Joseph Thomas Belfiore

August 31, 1958 - July 10, 2022
Joseph Thomas Belfiore

Joseph “Joe” Thomas Belfiore was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, boyfriend, and friend. He left this world too soon on July 10, 2022, at the age of 63.

He was born on August 31, 1958, to Joseph and Josephine Belfiore in Chicago, Il. He spent most of his career working at Hawthorn Mall as an Operating Engineer for 30 years before moving to CBRE as a Chief and then finally retiring. His love for the water is what drove him to retire early from Illinois and pursue his dream to live in Florida enjoying the sun and water. He purchased a house in Port Richey, FL in July 2018 and made the move in December 2018.

Joe was always active and up for an adventure, whether he knew what he was doing or not. His brain was always working and he was known for over-engineering the simple things. He had the ability to figure anything out and was full of “useless information” as he would say. His passion to teach was infectious. He believed in people and close relationships. He also had the ability to make a close friend with someone he had just met. Joe was never afraid to speak his mind if he thought people needed to hear it, even if people didn’t need to hear it, he’d let them know. Shortly after retiring, he met Tina who stayed by his side caring for him until the end.

Joe spent most of his time on the water or a motorcycle. He had a passion for spending too much money on cars/toys and has probably owned close to every kind out there. He taught his kids the valuable things in life like how to ride a dirt bike or hold a flashlight while he was working on the car. His work ethic was like none other. He always strived to do things the right way even if it took more time and was the harder path.

In 2019 he became “Grandpa Gator” with his first grandchildren, Madelyn and Gwen. Vera joined the group in 2020, and his first grandson, Matthew, came in March 2022. His second grandson Joseph, named after his Grandpa Gator, is due in September 2022.

He was beloved by everyone who ever met him; a fantastic father, a great boyfriend, and a best friend to all walks of life. No matter the circumstance, you’d always leave with a story of something Joe said or did that you couldn’t believe. A great man gone too soon.


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  • July 29, 2022
    LISA SHOR says:
    That was a great tribute to Joe, I knew him since we were kids and he moved into our neighborhood in Wheeling as an adolescent. The neighborhood was never the same, from the time he and his brother set the garage on fire working on a car or went through the front window of the donut store. His sense of humor was outrageous and I learned so much LOL. He was a good friend, always told me things I needed to hear and always apologized when he felt he was wrong. Though I had not seen him in many years I feel a sense of loss and sadness knowing his presence is no longer here on Earth. My condolences to all Who Loved him!

  • July 21, 2022
    Sherry Belfiore says:
    To a phenomenal brother-in-law. You are greatly missed, Bubba! I will always treasure our relationship and the fact that you trusted me to care for your dad. Much love from the bottom of my heart, your sister-in-law, Sherry

  • July 16, 2022
    Brandon Topel says:
    I was privileged to have met and worked along side of Joe right before he retired from 1717 Deerfield, he was a great man and mentor. I will miss our occasional talks and insults. May God love and forever keep you “Pops” Joe.

  • July 15, 2022
    Debra Ann says:
    Ret in peace Joe

  • July 14, 2022
    Billie Briggs says:
    Rest in great peace Joe. What a beautiful tribute written about your wonderful life here on earth.

  • July 14, 2022
    Teri Knuth says:
    To know Joe was to love Joe! He always made a bad day a better one!! He could make you laugh even if you didn’t want to! He was such a great guy!! He will be truly missed. My prayers for Tina, his children and grandchildren. May his memories always light the way!

  • July 14, 2022
    Tiffanie Guinnip says:
    Praying for you all Tina. He is no longer in pain and will always be with you ♡

  • July 14, 2022
    Shirley & Mike Raymond says:
    It was such a pleasure to know Joe , we are very thankful for the time that we had him in our life he always made me smile always give big hugs we will love you forever may you Rest In Peace 🙏❤️

  • July 14, 2022
    Heather Lowe says:
    May Joe rest in peace 🙏