Longtime Local Butcher Joe Scalise Jr. Passes

Joseph Scalise Jr. of Oakland, known as "Joe the Butcher," worked in and owned his family butcher shop for more than 56 years in Alameda. He died peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the age of 80.

Joe will be remembered as a truly great man who always gave people a helping hand in times of need. He was an honest man and devoted to his wife Patricia faithfully for 56 years. Joe lost his oldest son, Joey, in 1976 but managed to keep his family together and raise five wonderful children.

Joe was also a devout Catholic who was a parishioner of

Saint Paschal Baylon Church in Oakland for 49 years. Rarely, if ever, missing Sunday mass.

Joe graduated high school from St. Elizabeth’s in Oakland and graduated from the business school at Armstrong College in Berkeley.

Joe served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War from 1953 to 1957.

Joe is survived by his beloved wife Patricia; daughter Julie (Rich); sons: Jim (Marti), John (Mara) and Patrick (Gemma) and his six grandchildren: Christina (Chris), Ryan, Gabriella, Dominic, Mateo and Coco.

Services are planned for Saturday, Dec. 27, at St. Paschal Baylon 3700 Dorisa Ave. in Oakland. Viewing at 9:30 a.m. followed by full mass at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Joe’s honor to the Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma (www.hannacenter.org) and to St. Paschal’s Church in Oakland’s "Building Fund" (www.st
paschaloakland.com or 636-0335).

For further information, contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director or visit www.alamedafuneral.org.

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