WILMINGTON – Joseph Patrick Corcoran, age 91, of Wilmington, N.C., died Wednesday Aug. 3, 2016.
Mr. Corcoran was born in New York City, the son of the late Joseph Michael Corcoran, an Irish immigrant, and Mary Duffy Corcoran. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Julia Awtry Corcoran, who he met at the USO in Portsmouth, Va. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Corcoran LaVista.
He was an excellent student and attended Chaminade High School on Long Island, graduating as valedictorian of his class in 1943. By October of that year he had answered his country’s call, joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was assigned to Parris Island. He trained extensively as an airborne radar technician and radar operator during WW II. He served honorably until his discharge as a corporal in 1946. He attended Wright Junior College, Grove City College, Corpus Christi, Adelphi University, New York University and the College of William & Mary.
Mr. Corcoran worked for the A&P grocery store while raising his young family in Portsmouth, Va. He moved his family to Wilmington, N.C., in 1961 to work for J.W. Jackson Beverage Co. (Pepsi-Cola). He retired from Anheuser-Busch in 1993 after a 31-year career during which he served as district manager in the southeastern and western regions of North Carolina. His Budweiser distributors were well known for receiving “Dimensions of Excellence” under his guidance and diligent work. Many friends were made along his career.
He was a member of All Saints Catholic Church, a 50-year member of the American Legion and a longtime member of the Hanover Seaside Club, the Marine Corps League, the Chaminade Alumni Association and the World War II Museum. His love for giving to charities and organizations in need was his hallmark. Joe also was an avid golfer and was known for his love of nature.
He is survived by five children, T. Jefferson Comer (Jan) of Onaga, Kan., Lynda Comer Walker (Chuck) of Wilmington, N.C., J. Michael Corcoran (Janet) of New Bern, N.C., Mary Evelyn Corcoran of Wilmington, N.C., and Patricia Corcoran Smith (Lou) of Wilmington, N.C.; 11 grandchildren, Katie Comer King (Adam), Mickey Comer, Clay Walker (Liz), Julie Walker Bradham, Joey Walker (Susan), Nancy Corcoran Thuringer (Jason), Mary Corcoran Keeter, Alice Corcoran Culpepper, Melissa Raymer, Erin Sabrinsky Strickler (Nathan) and Marlo Sabrinsky (Odlanyer Perez Loyola); 12 great-grandchildren and precious nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who treasured him.
A Catholic vigil and visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. A funeral liturgy mass will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at All Saints Catholic Church, 18737 US Highway 17 North, Hampstead, N.C.
Pallbearers will be Mickey Comer, Bob Fuller, Nathan Strickler, Jason Thuringer, Dr. Clay Walker and Joey Walker.
Burial and a rite of committal with military honors will follow the service at Oleander Memorial Gardens, 306 Bradley Drive, Wilmington, N.C. Family and friends are invited to join the family immediately following the service for a light lunch at the Hanover Seaside Club, 601 S. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach, N.C.
The family wishes to sincerely thank all of those who cared for Joe. Memorials may be given to the newly established ”Corcoran Family Champions of Freedom Scholarship” to aide returning military veterans at UNCW University Advancement, 601 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403.
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