Joseph R. Rizzo, Sr.

Date of Death: 
June 8th, 2020

Joseph R. Rizzo, Sr. passed away on June 8, 2020 at the age of 95. Joseph was a retired Fire Commissioner of the Phila Fire Dept. He was the beloved husband of the late Margaret (nee Grady). Loving father of Joseph R. Rizzo, Jr. (Anne), Theresa Grimes (Tom), Diane Rizzo, Margaret Kaufman (John), Patricia Cressman (Harry), John Rizzo, Sr and the late Marie Rizzo. Dearest Pop-Pop of Zachary (Mara), Holly (Greg), Jennifer, Joseph (Clinisha), Matt, Megan, John, Melissa, Eric, Natalie and Stephanie. Dear great grandfather of Marie, Sofia, Ada and Imogen. Dear brother of the late Frank, Ralph and Anthony Rizzo. Joe was a proud WWII Naval Veteran. After his service in the Phila Fire Dept Joe worked as Director of Investigations at the Cozen O’Connor Law Firm and was also a former safety director at the Phila Inquirer. Relatives and friends are invited to call Tuesday, June 16, 2020 from 9 to 10am at the Maternity BVM Church, 9220 OLD Bustleton Avenue Phila 19115. Funeral Mass will follow at 10am. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, masks are required to enter the Church and we ask that proper social distancing is adhered. Seating for Mass will be every other pew and we ask that you follow the directions of funeral home staff. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer donations to Shriner’s Hospital for Children at A Livestream of Joseph's service can be viewed by copying and pasting the following link.

Memories and Condolences

Know Joe for many years,a great individual who I had the opportunity to to interact on fire investigations with, plus he had a wonderful Christmas party Will be missed and rembered often.
Comm. Joe Rizzo, was one of the finest men I’ve ever known. Never pompous, always down to earth, always gracious to everyone. He will be missed, May he Rest In Peace.
I just found out about Joe’s passing. My sincerest sympathies to his family! He was a first class Fire Commissioner and boss. I was his secretary in the early 80s. He was fair, humble and honorable. May he Rest In Peace!

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