Joseph Nathaniel Tucker, 47, of Washington PA, died unexpectedly Monday, May 30, 2016 after being stricken ill.
Born August 25, 1968 in Scranton, he was the son of Anthony and Mary Alice Hennigan Acquaviva of Elmhurst Twp., PA. Joseph graduated from the Scranton State School for the Deaf, as well as the food service program at the Hiram G. Andrews Vocational Training Center in Johnstown, PA. He had an infectious smile and loved to laugh which endeared him to us all. He was a sports enthusiast, having played little league baseball and run cross country for the School for the Deaf. He especially loved baseball and hockey and avidly followed both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia teams. He had an uncanny ability to know the ages and birthdates of his family members and delighted in reminding his relatives how old they were getting.
Surviving are siblings Laura Acquaviva, Christopher Acquaviva and his wife Melissa, Michael Acquaviva and his wife Lauren, Catherine Acquaviva and her partner Jon Eiswerth; his paternal grandmother Laura Acquaviva; nephews Matt Morris, Luca and Mattie Acquaviva; nieces Farynn and Maris Acquaviva; a great aunt Nan McNulty; aunts and uncles; cousins; friends and caregivers.
He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents Francis and Alice McNulty Hennigan, paternal grandfather Anthony Acquaviva, and an uncle Patrick F. Gerrity.
The family would like to thank Pathways of SWPA for the dedicated care given to Joseph during his stay with them.
A celebration of Joseph’s life will be held Wednesday June 8th at noon at the Pathways of SWPA Adult Training Facility, 655 Jefferson Ave., Washington, PA 15301.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated July 9th at 10am in the Immaculate Conception Church 801 Taylor Ave. Scranton.
In lieu of flowers, the family strongly encourages memorial contributions be made in Joseph’s honor to the Pathways of SWPA Foundation, 655 Jefferson Ave. Washington, PA 15301.
Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of the Vanston and James Funeral Home, Scranton, PA.
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