Joseph Louis Ercolani, affectionately known as “spec”, beloved husband of Dorothy Cleveland Ercolani, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Meriden on June 21, 1920, he was the son of the late Angelo and Marfisa Ercolani. Joe proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and he was a charter member of the Unison Club. Joe co-owned and operated the Bradley Diner in Meriden for thirty-eight years. He was famous for his steamed cheeseburgers! This is where he the met the love of his life, Dorothy and married her in July of 1951, where they made their home in Meriden.
Besides his loving wife of 65 years, he leaves a daughter Linda Ercolani of Essex; a son Joseph Ercolani and his wife Nancy, of Wethersfield and 4 grandchildren, Joseph Louis Ercolani II, Katie Ercolani and her fiancé, Dan Lewis, Julie Ercolani and Krissy Ercolani. Joe will also be greatly missed by his many dear nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Joe was predeceased by his 2 brothers, Alfred and Santi and his sister Florence.
Joe was an avid New York Yankee fan and loved watching them play. Joe was a man of courage and integrity but more importantly he loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren more than anything. He will be fondly remembered for his secret sauce recipe, happy songs and poems! Joe’s family would like to thank the Regency House in Wallingford for all their special love and care.
Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral service to be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 9:15 am from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main St., Meriden and at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church for a Mass of Christian Burial. Burial with full military honors will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, March 10th from 5 to 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, 282 Washington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106.