Obituary of Joseph M. LaPlaca
Joseph M. LaPlaca, 67, of Princeton died Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Penn Medicine Princeton.
Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident and attended St. Paul’s School and graduated from Princeton High School. He received his Business Management degree from Salem College in West Virginia. He was a member of St. Paul’s Church and was a Treasurer for the Knights of Columbus Princeton Council #636. Joe was an Eagle Scout in Princeton’s Boy Scout Troop #56, and he later became an assistant Scout Master for Troop #43. He was the owner and operator of Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon in Trenton for over 25 years. In 1996, Joe received an award at the Trenton Jazz Festival for businessman of the year for supporting the culture of jazz in the City of Trenton. He was also a life long runner and martial arts enthusiast. In the later part of his career, Joe was owner and manager of properties in Trenton and elsewhere in Mercer County.
Joe had the rare gift to make all those who knew him feel inspired. He was enthusiastic about life and loved a hard days work. He believed in service to others, and was a man of faith. Joe rose everyday determined to do a good deed.
Son of the late Anthony and Lee (Profita) LaPlaca, brother of the late Paul LaPlaca, he is survived by his wife Mary T. LaPlaca, one son and daughter-in-law Paul and Christine LaPlaca, two daughters Lauren and Anna Lee LaPlaca, three brothers David and wife, Elouisa, Anthony Jr. and wife Tina, and Jim LaPlaca. Included is a sister-in-law Alice Ann Mullaney and nephews Andy and Leo, and nieces Pia and Lee.
Calling hours will be held Monday, September 10, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 PM at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave, Princeton.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau St, Princeton.
Memorial contributions may be made in Joseph’s memory to Princeton Knights of Columbus Charity Fund, St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau St., Princeton 08542.
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