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Joseph P. Sanzone Jr., 63, passed away Tuesday February 5th surrounded by family in his
home under the care of Hospice of Jefferson County. He was also known under other
aliases including Giuseppe, Joe, the Concierge, buddy, and the menace of Henderson
Arrangements have been entrusted to Cleveland Funeral Home, Inc.
Joe enjoyed life to the fullest and had many friends and hobbies. His interests included
downhill and water skiing, boating, his Tiara 3200, biking, hunting, and extended
cocktail hours. He was a loving father, husband, Dry Timber Lake member, and friend to
many and he will be greatly missed.
Joe was born March 20, 1955 in Rome, NY the son of Joseph and Rose Sanzone. He
attended Rome Free Academy, graduating in 1973, and Albany School of Pharmacy
graduating in 1978. He began his career as a registered pharmacist at the Rose Hospital
in Rome, NY working there until marrying in 1982. He then moved to Buffalo, NY
working at the VA Hospital and then at Fays Drugs as a consultant. In 1986, he and
Kellie moved to North Carolina and he worked for Owen Healthcare as Director of
Pharmacy in Louisburg, NC. He returned to northern New York in 1988 settling in
Watertown and worked at Watertown Correctional Facility before becoming Director of
Pharmacy Services at Samaritan Medical Center where he retired after 25 years. He was
described as the go-to pharmacology person and many physicians depended on his
readily available expertise. He was a valued member and leader of the Samaritan
Medical Center team serving on numerous hospital and medical staff committees, task
forces, and sub-committees and was well-respected and admired by his colleagues.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Joe served on several community boards.
He was a board member of the Ives Hill Retirement Community from 2008-2018. Joe
was also a board member of the Henry Keep Home for over 15 years and served as
president for ten years. He was also a valued member of Dry Timber Lake Inc. and
served as president for many years.
He is survived by his wife Kellie, daughters Jillian (fiancé Christina Rotsides) and
Morgan (son-in-law Jake Exford), son Will, grandson Jack, sister Bernadette Remillard
Surfside NC, brother Philip Sanzone Rome, NY and many nephews and nieces. He was
predeceased by his parents Joseph and Rose Sanzone and his sisters Marla Najarian and
Calling hours will be held Friday February 8th, at Cleveland Funeral Home from 2-4 pm
followed by a celebration of Joe at 4 pm at 404 Sherman St in Watertown, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Jefferson County. Online
condolences may be made at www.clevelandfhinc.com
Hospice of Jefferson County
1388 Gotham Street, Watertown NY 13601