Joseph L. DeSanto, 87 of Hamden, formerly of East Haven died peacefully on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Yale-New Haven Hospital with is loving niece by his side. Joseph was born in New Haven on December 3, 1933, a son of the late Joseph A. and Margaret DeSanto. He had resided in East Haven for most of his life before moving to Hamden ten years ago. Joe was a selfless, kind and overwhelmingly generous man. He had a huge heart, and would help anyone in need. He had a work ethic that compared to none, and spent many hours working several jobs while taking care of his mother. When he found time, he would unwind. Joe loved life and loved to celebrate and dance. He will be remembered as everyone's favorite uncle, and for his love of sweets and ice cream. He is the beloved brother of Margaret Fink and her husband Mark of Shelton, and Rosemary Gagne of East Haven. He is also survived by his life-long friend Tony Amodio of Naugatuck, and leaves many cherished nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Anthony DeSanto and his sister Carmela barbado. A graveside service will be privately held at the convenience of his family at All Saints Cemetery, North Haven. Memorial contributions in Joseph's name may be made to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals by visiting their website at www.aspca.org The Washington Memorial Funeral Home, 4 Washington Ave., North Haven has been entrusted with arrangements. www.washingtonmemorialfh.com
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