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Joseph E. Pitt, Jr., 90, formerly of Chadds Ford, PA passed away on July 7, 2021.
Born in 1930, in Woodbury, NJ, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (née Sellen) Pitt, Sr. He was raised in South Philadelphia and graduated from South Philadelphia High School.
In 1951, Joe enlisted in the US Air Force, where he reached the rank of First Lieutenant. He was a Flight Commander at Clovis Air Force Base, in New Mexico and an expert in gunnery. He was a fighter pilot during the Korean War, flying the F-84G Thunder Jet, the F-80C Shooting Star and the F-86 Sabre Jet.
After his discharge from the Air Force, he went on to graduate from West Chester State College (now West Chester University) in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, majoring in Math and Physics. He then earned his Master's Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963.
Joe started his teaching career at Mountain Lakes High School in NJ and later taught Physics at Lansdowne Aldan High School and Marple Newtown High School, where he also coached Track, Cross Country and Football.
Joe met his wife, Jacqueline Martin in 1954. Jackie was a nurse caring for his mother in the hospital. At the encouragement of his father, Joe asked out the pretty redhead and they were married 3 months later at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, SC. The great loves of each other’s lives, they were married for 60 years until she passed away in 2014.
Joe was the loving father of Joseph E. Pitt, III (Jeanne Lynne), Nancy Snyder (Thomas) and Barbara Pitt Macdonald; dear grandfather of Michael, Daniel, Stephanie, Scott, Craig, Joe, Tyler and Megan; great-grandfather of Sophia, Oliver, Ethan, Isaac, Peyton, Charlotte, Bruce and 2 more due by year’s end; and brother of Donald S. Pitt (Mari). He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
In addition to spending time with his growing family, Joe enjoyed his long-time hobby of power boating on the Chesapeake Bay and a love of Great Danes. He was also a talented pianist.
Services and interment are private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to The Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, INC. at http://www.magdrl.org/ways-to-donate/
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