Joseph John Intermaggio, Jr. was born on September 22, 1931, in Lying In Hospital (now New York Hospital) to his mother, Ninfa Frances Accardi, and his father, Joseph J. Intermaggio. His mother was a seamstress and his father a security guard. Eight years later, they had a daughter, Carole Eve Intermaggio, who predeceased Joe in 2010.
In early childhood, Joe lived in the Ridgewood section of Brooklyn, and later moved to St. Albans in Queens.
Before he graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 1949, Joe knew he wanted to become an airline pilot. A neighbor encouraged him to join the U.S. Naval Reserve at Floyd Bennet Field in Brooklyn, While he didn't become a pilot, he did become a crew member and flew as a 2nd mechanic. He spent fourteen years in the Naval Air Reserve. Afterwards he joined the Suffolk County Police Department and became a detective, serving for thirty two years. Later he worked as a private investigator for twenty years. He is a graduate of the New York Institute of technology where he learned computer skills for use in his police work.
Joe has four children from his first marriage to Ruth #. Intermaggio. Donna J. Danyluk, James Michael Intermaggio, John Joseph Intermaggio and Joseph John Intermaggio III. He also has nine grandchildren and some great grandchildren.
From his second marriage to Patricia June Mott-Intermaggio, he has two step children: Kimberly Ann Longnecker Hoehn and Joseph Francis Longnecker III, and two granddaughters and one great grandson.
While Joe had a brief role in the "Pirates of Penzance" in grammar school, it was only years later he found his talents as a singer and actor. He discovered his musical voice while on a weekend religious retreat, and later became involved in the church choir, barbershop singing group and a Christian Men's Harmony Group. He became involved in the Riverhead Faculty and Community Theatre (RFCT) and was cast in "How to Succeed in Business," "Mame," "The Music Man" and "Annie." He also acted in the Riverhead East End Arts Council productions of the Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinnafore and Mekaido. In his eighties he was still involved, joining the Seniors singing Melodies and Memories.
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