Joseph Pacific, 68, sports fan, teacher

Joseph F. Pacific, age 68, of Danbury, CT, passed away on August 26, 2014 at Yale New Haven Hospital surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Mary Ellen (Carboni) Pacific.

He was born on October 12, 1945 in Bridgeport, CT, son of the late Joseph F. Pacific and Helen (Harbay) Pacific.

He was a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Bridgeport, CT. In 1967 he was an alumnus of the first graduating class of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. He went on to study for his masters at East Tennessee State University.

Joe had several careers - worked in sales, business owner and a Math teacher. Joe began his career as a math teacher in Bethel, CT. and retired from teaching at Henry Abbott Technical High School in Danbury, CT. His passion for teaching was evident to his high school students and adult learners as he prepared them for their future jobs. He encouraged his students to love and embrace the subject of Math.

Joe loved his family and especially his grandchildren who visited their Papa almost every day. Joe was a generous witty man who always brought a smile to those who knew him. He had a keen sense of style and always looked dapper.

Joe was an avid sports fan and his favorite teams were the Yankees and Giants.

In addition to his wife of 46 years, he is survived by his son:

Timothy Pacific of Danbury, daughter Katharine Cooper (Erik) of Danbury, and his grandchildren; Caitlyn Pacific, Jake, Mackenzie and Anthony Cooper, his brother, Rick Pacific, sister Mary McLaughlin (Dave). Joe is also fondly remembered by his sister-in laws; Francine Carmody, Elizabeth Carboni, Joan & Jack Hughes, Terri & Patrick Carmody, and brother-in law Harry & Sandy Carboni, as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.

During his many health issues, Joe never lost his faith in God’s will and that sustained him and his family.

The family would also like to thank Yale New-Haven Neurosurgical ICU team for their support and compassion during this difficult time.

The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield, CT on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 4 PM to 8 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10:15 AM in St. Mary Church, Ridgefield, CT. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Ridgefield, CT.

Friends are asked to kindly omit flowers.