Joseph Spagnuolo, MD

Joseph Charles Spagnuolo, MD

Tuesday, June 12th, 1951 - Monday, April 13th, 2020
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Joseph Charles Spagnuolo, MD entered eternal life Monday, April 13, 2020 in Red Bank, NJ. He was 68.
Joseph was born on June 12, 1951 in Manhattan, NY, a son to the late Emilia (Kormanik) and Peter Joseph Spagnuolo, MD. He was raised and lived in Asbury Park, NJ before moving to Fair Haven in 1990.
He attended Holy Spirit grammar school in Asbury Park, graduated St. Rose High School in Belmar, NJ, graduated St. Francis College in Loretto, Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Biology, in 1973, received his MD at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey in 1979 and completed his Residency in Internal Medicine in 1982.
Joseph was Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at the VA Medical Center in East Orange for twenty-three years until his retirement from the VA in 2005. In addition, he served as Physician Consultant and Associate Medical Director for the Peer Review Organization of NJ for many years.
Joseph also served as Chief Medical Officer for Christ Hospital in Jersey City.
Most recently, since 2005, Joseph served as Physician Advisor for Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health where he was working until the time of his death.
Joseph was board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Emergency Medicine, the American Board of Forensic Medicine, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He was also a member of numerous professional societies and committees.
Joseph was warm, kind and down to earth. He was truly devoted to his family and profession. Whenever a family member or friend needed advice, he was always available to help and advocate. He was a loving brother and devoted uncle. He also loved country music and had a special affection for animals. He will be deeply missed.
Joseph was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Emilia Spagnuolo, and sister Rosanne Spagnuolo.
He is survived by his sister Gloria Rox and nephew Michael Rox of Berkeley Heights, NJ, many cousins, friends and colleagues.
A Virtual visitation will be shared through a Zoom invitation on Friday, April 24, 2020 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM and Saturday, April 25, 2020 9:30 AM under the direction of the Valley Memorial Funeral Home, Gillette, NJ. Interment is private at St. John Cemetery in Queens, NY.
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Memorial contributions may be made in the memory of Joseph to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105
A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 24th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Friday, April 24th, 2020 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Valley Memorial Funeral Home
    1012 Valley Rd
    GILLETTE, NJ 07933
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    The Funeral Home will only allow 10 people at a time, including staff, as directed by NJ State restrictions. A zoom virtual visitation can be attended at: Topic: Joseph C. Spagnuolo MD Virtual Visitation Time: Apr 24, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 851 2565 2091 Password: 332217
  • Service

    Saturday, April 25th, 2020 | 9:30am
    Saturday, April 25th, 2020 9:30am
    Valley Memorial Funeral Home
    1012 Valley Rd
    GILLETTE, NJ 07933
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The Funeral Home will only allow 10 people at a time, including staff, as directed by NJ State restrictions. A zoom virtual visitation can be attended at: Topic: Joseph C. Spagnuolo, MD Virtual Funeral Service Time: Apr 25, 2020 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 812 6822 2778 Password: 047099
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Kirk Openshaw

Posted at 04:32pm
So sorry to hear of Joes passing, I got to know him over the last few years, he was a kind hearted and was always happy to see you, Godspeed joe, I’m going to miss you. Kirk

Jack Hazard

Posted at 12:34pm
I was very sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I met him at St. Francis when we lived on the same floor of Ave Maria dorm for two years. Even though I was 2 years ahead of him, we hit it off as two fellow Jersey Shore guys. He was a character, but very likable, very smart ,and a hard working student, who was determined to go to medical school. Even then, we all called him "Doc". We also sometimes called him the "Frito Bandito" because of his moustache. We had many good times and good conversations. He talked often and proudly of his family. During vacations from college and even after college,we continued to hang out together. Along with my roommate from St. Francis, Drew Fuller( who was from Brooklyn), Doc and I were somewhat of a "three amigos" at the Jersey Shore, particularly at any bar with pretty girls and good bands. This continued after I returned from a 2 year stint in the Marines and while I made my way through law school and he made his way through medical school. One night in late December, 1972, he called me up and suggested we go to a bar in Neptune that had a good band. I told him that I was tired and low on money because we had already been out 4 nights in a row. Doc insisted and persuaded me to go. That was the night I met met wife and we've been together for 47 years and married for 45. Doc will always be a part of my memory of the luckiest night of my life. I still tell my wife "I owe it all to Doc". Sadly, we all lost contact over the years. I always knew that, with his intelligence and his compassion, Joe(Doc) would make a great doctor. RIP, Joe(Doc). Jack Hazard

Robert "Baron" Moore

Posted at 11:28am
"Doc", as we knew him as a Tau Kappa Episilon fraternity brother at St. Francis, was a gregarious, fun-loving guy who I recall always wanting to be a doctor and am glad that he reached his goal. Always the big mustache, even in college. Sorry many of us lost touch with him after college. Bob Moore

Dianne Ochse

Posted at 10:20am
I read with get sadness of the death of Joe; he was one of a kind. I worked with Joe as an emergency room nurse way back in the early 80's when he was a resident at then College Hospital Newark. We had so many laughs.... he spoke of Grand Ave Asbury Park, his growing up... How could his signature handlebar mustache ever be replicated by anyone else? Joe wore it well with his smile... I'm sorry to hear he left this world too soon. I only have the fondest memories of my time working with him.
My deepest sympathy to all of you,
Dianne De Marco Ochse, RN

Carole Ball

Posted at 01:58pm
So blessed to have known and worked with Dr. Joe for the few years I did at MMC. He was a brilliant man and a kind soul. Will rejoice that he is now seated at the wedding feast of the Lamb, sitting in the arms of Jesus our Lord and Savior, yet will pray for the family he left behind as you mourn the loss. But take comfort in the knowledge you will see him again.
Carole, a colleague

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