In loving memory of

Joseph A. Megara, Jr.
September 1, 1947 - October 23, 2020

Joseph A. Megara, Jr., on October 23, 2020, of Erial. Age 73.

Beloved husband of Kathleen Megara (nee Conrad). Devoted father of Dr. Joseph A. Megara III (Adilia), Michael A. Megara (Lea), and Stephanie Allen (Jason). Loving Pop of Tony, Alex, Juliana, Olivia, Ryan, Miranda, and Lily and Nathan Bibbo. Dear brother of Theresa Carney, Kenneth Megara (Terry), Richard Megara (Robyn), Jeffrey Megara, Edward Megara (Barbara), Lisa Fulgham, and the late Stephen Megara, Sr. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Following in his grandfather's and father's footsteps, he joined the Cement Mason's Local 592 in Philadelphia at age 19. His concrete work was an art to him, beautifully finished. He retired from the Union in 1998. He graduated from Triton H.S. in 1965. He was so proud to have been in the US Marine Corps serving his country during Vietnam. Joe met the love of his life on the beach in Wildwood in 1972. They married in 1974 and went on to celebrate 46 years of love, friendship, commitment, and family.

There will be a viewing Wednesday eve 7 to 9 pm at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Interment private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joseph's honor to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675 or Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100 Silver Spring MD 20910.


Cathy Corson wrote on Oct 30, 2020:

"Dear Kathy Joey,Stephanie and Michael, We are all so sorry to hear about Joe. Our family has so many memories of him from making his ice tea for the week or just his laugh when you would talk to him. I know he will be missed by so many people. The Corson Family"

Richard Sumter wrote on Oct 30, 2020:

"Joe always impressed me as a gentleman and an honorable person. His warm handshake and ready smile. He will be missed. Rick Sumter, VFW Post 303, Sicklerville"

Suzanne Gurenlian wrote on Oct 28, 2020:

"It was an honor to have known Pop Megara. He welcomed me into his home for visits that were both educational and touching to my soul. A fine man, husband, father/grandfather and friend that will be missed to the core. Thank you for your service to our country. You're forever in my prayers. Rest now in the arms of the angels and be at peace, until we meet again, Mr. Megara. "

Dot Blindenbacher wrote on Oct 28, 2020:

"I am so grieved to hear of Joe's passing. My memories of him will always be the story of how you two met, how he brought coffee to you at work, his HUGE outdoor holiday light show and those zeppoli he made at Christmas. (I miss your big Christmas parties.) You had a soul mate, someone many of us never find. He treated you like a queen. May your many memories and the family you two founded bring you peace. God bless you all. "

Marianne Traynor wrote on Oct 28, 2020:

"Too many memories to pin down, but my always memory of Joe, will always be that I knew no matter what, if we called, and he could be there, he was. Thank you for being my cousin ???"

Rick Megara wrote on Oct 27, 2020:

"I can?t express how grateful I am that I got to spend so much quality time with you, Brother. From all the years of concrete we poured together having fun on the jobs to the many hours we spent working on your train room, getting each little detail exactly to your specification. I loved the times we went golfing with our brother Jeff and still laugh at the time I drove you into the bushes looking for golf balls! Every Christmas I will think of the times Jeff and I helped you with all those decorations and extension cords you had all over the place! Rest in peace, Brother. I will always love and miss you."

Cindy Taglienti wrote on Oct 27, 2020:

"Dear Kathy, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. I'm praying for you and your family. You were blessed to have a wonderful man to share your life."

Shirley Decker (Marquette) wrote on Oct 27, 2020:

"Dear Kathy, I am so sorry for your loss of your loving, caring husband, Joe. I'll never forget working in the nurse's office everyday and Joe would bring you coffee. He was so loving to you! I loved seeing that! May God give you peace knowing that Joe is in Heaven with our Lord and Savior! Heaven just received another Angel!! Love you Kathy!! Praying for you and your family during this difficult time. "

Angela Anderson wrote on Oct 27, 2020:

"Joe Megara was my eldest uncle and he contributed to mine and brother?s lives a lot. Him and Aunt Kathy always included us in their family and took in me, my mom and brother many times when times were really tough for us. Some of those times were around the holidays. My Uncle Joe and Aunt Kathy always welcomed us for as long as we needed to stay and when Christmas came Uncle Joe always bought the biggest tree I have ever seen. Aunt Kathy always decorated it with her bubbling candles and tinsel and my cousins never complained that we were there intruding on their Christmas (at least we never knew if they did). My cousins always shared everything with me and brother whenever we had to live with them. My Uncle Joe always was strong, loving and was involved with his family. He always made sure his kids had a home to return to when they needed to and that he and Aunt Kathy were always there for their grandchildren. There was one time I thought Uncle Joe was crazy, when he was on a kick of eating beets and always tried to make me eat them? He would laugh and giggle when I did try and I started gagging. I always had fun over Uncle Joe?s when we lived with them and when we were visiting. He always had animals like dogs, bunnies, and hamsters. He also had three wheelers for us to ride on. One year I remember he pulled us on sleds behind his truck on a snowy night on Mary Ellen Lane. I got to visit with him and Aunt Kathy last year in their new house and watch Uncle Joe set up and play with his trains. We went out to breakfast every morning and I got know their Veteran friends and he always bought my breakfast. I never had to worry when I was with Uncle Joe. I miss him very much already and I love him very much. I know that love has gone up to heaven with him and I am so glad he loved me too because I know he is another guardian angel helping me and my family."

Diana (Lacovara) Angelastro wrote on Oct 27, 2020:

"Kathy, I am so very sorry for your loss. May God guide you through this difficult time and may Joe watch over you in the days to come. You were blessed to have had such a loving husband. May your memories bring you peace. Diana (Lacovara) Angelastro"

MaryAnn Alessandrini wrote on Oct 26, 2020:

"Joe was the sunshine to our WW family. He made us laugh in his own unique way. His love for his family especially Kathy, was something I?ll always treasure. I feel so blessed to have known him. "

MaryAnn Alessandrini wrote on Oct 26, 2020:

"Joe was the sunshine to our WW family. He made us laugh in his own unique way. His love for his family especially Kathy, was something I?ll always treasure. I feel so blessed to have known him. "

MaryAnn Alessandrini wrote on Oct 26, 2020:

"Joe was the sunshine to our WW family. He made us laugh in his own unique way. His love for his family especially Kathy, was something I?ll always treasure. I feel so blessed to have known him. "

William and Patricia Mayer wrote on Oct 26, 2020:

"So sorry to hear of the loss of Joe. May he rest in Peace in the hands of God."

Ed Carney wrote on Oct 25, 2020:

"Losing my God Father "Uncle Joe", is a tough reality for me right now. I'm very proud of to have known Uncle Joe. Aunt Kathy and Uncle Joe took my mother, sister, and me in when my mom was struggling in Jersey. He loved he's siblings very much. I also am greatfull for his kindness too me when I attempted to try my hand at Gloucester county college. The fact the my children wer able to meet with Uncle Joe and Aunt Kathy along with other family for the short period of time we had in 2019 was an absolute blessing. Rest in piece Uncle Joe, say Hi to mommom and popop, and uncle steve. For ever and always your God Son Edward Patrick Carney III"

Jack Fahy wrote on Oct 25, 2020:

"Kathleen and Family, We are so sorry for your loss; and our prayers are with you all. Joe always had a smile on his face and his yearbook notation stated "The future head mechanic." May God be with you all. Triton High School Class of 1965 "

Lisa Fulghum wrote on Oct 25, 2020:

"Our sister Teri Carney, just dictated the following to me in tribute to our brother. To my brother Joe, you were a wonderful person and I hope God takes you into his house and watches over you. I love you with all my heart. Love, Teri."

Debbie meddings wrote on Oct 25, 2020:

"So sorry for your loss but again no more pain and praying for strength and comfort at this time. Rich and Deb Meddings "

Jeff Megara wrote on Oct 25, 2020:

"I love you brother and will miss you dearly."

Kathy wrote on Oct 25, 2020:

"My Dear, Joe. You were sent to me by God on the beach that rainy day in August 1972. I don?t know what made me walk up to you when you motioned for me to come to you. Little did I know that you were the Love ?? of my Life sitting on that blanket. Within 2 months I knew. I felt like I knew you my whole life! You must?ve felt it too because you proposed 6 months later! Throughout our marriage of 46 years, you treated me like a Queen. You bought me love bunches of flowers for no apparent reason other than you were thinking of me. You took me to Leon?s jewelry store and bought me beautiful things. You helped me care for our 3 babies, food shop and wash the dishes. And you always gave me the most expensive Christmas cards. I?d be so mad at you for spending too much money on them. You were a hard worker doing your concrete job, never missing a days work while providing for your family. Going to the Diner for breakfast was our family?s fun. You loved pork roll and eggs over medium. It?s at the diner that we met our Veteran friends. You were so proud to be a Marine. You got plenty of hoorahs when you wore your veteran hat and you always made sure to tell people that I was in the Navy and a veteran also. You were so proud of me too. You were so good to me. Take my hand so I won?t get lost. Protect me and be my guardian angel. I love you so much. Your loving, most thankful Wife, "

Jeanne von Rhine wrote on Oct 24, 2020:

"Rick and Kenny and all the very sorry for your loss... ???? Dean and Jeanne von Rhine"

lisa fulghum wrote on Oct 24, 2020:

"My big brother was a great man. He lived a good life and was a very loving husband and father. He was so generous and a heart of gold. The love he and Kathy had will never fade it was true and beautiful. I miss you brother so very much. I am glad you are no longer in pain. you are now another angel on our shoulders. I love you brother. Your sister, Lisa"