Joseph J. Hashem, 94, Scranton, died Wednesday at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Mary Sweeney, in 2011.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Joseph T. and Badi P. Soma Hashem, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during World War II and was a member of St. Ann Maronite Church in Scranton. He worked alongside his brother Tommy and nephew Tom Jr., whom he considered to be his son, together building Goodfellas Pizza.
Joe liked to be called “Pops”, Godfather, Umajo, and the Legend of Goodfellas, and his usual friendly greeting was, “Hi, Partner.” His family meant the world to him, and cherished each and every one of them. His nieces and nephews were like his children. There were always plenty of laughs, especially when he got together with the boys. He was a guy that had a huge heart for people and would never hesitate to help anyone out, always rooting for the underdog. Joe was a loving husband, father, jido, uncle, and friend who will be deeply missed.
Surviving are daughters Charlene Cody of Scranton, Joetta Mooney- Tempaugh of Norristown, Vanessa Connor and husband John of Scranton, and Marijo Jabbour of Easton; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by his son, Joseph J. Hashem III; son-in-law Mike Jabbour; his sister and several brothers.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Ann Maronite Church, 1320 Price St, Scranton, on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The mass will be celebrated by Rev. Antoun Youssef, Pastor.
Friends and family may pay their respects from 9 a.m. until the time of mass at the church.
Interment to follow in Cathedral Cemetery, West Scranton.
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