Petrarca JoePETRARCA, Joseph - Joe passed away peacefully, with his family by his side at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the age of 86.

Survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Marilyn (nee Smiley), and daughters Maureen Harrington (Don) and Mary Ellen Petrarca (Bill Butler).

Cherished Boppa to granddaughter Jennifer Caskie (Allan) and grandson Michael Harrington, and to great-grandchildren Liam and Abby. Joe will also be sadly missed by his devoted dog Maggie.

Predeceased by brother Jack Petrarca and his wife Mary. Joe leaves behind many nieces and nephews, the extended Smiley family and numerous friends who will miss his gentleness and kindness.

Joe was a longtime employee of Ontario Hydro for over 30 years.

Many thanks to Dr. Sun, the nurses, volunteers and support staff on 6 South and 5 North of Joseph Brant Hospital who provided excellent care and genuine concern. You were his special angels. As per his wishes,

Visitation will be held at Smith’s funeral home, 485 Brant Street, Burlington on Tuesday, February 12th from 3-5pm and 7-9pm, and on Wednesday, February 13th from 3-5pm and 7-9pm, with Vigil Prayers on Wednesday at 8:30pm.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church (287 Plains Road East, Burlington), on Thursday, February 14th at 10:30am. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery, Burlington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joe to The Carpenter Hospice would be sincerely appreciated.