939
Bridgeport, CT
May 06, 2020
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Private burial. A public Mass will be held when safe to do so.


Family Gathering


Fairfield College Preparatory School

Home Instead Senior Care Foundation

Joseph Patrick D'Apice, MD

Joseph Patrick D’Apice, MD (80) departed peacefully from this life on May 6, 2020 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was the beloved husband of Cecilia Huber D’Apice (Chee-Chee) with whom he shared 55 years of marriage and a passion for hosting elegant dinner parties featuring his homemade pizza and breads. Joe and Chee-Chee spent many enjoyable hours together antique hunting and decorating their home with a myriad of treasures they prized for their beauty and history. The stylish couple could frequently spotted on the dance floor, twirling to big band music.

Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Joe was the son of the late Anthony and Martha Petrucelli D’Apice of Trumbull and Fairfield and the brother of Rita D’Apice Gould (Van) of Killingworth. He was a graduate of Fairfield College Preparatory High School, Fairfield University and St. Louis University Medical School. Hundreds of Dr. D’Apice’s patients will remember a witty, caring man nattily attired in a suit, tie and suspenders.

He began his 47-year career in Psychiatry with a residency at Fairfield Hills Hospital in Newtown, Connecticut followed by a Psychiatric Residency at Yale University. While maintaining a bustling private practice in Fairfield, Connecticut, Dr. D’Apice served as Attending Psychiatrist at St.Vincent’s Medical Center and the Norwalk Hospital Psychiatric Clinic. He was honored to serve as a Consultant to the Diocese of Bridgeport, Marriage Tribune and enjoyed mentoring students as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College. A member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. D’Apice was also a Diplomate of The American College of Forensic Examiners and the American Board of Forensic Medicine. Dr. D’Apice was a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

He leaves behind his children Mary D’Apice (Yoshi Ogawa) of Indianapolis, Martie D’Apice (John Banks) of New York City, A.J. D’Apice (Jennie) of LaGrange, IL and Ann D’Apice of Barcelona, Spain. Dad was very proud of his Italian heritage and his children are so grateful he passed on its many culinary delights. His children will miss his sense of humor and colorful turns of phrase. “Beeba” will lovingly be remembered and widely quoted by grandchildren Aya, Lucas, Ally, Evie, Hank and Leo who fondly recall his favorite catch phrase - “We have more fun than people!”

A private burial will be held on Saturday, May 9. When it is safe to gather, friends and family will be invited to a Catholic Mass with all the pageantry he adored. His family plans to make the consummate host and life-of-the-party beam with pride when he looks down upon a jubilant celebration of his life.

Memorial donations can be made to Fairfield Colleg Preparatory School. Alternatively, in appreciation of the exemplary care and friendship Home Instead staff provided to Dr. D’Apice, his children invite you to donate to the organization’s charitable fund, Home Instead Senior Care Foundation.

Sign the Guestbook

Print Guestbook

17 Guestbook Entries for Joseph Patrick D’Apice, MD

  1. My sincere sympathy to all of Dr.D’Apice family and friends. He helped me tremendously so many years ago (47yrs.ago) with my emotional turmoil. I have never forgotten him and have mentioned him so many times when referring to my story of the helped I received from him that helped change my life. I’ll always have fond memories of him. Thank you Dr. D’Apice you’ve earned your wings.

  2. Though I never met Rita’s brother, her respect and fondness for him always glowed in her face when she spoke of him. It was obvious though he was a brother, he was also a lifetime friend. My sympathies to Rita and the D’Apice

    • Hi Rita,
      I’m Very Sorry to Hear of the Passing of your Brother Joe. My Condolences To You & Your Family. May He RIP.
      Earl B. Benedetto

  3. Dear Chee Chee, Mary, Martie, AJ, Ann, Rita. Our heartfelt and sincere condolences for the loss of your beloved husband, father and brother Joe. Our prayers are with you. He had a great sense of humor and a wonderful, caring and warm relationship with his patients. He was very generous in offering extra time and advices. Dr. D’Apice will be greatly missed.

  4. We offer our hearfelt condolences to Che Che,, Mary, Martie, A.J. and Ann on the loss of their pater familias and our good friend Dr. Joe. Al has known Joe since Mrs. Hanson’s kindergarten class at Beardsley school in 1944 and again as classmates at Fairfield Prep. Karen has known him since her nursing school days when Joe was an orderly at St. Vincent’s Hospital. Later, Joe and Che Che became the next door neighbors to Al’s parents on Old MIll Road, which happened again when Che Che called us in 1995 with the news that she had the listing on my parent’s former home and we simply had to buy it (which we did). We were neighbors again for twenty five years and enjoyed many happy times together, and chats in Joe’s office by the fireplace and the collection of walking sticks. Joe was a very good friend and confidant who could find some humor in just about any situation. We last spoke on the phone just about two weeks ago. Dr. Joe will be sorely missed. He was one of a kind.

  5. Dear Cee Cee and Family,
    I am so saddened by this news. I was a patient of Dr. D’Apice for many years but I always regarded him as my dear friend. He was one of the smartest and most compassionate people I have ever known. He helped me to understand my anxiety and its biological and genetic origins and gave me the confidence to overcome the nagging disorder. Without him, I never would have been able to get married, travel, or have children. He also gave me insights I found nowhere else which guided many of my most important life decisions. His blunt, undiplomatic opinions cut to the heart of a matter and were often hilarious; I will miss them most of all. I’ve only seen him once since his retirement, but the lessons he taught me still bear fruit because I have “taken him with me” as he often advised. I am certain Dr. D’Apice was escorted to heaven and welcomed as a faithful servant of God. May Our Lord comfort you all with happy memories and peace.
    Tina Kelly

  6. My sincere condolences to the D’Apice family. Dr. D’Apice was a member of the medical staff at St. Vincent’s Medical Center for 47 years. He will be missed!

  7. There are few people a person meets and gets to know and respect more than I have getting to know Dr. Joe D”Apice. A wonderful brilliant loving caring Professional. DR JOE you will be greatly missed by us all for all the right reasons.
    Fred Stevens

  8. My deepest condolences to the family . To my Dearly Loved Beeba you will be missed but will be remembered in so many “GOOD WAYS”. I never ever forget when you and (Chee-Chee) came and stayed with us you all brought “LITTLE BLUE TRUCK” . Rest In Peace. XO XO XO…….

  9. Dear Martie and family,
    What a wonderful tribute to a clearly loving and generous man. May those memories carry you through these emotional times. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Mary-Ann Matyas

  10. “Cecs” I am so sorry for you and your family. My history with you and your family started in 1971 when I was first assigned to St. Pius X Church, Fairfield. What an honor and delight to connect. Furthering the relationship was your husband’s profound help with our Tribunal cases, as well as his “ear” to some of my laments! I look forward to joining you at his memorial Mass. Until such, Blessings of comfort and Graces of Hope…Fr. Michael A. Boccaccio

  11. Joe was the best brother a little sister could have. We were best friends. He was so skinny during high school, he had to drink a fattening potion! What happened, Joe? If a friend of mine didn’t have a dance date, he would take her and we’d double date. He was also good at doing my chemistry and Latin homework, so that I could cheerlead at a game. (He was easy.) I loved him with all my heart and I always will. We’ll always be dance partners wherever we are. Miss you.

    • CeCe and Family, Joe and I were both skinny kids together at FCPS. I don’t know how we both enlarged our stature!I think it had something to do with wonderful Italian food. Joe was a good friend in my ministry over the years. He helped me to help many others including my brother Priests. I always respected his wise words which often were quite colorful but honest. I do look forward to celebrating this good Catholic Gentleman in the near future at St.Thomas and one day enjoying his company in the Kingdom of our God. RIP,Joe. Be assured of my prayers for all of his family. Fr.Scheyd

  12. When I am able to do so, I will offer Mass for my classmate, Joe. I remember him well from Prep days. We both wanted to become doctors. Well, we did, but doctors of a different kind: Joe a doctor of the human mind, and myself, a doctor of the soul. I will ask Joe’s intercession as an M.D. in heaven to pray for a prompt end to our pandemic as well as for the restoration of some semblance of sanity to the government of our beleaguered nation. God bless you, my brother’s family! Fr John

  13. We are so sorry to read of Joe’s death who was a classmate at both The Prep and the University
    We offer our condolences to his family.

    We were sorry to read of Joe’s death. He was a classmate of mine at both The Prep and Fairfield University. Deirdre knew him when he was an orderly at St. Vincent’s when she was in nursing school there. He always was all class! May God be kind to him.

  14. Dear Mrs. D’Apice and Family,
    I am very saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. D’Apice. He was a kind and brilliant man who helped me understand the science underlying anxiety and I will always be grateful to him for his help especially after I lost my Dad (who taught Dr. D’Apice at Fairfield U.) Dr. D’Apice was the best of the best! He truly was a “Man for Others” in the Jesuit tradition and a man whom I greatly admired. I know he is smiling down on his family from a beautiful spot in heaven where he is eternally happy. I will miss this great man and please know that you are all in my prayers.

  15. Dear Mrs. D’Apice and Family,
    I am very saddened to hear of Dr. D’Apice’s passing. He was a very kind and brilliant man – truly a “Man for Others” in the Jesuit tradition.
    Dr. D’Apice helped me to understand the science of anxiety and supported me when I lost my own Dad (who had taught him at Fairfield U. so many years ago). I will never forget his kindness and wonderful sense of humor. I know he is smiling down on his family from a beautiful spot in heaven! Please know that you are all in my prayers.
    Christine Ross Earls