Labbadia, Joseph Orlando

Joseph (Joe) Orlando Labbadia, 90 of Farmington, passed away peacefully September 5, 2017 at UConn Health Center, surrounded by his family.
Joe was born January 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, where he served in Japan shortly after the bombing in Hiroshima. He was a decorated sharp shooter 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 February 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 3 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, MA.
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 8:30-9:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 9:30am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. 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 PO Box 758517 Topeka, KS, 66675-8517.

Calling Hours

Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 8:30-9:30am

Funeral Service

Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea ~ Unionville

Burial

Riverside Cemetery ~ Farmington

Memorial Contribution

The Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, KS, 66675-8517.

6 Responses to 'Labbadia, Joseph Orlando'

  1. Jane Pannone says:

    I did not know your dad had passed away. Since moving to Florida we had a lot of conversations on the phone. He was a great friend like no other. I am sorry I did not have the chance to say good bye. He will be missed.

  2. Skip Deubel says:

    Joe was a friend. Sometimes I thought he treated me like a son. I don’t even remember how we met. I was in the turf business, and whenever Joe had a sod job at one of the banks or someone’s home, he would call me. Of course he expected me to be there right away because I lived in Simsbury! We would go over all the details of the job. I could always count on Joe to do a great job. His follow up maintenance was always perfect.

    May he rest in peace.

  3. Tom, Betty Marino and Family says:

    Linda, Louise & Lisa,

    We are sorry to learn about the passing of your father. He will be truly missed.

    Please accept our sincere condolences.

  4. Bob Grubbs says:

    Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. I met Joe, in 1984 at FSB and from that first day he treated me as a friend always there with his help and advice. Proud of his work he also freely shared his knowledge. You knew you had made a friend for life when he shared his culinary creations with you. It was as personal as one could get and one of the highest compliments he could offer, May he rest in peace.

  5. Pat Lerch says:

    Dear Linda,
    I’m so sorry to read of your dad’s passing. Sounds like he was quite a special man. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

  6. Annette says:

    I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to each of you for your loss. Our heavenly Father gives us comfort and hope for our loved ones. Through his Word he tells us that he will swallow up death forever. He will remove all the things that causes us pain, sorrow and tears.

    Isaiah 25:8
    Revelation 21:3-5

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