YONKERS, N.Y. -- Joseph Brocia Jr. of Yonkers died Wednesday, Feb. 11. He was 96.
A longtime Yonkers resident, he attended Public School 8 and Roosevelt High School. Joseph then attended Colgate University, graduating in 1942.
He then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he trained as a combat pilot flying Corsair fighter aircraft. He was assigned to the Fighting Falcons on the aircraft carrier Bunker Hill, operating in the Pacific theater of World War II. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism.
After his discharge from the Marine Corps at the rank of captain, he joined California Products Co., a Fresno-based distiller servicing the domestic wine industry, as vice president of sales.
An avid yachtsman, he was a member of Huguenot Yacht Club in New Rochelle since 1946, serving as commodore and club historian. He also served as commodore of the Eastern Cruiser Association.
He is survived by his wife, Lois; and sons, Joseph Brocia III and Robert Brocia; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Family will receive friends at the Fred H. McGrath & Son, Funeral Home, Bronxville, from 2-5 p.mm Sunday, Feb. 15.
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