Joseph Reis, Sr. died March 18, 2013.
He was born Feb. 9, 1929 in New Haven, a son of the late Dominick and Maria Simoes Reis.
Since 1950, Joe was a bricklayer in the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers, Local #1 of CT, retiring in 1987. During his years in the union, he took courses for estimating and blueprint reading. Many homes in this area have the fireplaces, walls and hearths that he built. His work with brick, stone and marble was exceptional and admired by everyone.
Joe served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a diehard New York Yankees and UConn basketball fan. He and his wife were noted for their love of dancing. He enjoyed playing poker with his granddaughters. They were the "loves" of his life.
Besides his wife Gerrie, he is survived by his three sons and daughters-in-law; Joe Jr. and Kathy of Wayzata, Minnesota, Michael of Norcross, Georgia, and Bill and Paula Reis of Cromwell, granddaughters Jessica, Michelle (Sean) Murphy, Gina, Stephanie, Marissa, and Alexandra, brother and sister-in-law Dominick and Alzira Reis of West Haven, his sisters Mary Crespo of Wallingford and Delores George of Milford. He also leaves many cherished godchildren, nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his sister Rose Mendes.
For their caring and compassion, the family especially thanks Dr. W. Bruce Lundberg and his staff and nurses at the Father Michael J. McGivney Center for Cancer Care.
There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Lawrence Church, 207 Main St., West Haven Thursday at 10 a.m. Burial, with military honors, will follow in All Saints Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions, in his name, may be made to Notre Dame High School, 24 Ricardo St., West Haven, CT 06516.
To leave an online remembrance, please visit www.westhavenfuneral.com.