Joseph “Joe” Cecala

Date of Death: February 19, 2019
Allen Memorial Home
511-513 East Main Street
Endicott, NY 13760
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Wednesday 2/27, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home
736 Central Avenue
Dunkirk, NY 14048
Thursday 2/28, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church
1032 Central Avenue
Dunkirk, NY 14048
Friday 3/1, 10:00 am

Joseph “Joe” Franklin Cecala, 78, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. He is survived by his partner, Carol Hamlin; his daughters, Lisa and Robin; his granddaughter, Alexandra; his brother, Dennis (Marie) Cecala; Carol’s daughter, Kelley Hamlin (Tilghman Smith); his former wife, Barbara Cecala; and several cousins, nieces, nephews and manyContinue Reading

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Craig Beatus left a message on July 18, 2019:
I’m soo sorry for your loss!! My condolences!!! Craig Beatus
Barb & Dave Bradt left a message on February 27, 2019:
We are grieving Joe’s passing, but are thankful for all the many happy memories our families have made together. Oquaga Lake, skiing Greek Peak, parties, ski trips, etc. Covering you with prayers and lots of love.
Mike Ferro left a message on February 26, 2019:
My condolences to Joe's family. I knew Joe through the Adaptive Ski program. I'll miss him, and his wonderful sense of humor.
Kevin Walters left a message on February 26, 2019:
I have gotten to know Joe while he was a volunteer ski instructor in the Adaptive Snowsports Program at Greek Peak. I always enjoyed classes given by Joe, as they really helped not only to improve my skiing, but gave me useful techniques to add to my instruction toolbox. Joe was such a good natured person, always a pleasure to be around. He was truly a gentle man. I was so saddened to learn of his passing and I know that I am not alone when I say he will be sorely missed. To Carol and Joe's family: please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Mark Brodbeck left a message on February 26, 2019:
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Mark Brodbeck left a message on February 26, 2019:
Joe was my uncle, and was just inches away from being Crazy Uncle Joe due to the shenanigans he liked to pull in a speed boat. Like so many children before and after us, Joe taught my siblings and I to water ski. It was so much more than that - it was an opportunity to be daring, to be good at something difficult, to fail repeatedly and maybe not even succeed - and still have an immensely good time while surrounded by people who love you. We would ski until my legs gave out from exhaustion, or the sun set, whichever came first. It is a childhood memory constructed of pure joy. I can still taste the lake water. I couldn't have asked for better experiences. Joe was so much more than this memory; as an adult I got to know him as a person with many intricate layers. I just wanted to share this as an example of his boundless generosity, and how he opened the vista of 'what's possible' far wider for so many people.
Kim and Logan Kniwles. left a message on February 25, 2019:
You will be deeply missed. Logan and I loved you. You were such a kind caring compassionate man. You were truly one of a kind. May your family find peace knowing you will shine bright as an angel
Gina and Sal Liotta left a message on February 25, 2019:
Sal and I were so saddened to learn of the loss of Joe. He was not only a wonderful neighbor but a treasured career colleague. He will really be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone at this difficult time. Rest in peace, Joe.
Al Eaton left a message on February 25, 2019:
I had the privilege of working with Joe on several projects at IBM/Loral/Lockheed Martin. My favorite memories are of working with Joe on the EH101 Merlin Program in the United Kingdom. Joe was an outstanding engineer and leader. He was also a great friend with a good sense of humor. I send my sincere condolences to his family. Rest In Peace Joe.
Steve Briggs left a message on February 24, 2019:
No one could ask for a better friend and I will miss him. I will always carry fond memories of all our diving adventures, learning to ski under his tutelage, and a career-long friendship. My condolences to the entire family, but especially to Lisa, Robin, Alexandra, Carol and Barb
Kevin Williams left a message on February 23, 2019:
Dear Cecala family - We are so sorry for your loss. Joe was a wonderful man and a great systems engineer. I worked with him several times in Owego. I am sure he will be greatly missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. - Suzanne and Kevin Williams
Lorraine Arney left a message on February 23, 2019:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cecala family. Repectfully Joe and Lorraine Arney
Robin Gray left a message on February 22, 2019:
So sorry for your loss, Robin, Alexandra and family. You are in my thoughts during this difficult time.
Laurie Tilton left a message on February 22, 2019:
Dear Robin & Lisa, I am so very sorry for the loss of your father. It so difficult to lose a parent. Your world is forever changed. Please know that I will be praying for your dad and your family especially during this very difficult time. God bless you and your family, Laurie
Michelle Rehorka left a message on February 22, 2019:
I’m so sorry for your loss, Lisa. He sounds like a wonderful man. With my deepest condolences.
Newcombe Cynthia left a message on February 22, 2019:
Jim and I will be remembering Mr Cecala in our prayers. We will continue to pray for the family and all who are grieving in this time of loss.
Allen Memorial left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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