Joseph P. Carnicelli, age 75, passed away at home from cancer on September 15, 2017.  He was born March 21, 1942 to Italian immigrant parents, Antonio and Julia Carnicelli.  He attended Brooklyn Prep and St. John’s University. After serving in the Army for two years, he joined United Press International (UPI) as a sports writer and rose to the position of executive sports editor.  He was also managing editor for Dow Jones/ESPN news operation in Jersey City for nine years and went on to media relations with the Heisman Trophy.  Most recently, he was an independent contractor with CompuBox. Joe was a devoted husband of 50 years to his wife Peggy; cherished father to his daughter Donna and her husband John, and an adored Papa to his grandson Andrew Joseph.  A private graveside memorial will be held at National Cemetery in Phoenix, AZ.

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Joe, a good, intelligent, honest, caring man.  Our lives are better because of you.  We love you. RIP.

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