SOUTHBURY - Joseph Francis Kepics, 79, beloved husband and cherished dad, entered into eternal rest surrounded by his loving family on March 31, 2021. He was the devoted husband of Elizabeth Kepics for 57 years.
Joe was born in Brooklyn, NY on August 22, 1941 to the late Joseph and Catherine (McMahon) Kepics. Growing up in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens, Joe spent his formative years on the baseball diamond honing his skills and developing a lifelong passion for the game itself. After graduating from Power Memorial High School, Joe earned a full baseball scholarship to St. John's University. While at St. John's, Joe met his future wife Beth, became a standout on the diamond, and earned his bachelor's degree in English/Journalism. After graduating from St. John's in 1962, Joe entered into the Red Sox organization to pursue a professional baseball career. After two years of being in the Red Sox system, Joe married the love of his life Beth on February 8, 1964. After marrying Beth, Joe became involved with the Boys Club of America as a director in the organization. During this time, Beth and Joe celebrated the births of their three wonderful children Tracey, Michael and Andrew. Eventually moving to Florida with his family, Joe began a new career in electronic component sales and a side hustle in sports officiating. Officiating would be another passion for him throughout his entire life. Joe was always involved, loved to be fit, active and close to the game. He was a member of IAABO Board 10 of New Haven County where he made lifetime of friendships and acquaintances. The pinnacle of his officiating career came when he was chosen to be an official for The Big East Conference.
Joe was always a fair, honest and good friend to everyone. He was a Motown guy who loved all genres of music, he enjoyed seeing live music, spending time on the Cape watching Cape League games and relaxing on the beach.
Joe is survived by his loving wife Beth and his two son's Michael and Andrew. He is predeceased by his angel and loving daughter Tracey.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Joe at 11:00am on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Sacred Heart Church, 910 Main Street South in Southbury. Burial will be private.
The Kepics family would like to thank the doctors and nurses for the exceptional care and support of Joe while at St. Mary's and Vitas.
In lieu of flowers, the family would request that a donation be made to the CJD Foundation in loving memory of Joe's daughter, Tracey.
The Carpino Funeral Home of Southbury has been entrusted with the arrangements. To leave a message of remembrance, please visit www.CarpinoCares.com.
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