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Joe DeSimone Sr. dies at 93

November 06, 2019

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Joseph Anthony DeSimone Sr. of Kiamesha Lake, NY, passed away on Monday, Nov. 4, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty.  He was 93.
Joe was a boxer in the Golden Gloves and his wife said, “He could do a mean lindy!”  When first Joe moved to Monticello, he drove for the Intercity Bus Line with his brothers and his father. He proudly served during the Korean conflict in the United States Army.
His career then took a different path. He became a harness driver at Monticello Raceway where his passion was his horse Glen Cove Colonel.  He spent many years working at the track in different positions from stall manager to starting judge. He was a volunteer for 30 years at the Goshen Historic Track.  In recognition of losing one of their own, the raceway will be flying its flag at half-mast.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Rita Jennings DeSimone; a son, Joseph DeSimone (Dana) of Monticello; a daughter, Sherrie DeSimone of Monticello; a granddaughter, Angela Brodie; a great-grandson: AJ Rodriguez; two great-great grandsons, Anthony and Cameron; two brothers, Alfred DeSimone and John (Jackie) DeSimone of Monticello; a sister, Angela Mesceda of Harrisburg, PA; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his stepmother, Peggy DeSimone, his brothers, Pasquale (Pat) and Anthony Jr (Junior), and his sister Marie.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6-9 pm at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 401 Broadway,in Monticello.  His funeral service will be held on Friday, Nov. 8, at 12 pm at the funeral home.  Burial with military honors will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Monticello.
Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Monticello NY; for additional information or to send an online condolence, please visit www.kennyfuneralhome.com
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