Joseph Barbera, age 94 of Lakewood Ranch FLA, formerly of Upper Saddle River, NJ, passed peacefully to heaven on June 17, 2022.
Joseph was born in Jersey City New Jersey to Joseph J. and Teresa Barbera. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Kathryn, and his oldest son Joseph. He is survived by his children; Patricia, wife of William Whited of Mahwah NJ; Teresa, wife of Peter Desbets of Ramsey NJ; Thomas J. and his wife Carol of Metairie LA; and James M. of Ridgeville SC. He has 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He enlisted in the US Army in 1943 and was assigned to the Specialized training program. He received an Honorable Medical Discharge in 1945. A graduate of Saint Peter’s University, he worked for the IRS for 8 years. He joined his father’s trucking and warehouse business for several years. Then owned a successful retail liquor and delicatessen store for six years in Jersey City before obtaining the position of corporate controller at Sea Land Services. He became VP of finance and administration where he helped develop and build the worlds largest privately owned port and marine terminal in Jersey City and Bayonne where he became president and member of the board. Upon retiring, he established a consulting firm advising clients within the maritime industry. He was recruited and became President of Metropolitan Marine Maintenance Contractors Association serving the maritime industry within the Port of New York and New Jersey until age 75.
He was very active in business and civic organizations. Which included: President of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce; board member of the Saint Peter’s University Regents; board member and campaign chairman of the Hudson County United Way; board member of the NY Shipping Association and Joint Contract Committee; board member of the National Association of Stevedores and Marine Terminal Operators; board member and officer of the Bayonne Economic Development Corporation; board member of the Jersey City Medical Center Trustees; board member of the New Jersey Alliance for Action association. He received congressional recognition for securing aide and free transportation for the victims of earthquakes in Italy and Ethiopia.
Joe has touched many lives with his knowledge, kindness and generosity. He always made everyone feel special. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Visitation will be held on Friday from 2-7 PM at Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home, 109 Darlington Ave, Ramsey. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 10 AM at St. Elizabeth R.C. Church in Wyckoff, NJ. Interment will follow at Redeemer Cemetery in Mahwah.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation (t2t.org) would be appreciated.
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