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Joseph G. Blanes

June 4, 1940 August 11, 2018
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Joseph G. Blanes, 78, a resident of Glen Ridge, NJ for nearly 50 years, passed away peacefully on the morning of August 11, 2018.

Joe was born in Newark, NJ to Susan Gemmell and Joseph Lorca Blanes on June 4, 1940. He spent his childhood in the cities of Newark and Irvington, NJ as well as the country of Panama. He was an Irvington High School swimmer and a pole-vaulter while attending Seton Hall University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and was a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity.

In addition to his family and friends, he loved and enjoyed cars, sports, and the stock market. Joe was proud to work for the same company for 47 years. He began his career with Shearson Hammil & Co. as a stockbroker, progressing through the company’s multiple evolutions to ultimately retire as a First Vice President of Investments from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in 2010. Joe was also proud to serve in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and as a past president of The Glen Ridge Kiwanis Club…but most of all, he was proud of his family.

Joe is preceded in death, by his oldest son, Joseph Matthew Blanes. He is survived by his loving wife, Donna DeVito Blanes, his son Justin Blanes, his daughter Jennifer Blanes Componovo and her husband Roger, and their children, Angelina, Francesca, Rocco, and Rose.

Joe will be remembered for his smile and laugh, always enjoying a good joke, a good meal, a Giant’s football game, and the spirited antics of his young grandchildren.

Family and Friends are welcome to gather at O’Boyle’s Funeral Home, 309 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ this Thursday from 4 PM until 8 PM. On Friday, August 17th, a funeral mass will be held at 10 AM at The Church of Holy Name, 246 Dodd Street, East Orange, NJ. Burial services will immediately follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 340 Ridge Road, North Arlington, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s name may be made to The National Parkinson’s Foundation, or the Michael J. Fox Foundation,, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

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4:00 PM 8/16/2018 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/16/2018 8:00:00 PM
O'Boyle Funeral Home

309 Broad Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

O'Boyle Funeral Home
309 Broad Street Bloomfield 07003 NJ
United States





10:00 AM 8/17/2018 10:00:00 AM
Holy Name of Jesus Church

East Orange, NJ

Holy Name of Jesus Church
East Orange NJ

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Holy Cross Cemetery Final Resting Place

340 Ridge Road
North Arlington, NJ 07031

340 Ridge Road North Arlington 07031 NJ

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