Joseph DiLullo, Jr. died at the age of 81 at his home in Ellicott City, MD on October 22, 2020, with family members by his side. Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Annette (nee Cianciolo), daughter Krista Bateman (Gene) of Catonsville, MD, and son Christopher (Katie) of Annapolis, MD. He is also survived by his three grandsons, Thomas (“Alex”), Andrew and William Bateman.
Joe was born in Torrington CT on December 26, 1938 to Joseph Sr. and Mary (Parducci). He is survived by his older sister, Joan Colangelo (Albert) of Torrington CT, and younger brother Angelo of Lafayette, CO. They both have an endless supply of anecdotes of their brother’s antics. Joe was known to play practical jokes in the home and neighborhood. One such infamous story was when Joan received her first treasured bike and after a few weeks it went missing. They later discovered that Joe had disassembled the bike and sold it for scrap.
Joe enlisted in the Air Force in 1956. He was stationed at Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. He served overseas in Morocco as a communications technician. After being honorably discharged, he attended Post Junior College in Waterbury, CT, where he obtained an associate’s degree in business management. He then started his career in the auto industry where he worked for the Saab and Volvo corporations. On April 24, 1965 he married the love of his life, Annette, and started his family.
In 1973, a job opportunity with Volvo Corporation moved them to Baltimore, MD. Joe settled and raised his family in the town of Catonsville. In 1978, Joe started his own company, Imported Auto Parts of Baltimore, where he spent a large part of his career. Joe was working full time at Advance Auto Parts in Ellicott City almost up to his death. He loved helping customers and his knowledge of the automobile and its parts was infinite.
Joe was incredibly proud of his Italian heritage and enjoyed cooking authentic Italian meals for countless family members and friends. He served as an usher for many years at his parish, St. Mark Church, in Catonsville, MD. Joe had a love for the arts, especially the ballet and the symphony. Mostly, Joe enjoyed spending time with his family, he especially treasured watching his grandsons play soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. Overall, Joe enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, family dinners, trips to the beach and to his hometown in Torrington, and playing cards on Friday nights with his poker crew. He will be missed by all.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at St. Mark Church in Catonsville, MD. Due to COVID regulations, face coverings are required in the church at all times. Interment in the Baltimore National Cemetery will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Little Sisters of the Poor-St Martin’s Home, Baltimore
601 Maiden Choice Lane
Catonsville, MD 21228
11311 McCormick Rd.
Hunt Valley, MD 21031
To plant a tree in memory of Joseph DiLullo, Jr., please visit our tribute store.
Gilchrist Hospice Care
11311 McCormick Road, Suite 350, Hunt Valley MD 21031
Little Sisters of the Poor - St. Martin's
601 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville MD 21228