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Joseph A. Verespe
Lorain Firefighter & One of the First EMT's on the Department
Age 77
Born: March 20, 1943   Died: May 6, 2020

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Joseph A. Verespe, 77, resident of Lorain, died Wednesday May 6, 2020 after a lengthy illness.

Born March 20, 1943 in Ellwood City, PA, he is preceded in death by his parents Agnes (nee Chapla) and Anthony J. Verespe.

He attended Holy Trinity School in Lorain and served as altar boy there. Growing up in a vibrant Slovak neighborhood, the eldest of three, Joe’s life was shaped by this International City.  It was a time when the Steel Mill’s blast furnaces roared, the shipyards were booming and the Ford and GM plants were churning out cars.

Joe graduated from Lorain High School and enlisted in the Army National Guard serving for 4 years. His true calling was serving Lorain as a firefighter for 29 years. He was a well-respected first responder in every sense of the word. Joe was one of the first EMT’s on the department working Rescue Squad 8 with his longtime partner. He is remembered by many people whose babies he delivered and lives he saved whether from a burning building or a medical emergency. He thought nothing of putting his life on the line especially in the 1971 Roger Blough ship fire when he and his partner were tasked with finding trapped workers.

Before retiring in 1994, Joe earned his Master Mechanic designation for the fire dept. He passed on his knowledge, training and teaching new and upcoming firefighters on every aspect of firefighting trucks and equipment.

Joe is survived by his three children, daughters Angela (Leo) Alessi of New Jersey, Amy (Andrew) McWilliams of Texas and son Anthony (Christine) Verespe of North Dakota, who followed in his footsteps becoming a firefighter, 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, former wife Suzanne (nee Baxter) Verespe of FL, brother Charles (Karen) Verespe, also a retired Lorain firefighter of Vermillion, whom he shared a love of cars with, Corvettes being Joe’s favorite; sister Virginia Koba, retired Registered Nurse of Lorain who lovingly cared for him throughout his illness, 4 nieces and nephews and 8 great-nieces and nephews.

Joe was a member of St. Mary’s Parish in Lorain.

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The family will receive friends Monday July 27, 2020 from 10:00 am until the time of the mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 1305 E Erie Ave, Lorain.  The Rev. Kenneth Katricak, OSB, will preside and firefighters from the Lorain Fire Department will stand honor guard.  Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Lorain. 

Please follow recommended COVID-19 social distancing guidelines of six feet of separation and the wearing of masks while attending the ceremonies in church and at the cemetery. 

Please make donations to:

Muscular Dystrophy Association, c/o the Lorain Fire Department, 1350 Broadway Ave, Lorain, OH.  44052