Joseph Ricevuto

January 25, 1943 – February 11, 2021  age 78

Visitation- Monday February 15, 2021 –    7pm  –  9pm

Funeral Mass- Tuesday February 16, 2021  -10:45 am

Our Lady of Hope RC Church – 61-27 71 st Street, Middle Village, N.Y. 11379

Interment- St. John’s Cemetery 80-01 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.

Joseph Ricevuto, 78, of Egg Harbor Township, born in Brooklyn, NY on January 25, 1943, passed away on February 11, 2021. Joseph was known as “Joey Bones” or “Bonesy” by many of his close childhood friends. He had numerous adventures with this group of friends, of whom he would later tell bed-time stories about. And although he was born a city boy, he also loved the outdoors and would often ride horses in Jamaica Bay, NY with the “Brooklyn cowboys.”

He spent his younger years helping his father run the family bar. Using this experience and his big personality, he then moved on to help manage other NY nightclubs. He eventually started his casino career in the Bahamas before heading to Atlantic City, NJ. There, he spent more than 30 years in the casino industry (Bally’s, Trump Plaza, and Tropicana), excelling in his hosting and executive positions where both his street smarts and smooth talking won everyone over.

While working in AC, he started a family nearby in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. His number one priority immediately became the well-being of his two children; they were his whole world. He did everything he could for his family; he gladly took them to the beach, boardwalk, parks, dance lessons,

instrument lessons, karate, sport games, going to shoot pool, fly kites, fish, etc., and truly cared whether he was participating or just being the “chauffeur.” He always made time for his family for the seemingly smallest of things. He would drop everything to be there for those who were important to him.

Joseph also loved all animals, his pets and wildlife alike: birds, horses, dogs, cats, and even backyard turtles. And when anyone had an ear to lend, he would proudly boast about his children and reminisce about his wild Brooklyn days and his cowboy friends.

In his later years, he especially enjoyed driving onto the Brigantine beach to bask in the summer sun with his children, as well as hosting gatherings for them at home, and playing cards with the next-door neighbors. Having retired from the casinos, Joseph worked for the township as a school bus driver and enjoyed every minute of it. He was a fatherly figure for every child and treasured them like they were his own.

He was loved by everyone thanks to his kindness, honesty, respect for and ability to listen to others, and he knew just how to make his loved ones feel safe. Joseph was predeceased by his parents Anne and Andrew Ricevuto. Left to cherish his memory are his children Christina and Joseph Ricevuto; sister Betty Cardella and her sons Michael and Andrew Cardella; sister Mary Ann “Tootsie” Ricevuto; and many more loving nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

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