Joseph Gulia

Joseph Gulia

1934 2019

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Obituary for Joseph P. Gulia

On September 10, 2019, Joseph Paul Gulia (“Joe”), loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully at home at age 85. Joe went down swinging battling complications from pneumonia. At age 5, Joe had the privilege of hearing Lou Gehrig’s famous speech considering himself the luckiest man on the earth. Joe took that to heart and considered himself blessed with a loving family, successful career, many lifelong friends, and a love for sports and cars. He was a diehard NY Yankees fan, often known on radio sports talk shows as Yankee Joe. He was proud of his Italian American heritage. Joe was born in 1934 in the Bronx, NY to Lena Fassi and G. Joseph Gulia. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University. After college, he served in the United States Army. Joe then earned his Masters of Business Administration degree from New York University and became a Certified Public Accountant. His career was centered on public finance, serving as the Commissioner of Finance of Westchester County, Business Manager of the Mount Vernon Public Schools, Comptroller of the City of Yonkers, and Treasurer of the Eastchester School District. Joe was hired specifically to bring Yonkers out of bankruptcy (the first city in the country to declare bankruptcy) and successfully achieved this goal. He received many awards throughout his career but he was most proud of his induction into the Mount Vernon High School Hall of Fame in recognition of outstanding achievements by a graduate. Joe was known for his gregarious nature and could have a conversation, debate sports, or talk politics with anyone. Joe was a member of the Silver Sluggers and the Westchester Baseball Club, both devoted groups of baseball aficionados. He often held court at Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks, analyzing sports with friends. In his later years, Joe, affectionately known as Poppy, took an active role in raising his grandchildren often meeting the school bus, helping with homework and hosting Pizza Friday.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Susan’s siblings-Patricia, Danny and John, and his many uncles and aunts. He is survived by his loving wife Susan of 27 years, his children, Peter, Gregory, Carol, and Audrey, his wife’s children, Michael and Casandra, and his adored grandchildren, Eric, Andrew, Erin, Craig, Michael Jr., Bianca, Sean, Maria, Kathryn and Anneliese. Joe is also survived by his two sisters, Delores and Lenore, sisters-in-law, Nancy Tolan and Marlene Tolan, and cousins, nieces, nephews, and many close, dear friends.
The family will receive friends on Friday September 13, 2019, 4 pm to 8 pm at WESTCHESTER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 190 Main St., Eastchester, NY. Mass of Christian Burial, Saturday September 14, 2019, 10 AM at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Scarsdale. Burial to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla. In lieu of flowers, the family will appreciate donations to Pregnancy Care Center/Elinor Martin Residence for Mother and Child, New Rochelle, NY, in memory of Joseph P. Gulia, or to a charity of your choice.

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  • Visitation

    September 13th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Westchester Funeral Home, Inc.
    190 Main Street
    Eastchester, NY
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    September 13th, 2019
    4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    September 14th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
    8 Carman Rd.
    Scarsdale, NY
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    September 14th, 2019
  • Interment

    Gate of Heaven
    10 West Stevens Avenue
    Hawthorne, New York
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Gregory Gulia

In honor of a great man, father, grandfather, friend and leader -- Joseph P. Gulia.
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Martin Scherr

Joe was a very good friend and I was sorry to hear of his passing. I have fond memories back in the 1960's of the weekly touch football games he set up in Mt. Vernon and our sharing rides to NYU Business school. He will be missed.
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Arthur Winoker

It has been a long journey from when we were both at Cornell and have shared many events since then-including Mets games, Army football and life events. I wish we could have been able to enjoy more but will always cherish the times that we spent together. You will always be my best friend, Mr. Sports.
Arthur Winoker
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Erin Sanislo

Poppy was the best grandfather I could have had. He was one of my biggest fans and supporters. I vividly remember him attending my dance recitals every year and always being the first to celebrate my accomplishments at school. I shared loves of basketball and baseball with Poppy and loved talking to him about those sports. I love you, Poppy.
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