Joseph DeFrancesco

Joseph John DeFrancesco

Tuesday, September 30th, 1924 - Sunday, December 1st, 2019
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Joseph J. DeFrancesco, “Joe the Barber”, passed away quietly surrounded by some of the many people who loved him, on Sunday, December 1, 2019. He was the son of the late Salvatore and Rose (Zaffino) DeFrancesco who emmigrated from Calabria, Italy. Joe was born September 30, 1924 in Hartford, CT and grew up, attending school in West Hartford, CT. As a WWII veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served from 1943 to 1945. This included being stationed in Scotland and D Day invasion into Normandy, France on the USS Charles H. Roan DD 853. Like his father, Joe’s vocation for most of his life was as a barber. They settled in Stafford Springs, CT where he owned his own barbering business until his retirement at the age of 93. Joe loved nothing more than cutting hair and solving the world’s problems with his loyal base of customers. He enjoyed tinkering around his house, gardening and enjoying the beautiful dalihas that were planted for him and his family each year by a very special customer and friend, David. His wonderful neighbors, Vera Marko and Gail Fisher continued their friendships with him when he relocated. His new neighbors at Woodland Springs also embraced him with their friendship.
Joe leaves his sister, Teresa Coppel, of Avon, his daughter Rose DeFrancesco, of Stafford Springs, and a son, Joseph DeFrancesco of Enfield, CT. He also leaves his very loving “son-in-law” and friend, Alan Panciera, and a very special “great granddaughter”, Maddie White who captured his heart forever. Joe also has a nephew, David Ricuprio, and two nieces, Debra Boorman of York, ME, and Karen Tyrol of West Hartford, CT. He was predeceased by his wife of 69 years, Mildred (Gabriel) DeFrancesco, two sisters, Rosalie Mikan of Kentucky, and Stella Williams of Cape Coral, FL. A nephew, Ronald Cable of New Britain, CT and a grandson, Jason Tosakalas, of Philadelphia, PA, which broke his heart.
In his final years, Joe was lucky enough to be surrounded by people who truly loved him, and gave to him like he was part of their family. The family wishes to thank everyone for everything that was done for him. The names are too numerous to mention, but it is quietly acknowledged and appreciated. The family also wishes to thank and acknowledge VITAS hospice for all their care and efforts through these last months as well.
Calling hours are Friday, December 6, 2019, from 4pm to 7pm at Somers Funeral Home, 354 Main St (route 190) in Somers, CT. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 11am to 12 noon at the funeral home. For online condolences, please visit
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Linda Sprague

Posted at 05:19pm
Dear Rose, Joe and family. Please accept my deepest sympathies for the loss of your dad. He will be missed here at the Woodland Springs community. I always enjoyed the conversations we shared. He was a bright spot in my day-always with a smile. I am glad for him that he has gone to be with your mom and his grandson, who he obviously adored. He is now at peace with our Lord. I am blessed to have known him. Linda Sprague

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