Joseph P. Derby, age 82, of Star Lake, formerly of Massena, passed away peacefully on Sunday March 23, 2014 at Samarian Medical Center in Watertown surrounded by his loving family. Joseph was born November 14, 1931 in Massena to the late Harris and Mildred (OBrien) Derby. He graduated from Massena Central High School in 1949 and served in the United States Army from 1952 to 1955. He married Joanna Kulback on August 30, 1958. In 1960 he graduated from Fordham School of Pharmacy and joined B&D Pharmacy in Massena. In 1981 he moved to Star Lake where he owned and operated J.P. Derby Pharmacy until his retirement in 1999. Joseph served as a Fire Commissioner for the Star Lake Volunteer Fire Department for over 25 years.
Joseph is survived by his five children: Patrick J. Derby of Woodbridge, VA; Michael F. Derby of South Riding, VA; Christopher W. Derby, his wife Marie, of King of Prussia, PA; Kathleen M. Derby of Plaistow, NH and Stephanie D. Widzinski, her husband Jim, of Round Hill, VA, grandchildren Zachary, Mitchell, Anna, Billy, Tori, Ally, Brooke and Brian, sisters-in- law Mary Derby of Geneseo and Mary St.Pierre of Langhorne, PA, and several nieces and nephews.
Joseph is predeceased by his wife of 37 years Joanna K. Derby, his sisters Annette Beard and Margaret (Peggy) Sturtz and his brothers Harris F. Derby and William E. Derby.
Calling hours will be at Hawley Funeral Home, Star Lake on Thursday March 27, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St Huberts Catholic Church, Star Lake on Friday March 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. He will be buried beside his wife in St Francis Xavier Cemetery in Compton, Maryland in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Star Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Star Lake NY 13690.