Joseph William (Joe) Reda, a lifelong resident of the Bronx, died on October 13, 2023. He was 87.

Mr. Reda was born on May 22, 1936 in the Bronx to the late Louis and Florence (Gammella) Reda. He was a founding member of the Morris Park Community Association; a founding member and longtime President of the 49th Precinct Community Council; and a longtime member of Community Board 11. He served in the U.S. Army for two years and worked as a stationary fireman at Jacobi Hospital for 31 years before his retirement.

He loved the Yankees, the Rangers, the beach, and traveling (especially his annual trips to Cancun and legendary summers in Wildwood). He was so proud of his Bronx roots, his Italian heritage, and most importantly, his family, whom he loved more than anything.

He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, son, brother, and friend. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Ann, and his three children, Louis (Darlene), Robin (Christopher), and Michael (Rachel). He had nine grandchildren (Joseph, Christopher, Jessica, Steven, Ava, John, Matthew, Michael, and Reagan), as well as several loving nieces and nephews.

Visiting will be Tuesday from 4-8pm at John Dormi & Sons Funeral Home, 1121 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 11am at St. Clare’s Church, 1027 Rhinelander Avenue, Bronx. Entombment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 10 West Stevens Avenue, Hawthorne.



  1. Michael Boyle on October 16, 2023 at 10:19 am

    Joe was a amazing man and Father of the 49 Pct
    He treated us all great
    He loved his 49 Niners
    He ll be missed

  2. Vincent perri on October 16, 2023 at 9:58 pm

    He cared about the neighborhood and his neighbors from Morris park he patrolled the neighborhood into the late evening just to protect the families and property’s
    He was truly Mr.Morris park Joe’s family and my parent’s family go way back to the old country a tiny town Pantonalongo Cosenza italy great great great parents I knew joe from 9 years old joe was a piason R.I.P JOE

  3. Domenick and Marie Porco on October 17, 2023 at 8:45 am

    Lou and family, our deepest condolences for your loss.

  4. John Galluzzi on October 17, 2023 at 9:35 am

    Lou, am sincerely sorry for your loss – Your Dad was special – revered.
    Blessings to you and your family.
    John Galluzzi

  5. Kelli Licata on October 17, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    Lou, Darlene and family,

    Thinking of you…sending love and prayers.

    Kelli (Licata)

  6. Rosa gaudio on October 18, 2023 at 8:46 am

    Uncle Joe , you were truly a one of kind man. Larger than life personality I was lucky enough to marry into the family and we shared our calabrese bond always so I always knew I was one of your favorites as you were mine!! Rest in peace may you know you will be missed and remembered fondly .
    With all my love and admiration. Rosa xoxo

  7. Jay LaGrippo on October 20, 2023 at 6:25 pm

    I called you uncle but you were always like a father to me. From when I was a little boy to the present day I loved , respected and looked up to you. You had more energy , determination and devotion to the community than anyone . It was devastating to see you get sick and be unable to do the things that you used to do. I know that you are now at peace in heaven with the rest of our family who left us. You will always hold a special place in my heart . R.I.P. Uncle Joe . Love you .

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