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Celebration of Life

Goettel Park
Sunday July 11th, 2021

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Joseph Gerald Rinaldi

Joseph Gerald Rinaldi, 55, of Pennellville, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. He was the Operations Manager at Great Northern Mall for over 30 years.  Joe had a big heart and was loved by all.  He loved camping, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends.  At any gathering, you could always find him behind the barbecue grill.  He will be greatly missed.

Joe is survived by three sons, Joseph Michael Rinaldi, Nicholas David Rinaldi, and Cole William Rinaldi; his mother, Florence Bresett; sisters, Tina Ciamarro (Chris) and Dina Bell; brothers, Ronald Bresett (Becky) and Jim Rinaldi (Michelle); grandson, Carter Joseph Rinaldi; and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his father, Joseph P. Rinaldi, and his brother, Maynard (Jay) Bresett.

The family is planning a Celebration of Life on July 11, 2021, from noon to 2:00 p.m. at Goettel Park, 755 North Main Street, Central Square.

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As I sit here tonight going through pictures and remembering our childhood my soul smiles and my heart breaks a little more. See you werent just my big brother,you were my father figure and as we got older my best friend. I could talk to you about ANYTHING. I am so beyond grateful for EVERY moment, EVERY laugh,EVERY hug,EVERY smile and EVERY bit of help you ever gave me. You are the most amazing man I have ever known. I thank you for being you and I thank you for being my big brother. I do however ask one last favor.tell me how to live without you because I am struggling hard with that one. You took a piece of my heart with you that day. I hope you knew just how much you mean to mean and how very much you are loved. I hope you are at peace and I hope you are waiting for me with open arms when I get there. I love you to the moon and back forever and always big brother.

Tina Ciamarro Jul 1 2021 12:00 AM

When Joe was at Great Northern and I was at Shoppingtown, we would occasionally call and harass each other over incidents pertaining to the properties; fires, floods, whatever inconvenience made our lives miserable was fair game. My favorite and easy target of opportunity was the weather. When it snowed, it almost always affected Great Northern more significantly than Shoppingtown. I would be dealing with a couple inches while Joe would be suffering through a foot or more with a stiff north wind. I would call Joe during the peak of the storm and ask him so, what do you have planned for today? in which he would reply with a few expletives, and we would both have a laugh.
There was one rare instance when Shoppingtown received 30+ inches of snow, while Great Northern only got a few inches. I fully expected and received a call from Joe, asking me what I have planned for today. I had a problem with our snowplow contractor walking off the site at 8:00 a.m. stating that his crew was tired, but they would be back that evening to continue. With over a foot of snow (and still snowing heavily) in the parking lots, and no heavy equipment to use, I was beginning to get a little upset. We both had a good laugh, and then got back to work.
About an hour later Joe drives into Shoppingtown with Great Northerns front end loader. He actually drove it from Great Northern to Shoppingtown down I-481 during a heavy snowstorm for us to use.
What a guy.
Through the years there were several instances of Joes thoughtfulness and generosity. These are how I remember Joe, and these are why I miss him.

Jim Opela Jun 18 2021 12:00 AM

Jean, Joseph, Nick and Cole,
You are in our thoughts and prayers as you have been over the years. We have very fond memories of Joe. He had a huge heart and was so kind and welcoming to our family. We appreciate the opportunity to be a part of your family cook- outs for years. The BBQ chicken Joe grilled was still the best I have ever had!
With Love, The Gilbert Family
(Jon, JoAnna, Seth and Hannah)

JoAnna Gilbert Jun 15 2021 12:00 AM

I had the pleasure of working with Joe in the office at Great Northern. I always looked forward to his Monday morning stories of all the fun shenanigans of the previous weekend. He knew that mall like the back of his hand and was an invaluable resource for all of us on a daily basis. He wanted to be actively involved in the operations of the mall and dreaded the corporate aspect (though he was a team player and always donned nice pants and a golf shirt for corporate visits :-) We were a work family, and he always had our back. Ill never forget that smile, his laugh and all of his stories. My condolences to the entire family...Joe was one of a kind.

Sandy Graham Jun 15 2021 12:00 AM