Giuseppe Rizzo

Giuseppe Rizzo

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
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Giuseppe “Joe” Rizzo, a loving father, husband and grandfather, was reunited with his beloved son in heaven on March 22, 2020 at the age of 80. He was the second of eight children born and raised in Montemaggiore Belsito, Sicily. A lifelong learner, he loved school but began work at a young age in order to help his family. At the age of 18, he moved to Palermo to study cabinet-making and became a master craftsman, furniture maker and designer. He immigrated to the US in 1963 and took up residence in Brooklyn, New York. There, during ESL night school, he met and courted his beautiful wife Maria of 52 years. Together, they raised three children, Francesca, Susanna and Anthony. He was an extremely involved and supportive father who encouraged his children to be happy, pursue their dreams, and never lose faith. Giuseppe was an entrepreneur whose vision and determination built a successful business in the garment district of Manhattan. He was a proud American citizen, who closely followed politics and voted in every election. He was a devout Catholic and active member of Our Lady of Grace Parish. In retirement, he worked tirelessly on his vegetable garden and gardens that he created at his daughters’ homes. He was very tech savvy for his generation and was one of the first to own a video camera and figured out new technology with great interest. With his resounding laughter and a smile that lit up the room, Giuseppe was truly loved by all who knew him. A devoted, generous and selfless husband, father and grandfather, his happiest days were spent in the frequent company of his family, especially his grandchildren Matthew, Michael, Joseph and Sofia. 
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    Greenwood Cemetery
    500 25th Street
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Andrea DiStefano

Posted at 01:22pm
In loving memory of Joe Rizzo. With Love, The DiStefano Family
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Riccardo, Daniela, and Luca LaMalfa

Posted at 08:15pm
Our Dear Zio Joe, You will forever be in our hearts. Thank you for all the love you have always shown us. We will miss you so much.
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Neely-Orlowsky Family

Posted at 10:41pm
We are so truly sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Please accept our condolences and wishing you peace and strength during this difficult time.
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Josephine gaglio

Posted at 10:54am
To sue fran and families. Im sorry for your loss may your dad rest in peace . May God bless all of you.

Meg McConnell

Posted at 09:58am
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