Joseph (Joe) Orlando Labbadia, 90, of Farmington, passed away peacefully Sept. 5, 2017, at UConn Health Center, surrounded by his family.
Joe was born Jan. 15, 1927, in Lenola, Italy, son of the late Lorenzo and Rosaria (Carroccia) Labbadia, arriving through Ellis Island in 1930 with his parents. The family settled in Farmington where he was raised and attended local schools. Joe enlisted in the United States Army in 1945, during WWII and he served in Japan shortly after the bombing in Hiroshima. He was a decorated sharpshooter who took great pride in serving our country.
Joe returned to Farmington in 1947, where he joined his father in the landscaping business. He soon met the love of his life, Elizabeth Rachel Power. They were married on Feb. 7, 1948, and they resided in Farmington where they raised their family.
Joe worked for Farmington Savings Bank as a landscaper, winning numerous awards during his 64 years of service, retiring in 2012 at the age of 85. His passion for maintaining the shrubbery at the bank, as well as landscaping for private residents, kept him active and young.
Joe loved to cook; meatballs, pizza and apple pie were among his most prized dishes. He took pride in sharing recipes and having friends over to enjoy his cooking. Joe would rarely eat with the folks who he would cook for, rather, he would sit back, smile, and start doing the dishes, knowing that all of his hard work in the kitchen was deeply appreciated by those around his table. Joe enjoyed hearing the conversations and laughter that his friends and family shared as they enjoyed his meals.
Joe is predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth, whom he adored. She went to the Heavenly Father in 1997, as well as three brothers and a sister.
Joe is survived by his daughters, Linda M. Labbadia of West Hartford, Louise and her husband, Howard Loew, of Hampton and Lisa and her husband, Craig Hahn, of Farmington. Joe also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Shelley McCone and her husband, Ryan, of Manchester, Cori Metcalf and her husband, Will, of Louisville, Ky., Cassidy Loew of Louisville, Ky., Shannon Sprowles and her husband, Jeremiah, of Farmington, Colby Loew and her fiancé, McKenzie Cox, of Louisville, Ky., Joseph Hahn and his fiancé, Catriona Calo, of Plainville and Conner Loew of Boston, Mass..
Joe’s family continued to grow, too. He leaves behind four great-grandchildren, Drake Austin Sprowles of Farmington, Jack Albert, Paul Moritz and Ruth Loretta Metcalf of Louisville, Ky. Joe has one surviving sister, Gertrude Deperry, of Torrington as well as a family special friend, Phyllis “Dilly” Bell, of Farmington, who he treated as another daughter. Lastly, he leaves several nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude for the exceptional care given by the third floor staff of the UConn Health Center to Joe during his final days on Earth, as well as his entire family.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10 a.m. Burial with full military honors will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joe can be made to The Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS, 66675-8517.
To send online condolences to the family, visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com .