Joseph Giargiana

Joseph Patrick Giargiana

Wednesday, October 16th, 1963 - Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 9th, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Thursday, April 9th, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
    Branch Funeral Home
    190 East Main Street
    Smithtown, NY 11787
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  • Service

    Thursday, April 9th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Thursday, April 9th, 2020 10:00am
    Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
    190 E. Main St.
    SMITHTOWN, NY 11787
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    Holy Rood Cemetery
    Old Country Road
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Posted at 10:40pm
We have only now paid tribute to our good friend Joe, whom we met through his volunteer work at Open House New York and over the course of nearly twenty years have become fast friends. Much has been said about about Joe the ‘unicorn’ volunteer, who could pretty much do anything you asked of him, anywhere at any time.

Of course, his innate ability to care for others and his love of New York City made him the ideal choice to be a part of the inaugural Volunteer Council for Open House New York, particularly in the early years of the organisation. As others may note, Joe was the consummate New Yorker – even referring to himself as Tudor City Joe (in reference to his NYC abode) as his surname was so hard to pronounce for so many.

But more important, for us, is that over the years, Joe became a FOREVER friend – with time and distance seeming to bind our friendship tighter rather than becoming barriers. The Joe who loved great design and travel, who was always up for some harebrained adventure…that’s the person whom we would most like to share with those who loved and knew him.

Joe was the kind of guy that when he committed to something he was ALL IN. Not only did he go to the 15th anniversary of Open House London with me and Jessica Mak as the OHNY representatives …he managed to visit nearly 18 sites that weekend, a pretty incredible feat for a local, let alone a Yank who was relying on a printed version of the A to Zed London map.

Aside from Open House, we bonded over our love of great design objects. Joe owned a number of iconic designer chairs from Gerrit Rietveld’s Zigzag Chair to Philippe Starck's iconic Louis XV Ghost chair – all crammed into his tiny, home away from home pied-à-terre in the Tudor City complex, which he would proudly note had a view of the architects Oscar Niemeyer’s and Le Corbusier’s famous United Nations secretariat building. In his Long Island house, he stored something like 2,000 pieces of ceramics, and knew every single piece and its maker!

And yet, despite having a keen eye for beautiful things, Joe was SO down to earth. He would gleefully leave $1 packets of a ‘cake in a cup’ for guests lucky enough to have a sleepover in his New York loft. And if you were lucky enough to visit him at his beloved Northport Long Island home, the highlight was not his erudite tour of the village’s terrific vernacular architecture, but it was eating his favourite morning breakfast meal from the well-known, local Copenhagen Bakery, where of course everyone knew his name.

We can go on and on about gracious, well-mannered and generous Joe. But we want to end with his extreme love of travel. Joe was one of our first friends to visit us in our new lives in Australia, and he was basically a walking, talking billboard for Open House Worldwide. He travelled like it was an extreme sport and with the zeal of a missionary for Mark Twain’s axiom: Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…

If one person was single handedly breaking down misconceptions about the Ugly American Abroad it was Joe.

To quote from an email from him last year: ‘ I LOVE the open house experience, obviously. This year I've attended Open House weekends in San Diego, Athens, Greece, Porto [in] Portugal, and Madrid in this September, Dublin in October.

(other travel this year included Palm Springs California Miami, Detroit ,Jackson Hole Wyoming ,and Salt Lake City… forth coming Shanghai, Taipei, Belfast, and in November it looks like three days in Paris France. ). UNQUOTE

BUT all who were lucky to meet Joe, knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that his absolute, favourite city was and always will be the Big Apple.

It makes our hearts burst with love and gratitude to know that so much of Joe has been spread across this world…

There really is no solace when we lose someone as magical as Joe – our loss is particularly made even more tragic by these challenging times. He still had so many adventurers and places to explore with friends and family ….,between us, we always had semi-serious ,future plans to create a new Open House somewhere, at some future date, in some other city.

As a small comfort for ourselves, Joe’s Open House family, all his friends around the world, and particularly his sister, father and mother is this:

We can guarantee that St Peter at the Pearly Gates, NOW has a new angel assisting him with heavenly arrivals. Can’t you just see him? Angel Joe… with a big, welcoming grin, gently ushering people through as he says, ‘Welcome to Heaven. How can I help you, and can I show you around?

God Bless you Joe. We will miss. you. forever. Joy and Alan

Rick Nicolini

Posted at 03:48pm
It is with shock and sadness, to hear about the passing of our friend and waiter I called Joseph. I too was part of the Woodworkers
Club monthly dinner. I called him Joseph, not to be confused with our club member Joe. I’m sorry I’m only finding out about his passing now. With social distancing we were unable to have our usual monthly meetings. So we were unable to meet at Carrabba’s
Joe was always there with your drinks even before you ordered them. He would even bring you an extra just to make sure. He would always go out of his way to serve us. We are definitely in a small world. Several years ago we attended our friend Barbara’s,fathers funeral. While walking into the ceremony who walks in but Joe. Hey Joe what are you doing here. Turns out he was friends with Barbara’s brother. So you never know. He will definitely be truly missed. As a brother in the Lord, all my thoughts and prayers go out to Joe and his family. He Now sit’s on the other side of the dinner table to be served.


Daryl Rosenblatt

Posted at 02:39pm
I met Joseph at Carrabba's, since a group of us from our woodworking club became regulars, always asking to be at Joseph's table. We also came back with our families because of him; I was happy to introduce my son Eric to him when we came for dinner one night. We considered Joseph to be an honorary member, giving him one of our T shirts, and he was kind enough to come to our annual woodworking shows. Ever generous, he figured we would be hungry so he brought a bag of apples.

Joseph, you were a kind person, always pleasant to be around, you never had a bad word to say about anyone, and it was a joy to have known you.

Angela Cornell

Posted at 08:23pm
Our deepest condolences to Joe's friends and family. We only knew Joe through our 15 years of coming to Carrabba's, but we really feel he had become a friend, a friendly face to greet us. He will be truly missed! The world lost one of the good ones!


Posted at 08:57pm
Wow Joe, is really gone.

What words can I write about someone who has been such a good friend?

I’ve known Joe for about for 39 years. He's always been a man who is the embodiment of all that is what a Christ Follower should be and more. His Spirit would shine through his kindness, his smile would light up a room. His personality so warm and inviting it would draw you in with just a few words. Joe could start a conversation with anyone. In a matter of minutes you would feel like you were friends of a lifetime.

Joe lived life to the fullest with joy and happiness. He prioritized his friends, spending time with them as much as he possibly could even while working Post office mega hours and being a perfect waiter at Carrabba’s.

I am a truly blessed man to have the chance to call Joe, my friend.

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