He was the beloved husband of 52 years to Lillian D’Elia Canna. Joseph was born in New Haven on October 5, 1931; son of the late Gennaro and Elizabeth Carbone Cannavaciolo; served his country faithfully in the US Army during the Korean war and was decorated for fighting in three major battles.
He obtained an Associate’s degree in 1956 from Quinnipiac College and a Bachelor of Science degree in 1958 from UCONN. Joseph had worked at B.F. Goodrich Aerospace as the Purchasing Manager for 30 years retiring in 1997.
He was a member of the VFW and a parishioner and usher at St. Monica Roman Catholic Church. He was an avid golfer and a dedicated UCONN basketball fan.
Loving father of Joseph E. Canna of Middletown, Stephen Canna (Tea) of Orange, Elizabeth Fabrizi (Mark) of Westbrook and Gregory Canna (April) of Tolland. Loving grandfather of Matthew, Thomas and Lauren Canna, Olivia and Juliana Fabrizi, Justine and Ethan Canna. Brother of Alphonse Cannavaciolo (Albina) of North Haven, Anna Buono (Alfred) of Northford, Elizabeth East of North Haven, Geraldine Mioline (William) of Branford and the late Gerald Canna (Cannavaciolo). Brother-in-law of Alice Canna and the late Robert East.
The visiting hours will be Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue. His funeral procession will leave the funeral home Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Monica Church at 11:00 a.m. with military honors being rendered immediately following the Mass.
Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family in All Saints Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Smilow Cancer Hospital, P.O. Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508.