Joseph C.E. D'Antoni passed on January 22, 2018 with his loved ones around him. Born in the Bronx and raised in Westchester County, he decided to make the military his career and served in combat with the Air Force in the Korean War. After the cease fire, he received training as an EOD specialist and spent several years disposing of WWII and Korean War ordinance in the Pacific Theater. During a tour in Japan, he uncovered the theft of US munitions and their sale to Japanese criminal gangs and, subsequently, was invited to join the Air Force Office of Special Investigations as a special agent. He completed several tours in Korea, Japan, and other locations in Southeast Asia. When not assigned overseas, he served as an OSI Detachment Commander in Scranton, PA and at the Scotia Navy Depot. During the course of his career he was awarded several medals, including Purple Hearts, and many presidential citations from both the US and Korean governments.
Upon retiring MSgt. from the Air Force, Joseph worked as the head of security for the Carl Company department store chain and later as the head of the Schenectady County Sheriff's Civil Unit, before joining the NYS Board of Elections as a Senior Investigator, until his retirement. He was a member of the Sheriff's Assoc., NE Chiefs of Police Assoc., ASIS, Air Force Sgt. Assoc., Assoc. of Former OSI, VFW, Amer.Leg., and of the 10th Brigade New York Guard, where he was a commander and committed most of his last 20 years, retiring as a Lt.Col.
He is survived by his daughters Tamara D'Antoni and Teri (John) Robich; grandchildren Rachael, Rebekah, Amber, Philip and Joseph; sister Vinnie Mangiamele; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters Martha DeVito and Diana Babb, daughter Teraysa Sheffer, and wife Deborah Reid.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, January 28th from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Catricala Funeral Home, 1597 Rt. 9 in Clifton Park. There will be gathering at the funeral home on Monday at 12 noon, with a procession to the Saratoga National Cemetery where he will be interned with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, and to celebrate his generous spirit, please make a donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund or Canines for Warriors.