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Joseph Ralph Hoddinott, age 65, passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 29, 2019 with his loving family by his side.
Born in Wilmington, DE, Joe was the son of the late Ralph Thomas and Ida Marie (Hild) Hoddinott. He was a graduate of Thomas McKean High School Class of 1972. Joe had attended University of Delaware and graduated from Goldey-Beacom College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. He was a proud U.S. Navy Veteran stationed on the U.S.S. William V. Pratt in the Mediterranean and Italy during the Vietnam War. For the past few years, Joe was an Architectural Hardware Consultant for Hardware Specialty Group.
Joe was a member of the Door & Hardware Institute, as well as the Veterans of Foreign War. In earlier years, he was a scout master with the Boy Scouts of America, as well as a coach for all of his children's sports. Joe enjoyed volunteering and supporting any activities that his children were involved in.
Family was the center of Joe's world. He treasured their “Sunday Suppers”, spending summers at the beach with his family, as well as traveling to Hawaii for his 40th wedding anniversary and to Disney World with his grandchildren. At the end of the day, Joe enjoyed sitting by the pool with his wife, and a glass of wine while they talked about their day.
Joe will be remembered as an amazing teacher, and all who knew him learned valuable lessons from his wealth of knowledge. Joe had an incredibly likeable personality and a large circle of lifelong friends to show for it.
In his leisure time, Joe loved taking care of his yard and his tranquil pool oasis, which he meticulously cared and tended to. At the beach, he loved surf and deep sea fishing. Joe was also an avid golfer and a loyal Philadelphia Eagles fan.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Adele F. (Fitzpatrick) Hoddinott; his sons, Joseph Paul Hoddinott (Jessica) and Jonathan Thomas Hoddinott (Christina); his daughter, Kristin Adele Hoddinott; his grandchildren, Zachary, Scarlet and Oliver Hoddinott; his sisters, Marie Kilday (Jack), Cathy Hoddinott, and Patricia Betts; his brother, Thomas R. Hoddinott; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents.
Family and friends may visit from 5 to 7 PM on Tuesday, July 9 at Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. A Celebration of Joe's Life will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, July 10 at the funeral home. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joe’s name to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Cardiovascular Medicine, the Wounded Warrior Project or a charity of your choice.
Wounded Warrior Project
PO Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Cardiovascular Medicine
3400 Spruce St., Philadelphia PA 19104