Mr. Joseph Lopes passed away peacefully on November 27, 2019. He was 77 years old.
Joe was born and raised in New York City with his brother Sal and mother Eleanor. He went on to serve in the US Army and then began his career as a police officer with the Port Authority of NY & NJ, before marrying his wife, Marilyn. They started a family and settled in Cranford, NJ shortly after.
He was proud of his years as an ordnance and payroll clerk with the Army, and to be stationed amongst America's best at Fort Bragg, NC. Over 25 years at the Port Authority was the highlight of his career, including achieving the rank of Detective. In his later years, Joe cherished his time as the crossing guard at St. Michael's School in Cranford.
Family and friendships were most important to Joe. Morning coffee with his buddies in town, staying in touch with guys from "the Port", and friendly conversation with anyone that would listen was topped only by time spent with his grandsons. Listening to Oldies music was a longtime favorite.
Mr. Lopes was predeceased by his loving brother Salvatore Lopes earlier this year. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marilyn. He is also survived by his son, Joseph, and daughter-in-law, Kimberly, and grandsons, Joseph and Andrew.
Relatives and friends are invited to Joe's visitation on Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 2-6pm at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Ave.
Cranford, where his funeral service will begin at 10AM Monday December 2, 2019. Interment will follow at Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City.