Joseph A. Di Gregorio

Joseph A. DiGregorio, 90, of Middletown, Delaware, formerly of New Jersey passed away peacefully on New Year’s morning at the Brookdale Nursing Home in Hockessin, DE.

Joe D, as he was known, was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, the son of the late Lucy and Joseph DiGregorio. At the age of 17, Joe joined Local 98 as an electrical apprentice and retained his membership throughout his life. He worked numerous roles until he was selected as the Chief Electrician at the Spectrum Arena in Philadelphia prior to the buildings’ opening in 1967. Joe worked at the Spectrum until his retirement in 1992 and during his tenure there, was asked to begin playing one of his personal recordings prior to Philadelphia Flyers games. This song, Kate Smith’s “God Bless America,” began one of the most important traditions in Philadelphia sports history.

Joe was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 6364 in Mantua, NJ, and a former member of St. Margaret’s Church in Woodbury, NJ. He was an avid fan of all Philadelphia sports teams, especially the Phillies. An avid record collector, Joe enjoyed listening to timeless classics by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by his sister, Grace Tana; and his beloved wife of 59 years, Norma; and son, Joseph Anthony DiGregorio, both in 2013.

Joe is survived by his daughters and their husbands, Debbie and Don Schaefer of Middletown, DE; Sharon and Dominic Cupo of Westampton, NJ; and Marcella and Frank Gallagher of West Deptford, NJ; his daughter-in-law, Patricia DiGregorio of Robbinsville, NJ; his 13 grandchildren, Joseph, Jr., Jason, Michael, Nikki, Kristen, Daniel, Nicholas, Katie, Frances, Raymond, Ryan, Luke and Lindsay; and his 5 great-grandchildren, Lily, Joseph, III, Luca, Noah and Grace.

Funeral services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Muscular Dystrophy Association,600 Reed Road,Suite 104,Broomall, PA 19008.


Submitted by Donald O'Rourke on
So sorry to hear of Pop Joe's passing. Everleigh was so fascinated by him. Love and condolences to all the family.

Submitted by Geoffrey L. Henry on
On behalf of the associates of Brookdale Hockessin, please accept our sincere sympathies on the passing of Mr. DiGregorio. We considered it a privilege to get to know and care for him. May God be your comfort during this difficult time.

Submitted by KC on
My sincerest condolences to family and friends of Mr. Joseph Di Gregorio. I am truly sorry for your loss of your dear loved one. May you find comfort in knowing that your loved one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about him and bring him back again. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Submitted by Candy Easter on
My Dear Debbie - I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I just remember your story of him not letting you look in at the sets for certain bands that he considered R Rated! You took good care of him and he is resting with Mom now. Love to you and the whole family, Love, Candy

Submitted by Don & Denise Vought on
Sad for family loss. Prayers to/for all involved. God rest & peace to Joe.