Julius "Joe" Bilardi of Clarks Summit died Thursday at Regional Hospital of Scranton. He was married to the former Jacqueline Corbett. The couple celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Salvatore and Josephine Bilardi, he graduated from West Side High School, and attended several police training programs. He proudly served the City of Scranton as a police sergeant for more than 28 years. In the 1970 Hotel Casey fire in Scranton, he came close to tragedy by staying in the burning hotel and helping guests escape. Joe and Joe Silva became trapped on the fifth floor during the fire. Joe's condition warranted hospitalization. He loved his country, and served in the Army's Sixth Tank Battalion, Second Armored Division. He was a member of the Green Ridge Assembly of God Church. Joe was an avid golfer and fisherman.
He was a very sociable and outgoing person who knew everyone. He would do anything to help a friend or a stranger in need. Joe was an honorable man and a loyal friend. His family loved him dearly, and will miss him beyond measure.
A special thank you goes out to Dr. Darlene Dunay and the staff. Dr. Dunay was not only a wonderful doctor but also a friend.
Also surviving are two sons, Christopher and wife, Kelly, Old Forge; and David, Philadelphia; three grandchildren, who meant everything to him, Samantha, Dylan and Gianna; nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Jason; four brothers, Augie, Larry, Carl and Jerry; three sisters, Virginia Minutes, Laura Cutri and Antoinette Phaneuf.
The funeral service will be Monday at 10 a.m. at the Louis V. Ciuccio Funeral Home, 145 Moosic Road, Old Forge. Interment, Old Forge Cemetery.
Relatives and friends may call Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
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