F. Joseph Fusco, 90, formerly of Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  F. Joseph Fusco, 90, Sarasota, FL, and formerly of Watertown NY, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital under the care of Tidewell Hospice with his family at his side.

Surviving are his wife of 70 years, Ann Marie; their five children, Gloria Fusco, Sarasota, John Fusco (Judy), Hamburg NY, Joseph V. Fusco (Tina), Watertown, Carolyn Fusco, Woodbridge, VA, and Michael Fusco (Jody), Ft. Myers, FL; 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and a great- great-grandchild

He was born July 25, 1931, the son of Fiorenzo and Filomena Fusco and brother to Lena Coppola and Clemie Lamica. Joseph attended Immaculate Heart Academy.  He enlisted in the Navy in 1947 and served as a corpsman in Newport, RI, and Camp Lejeune, NC.

Joseph married Ann M. Tarzia on Jan. 19, 1952. He was a driver salesman for Jeff Bottling Company, (Pepsi-Cola) for 18 years and served as an officer of the corporation from 1970 until his retirement in 1993.

He was an avid, life-long fan of the New York Yankees and Notre Dame football.

As a summer resident of Wellesley Island, he enjoyed boating and family time on the river. In his later years, Florida was where he was happiest.

At a further determined date in the spring, there will be a memorial Mass at St. Patrick’s Church with burial in Glenwood Cemetery.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Sisters of St. Joseph at 1425 Washington St, Watertown, NY 13601 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements are with D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc.

Condolences may be made at www.dlcalarco.com