Joseph A. Megara, Jr., on October 23, 2020, of Erial. Age 73.
Beloved husband of Kathleen Megara (nee Conrad). Devoted father of Dr. Joseph A. Megara III (Adilia), Michael A. Megara (Lea), and Stephanie Allen (Jason). Loving Pop of Tony, Alex, Juliana, Olivia, Ryan, Miranda, and Lily and Nathan Bibbo. Dear brother of Theresa Carney, Kenneth Megara (Terry), Richard Megara (Robyn), Jeffrey Megara, Edward Megara (Barbara), Lisa Fulgham, and the late Stephen Megara, Sr. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Following in his grandfather's and father's footsteps, he joined the Cement Mason's Local 592 in Philadelphia at age 19. His concrete work was an art to him, beautifully finished. He retired from the Union in 1998. He graduated from Triton H.S. in 1965. He was so proud to have been in the US Marine Corps serving his country during Vietnam. Joe met the love of his life on the beach in Wildwood in 1972. They married in 1974 and went on to celebrate 46 years of love, friendship, commitment, and family.
There will be a viewing Wednesday eve 7 to 9 pm at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Interment private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joseph's honor to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675 or Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100 Silver Spring MD 20910.
Runnemede, NJ, United States 08078
My Dear, Joe. You were sent to me by God on the beach that rainy day in August 1972. I don’t know what made me walk up to you when you motioned for me to come to you. Little did I know that you were the Love ❤️ of my Life sitting on that blanket. Within 2 months I knew. I felt like I knew you my whole life! You must’ve felt it too because you proposed 6 months later! Throughout our marriage of 46 years, you treated me like a Queen. You bought me love bunches of flowers for no apparent reason other than you were thinking of me. You took me to Leon’s jewelry store and bought me beautiful things. You helped me care for our 3 babies, food shop and wash the dishes. And you always gave me the most expensive Christmas cards. I’d be so mad at you for spending too much money on them. You were a hard worker doing your concrete job, never missing a days work while providing for your family. Going to the Diner for breakfast was our family’s fun. You loved pork roll and eggs over medium. It’s at the diner that we met our Veteran friends. You were so proud to be a Marine. You got plenty of hoorahs when you wore your veteran hat and you always made sure to tell people that I was in the Navy and a veteran also. You were so proud of me too. You were so good to me. Take my hand so I won’t get lost. Protect me and be my guardian angel. I love you so much. Your loving, most thankful Wife,