Joseph Caggiano Jr.

Joseph (Big Joe) Caggiano Jr. passed away in the loving care of family members on Friday, March 11th after a courageous battle with cancer. A devoted father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, Big Joe was beloved and admired by his many friends and family, for whom he lived his life for. 

Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, Big Joe met his wife Connie in 1961, at the young age of fifteen. Connie was the love of his life, and they remained together until her untimely passing in December 2018. He is survived by his two sons, Joseph III and Anthony; their spouses, Sarah and Holly; as well as his six grandchildren, Krysti, Kaitlyn, Joey, Alexis, Lauren and Zack. His sister Margaret DePiro was his closest confidant who cared for and supported him throughout his entire life. 

An Army veteran, Big Joe served his country faithfully as a young man before entering the workforce. A life-long golfer, baseball player and all-around athlete, he spent most of his adult life working on Wall Street until retiring to pursue his second career as a professional golf instructor. Big Joe proudly served as the former Boys Varsity Golf Coach at Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, NJ. 

A fierce competitor, Big Joe loved sports, especially the New York Yankees, and dedicated his time supporting his sons in all their athletic pursuits. Later, he was overjoyed to nurture and celebrate his grandchildren in all their athletic events. Not a single day went by where he wasn’t praising the hard work and success of his children and grandchildren. 

Services in celebration of his life will be private for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Dana-Farber “Defy Cancer” Campaign or the Hope Health Hospice Center, both organizations who provided exceptional care during the last six months of his life.


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  1. Lisa Girvan on March 11, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    Heartfelt prayers to everyone in Joe’s family. We became instant friends 25 years ago when he gave my daughter golf lessons and then my 2 boys. We always kept in touch with our lunch dates and our occasional golf game when he always told me in no uncertain terms “your short game sucks”…😂 typical JOE! Feeling Blessed that we chatted regularly these last few months, with our conversations always ending the same way by him saying “take care of yourself and do not worry about me”. I know first hand when you were a friend of Joe’s you were a friend for life and he would do anything for you. May he Rest In Peace now with Connie and Play lots of golf in heaven….and maybe bring our NY Yankees a little bit of help this year. He leaves me with a broken heart but I also know that our paths will cross again . Until then, I will work on that short game!

  2. Wayne Winderman on March 11, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    Joe was a good man and exuberated dignity and honesty. So sorry to hear this news and send my condolences to the family

  3. Maryann Simmons on March 12, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    So sorry for your loss My thoughts and prayers are all of you

  4. Carl Delli Bovi Sr. on March 12, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    So sorry to hear this news. Worked with him on the American Stock Exchange for many years . A good guy and friend.

    With heartfelt sympathy,
    Carl Delli Bovi Sr.

  5. Carl Delli Bovi Jr. on March 12, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    “Little Cal” was the name he gave me almost 40 years ago when I was a teenager. I have fond memories of Joe.
    I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to your family.

  6. Michael Santerian on March 14, 2022 at 10:03 am

    My sincerest condolences upon Joe’s passing. Joe spent great years teaching at Springfield Golf Center, Mt Holly, NJ where he made many friends. He was a terrific competitor with no quarter given. He and I spent many days together on the driving range and playing pool together where he taught me quite a bit about the games and life. He quick and sardonic wit was always at the ready to cut you into a million pieces all in good fun. He always spoke highly about his family and his love for his wife was ever present.

    He was a friend and will be missed.

  7. Kendal Wallace on March 15, 2022 at 7:37 am

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Joe, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sending big hugs for everyone. Love, Kendal and Brett Wallace

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