Joseph Taglieri, 53, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2020 surrounded by his loving family after a long and courageous battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Joseph was born April 12, 1966 and was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Frank and Loretta “Chicky & Babs” Taglieri. Joseph is survived by his sister, Laura (Taglieri) & Sam Fasciano and brother, David & Jennifer (Walsh) Taglieri. He is cherished by his nieces and nephews Michelle, Matthew & Bianca (Gallipani) & Amanda Fasciano, and Tyler & Tiffany Taglieri. He comes from an extended and loving circle of family and friends.
Joe spent his early childhood in Manahawkin, Hoboken, and later resided in Secaucus, where he graduated from Secaucus H.S. in 1985. His first job was in construction before finding his true calling as a police officer with the Hoboken Police Department. He served as a motorcycle officer and member of the S.W.A.T. team. Joe had a real passion for law enforcement and was a true patriot. He later received citations during his career for multiple burglary arrests. He was a first responder to the World Trade Center following the September 11th attack on search and rescue to save lives - an event that would later take his own. Joseph was later injured in the line of duty, retiring in 2006, and lived by the mantra, “Living the Dream”.
Joseph relocated to Ocean County to enjoy life on the water, his boat, “Freedom”, and an active social life on the Barnegat Bay. His favorite pastimes were spent on the water with his family and a large group of ‘pirate’ friends. He was a licensed boat captain, avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He looked forward to the annual family hunting trip with his many cousins. He made friends everywhere he traveled. Joseph was a loving and caring son and brother, a great civil servant who protected and served our community, and a friend and mentor to many people. His smile, sarcastic sense of humor, and love of life would light up any room. Joseph will long be remembered by all who had the chance to know and love him for his fun-loving spirit. His strength and toughness coupled with his vast knowledge from motors to music, armory to cooking, and his keen knowledge of trivia always made time with Joe interesting. A family member shared that “after years of ball-busting I now realize I was being taught skills and knowledge.” Joe was a mentor who touched and shaped so many lives. He was known by many monikers - some knew him as Joe Tag, Tags, Tigger, “Ultimate Joe” and - from his Barnegat Bay friends - Jack Daniels’ Joe.
Joseph is a brother, a hero, a fighter. And he is now in peace, which he so richly deserves.
Joseph’s family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the Hackensack University Medical Center, John Theurer Cancer Center and Bone Marrow Transplant Center teams for their clinical research and attentive care. Joseph fought the fight from the first day of his diagnosis, New Year’s Day 2019, and willingly participated in clinical trials to access care and advance cancer research. He was a warrior to the very end.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Turner Syndrome Foundation, PO Box 726, Holmdel, NJ 07733 or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4550 Montgomery Ave, Suite 1100 N, Bethesda, MD 20814.
The family will receive friends on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Saint Francis Roman Catholic Church, 308 Jefferson St, Hoboken, NJ. Visitation for family & friends between 9 am and 11 am. A Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am. The interment will follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 340 Ridge Rd, North Arlington, NJ.
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