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Birth: 5 Sep 1936
Death: 14 Mar 2015
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1940 in Philadelphia, Pa.
obit of Joseph A. Voci, Jr.
Louis Voci Sr., 78, circulation supervisor for Daily News and Inquirer
IF YOU WANTED to see a face light up with a happy smile, all you had to do was say the words "Lou Voci'
to anyone who had known the man even slightly.
Lou Voci was a single-copy supervisor for theDaily News andInquirer for more than 30 years, a man known
for his devotion to his job, his meticulous attention to detail and a friendly nature that endeared him to
everyone he met.
"Everybody loved Lou," said Bob Palmo, retired regional manager in the newspapers' circulation department
and Lou's onetime boss. "Mention his name to anybody who knew him, and people just smile."
Louis Voci Sr., who was renowned as a man who loved life and all the goodies he could cram into it, a
passionately devoted family man and possibly the world's foremost fan of Frank Sinatra, died Saturday of
complications of prostate cancer. He was 78 and lived in Washington Township, N.J.
Lou's job was to supervise the truck drivers who delivered the newspapers, and they had the highest respect
for his professionalism and the way he solved any problem that reared its head.
For a time, Lou was also in charge of the "hawkers," the men who took bundles of both theDaily News
andInquirer to highways and intersections to sell to passing motorists.
After Lou retired in 2002, the company hired him back in 2004 as the "weekend opener" at the Schuylkill
Printing Plant outside Conshohocken.
What the job meant was that Lou would arrive at the plant at 10 p.m., make sure everything was ready for
efficient delivery of the newspapers, and leave at 5 in the morning.
At least, those were supposed to be the hours. But Lou would invariably show up at 7 p.m. because he
wanted to get a head start on the job.
The extra hours didn't cost the company anything because they were Lou's way of making sure the work
was done right, that the newspapers would get to their destinations as quickly and efficiently as Lou could
"He loved that job," Bob Palmo said. "It gave him something to do. He looked forward to the weekends."
Unfortunately, the company did away with that position in 2010 as a money-saving move.
"Lou was heartbroken," Bob said.
As a fanatic of Frank Sinatra, Lou had set up the basement of his Jersey home as a kind of shrine to the
singer. He had some 50 or 60 photos and clippings of Sinatra on the walls, Bob said.
For his wife's 60th birthday, Bob hired Benny Marsella, a renowned Sinatra impersonator, to entertain
guests at his South Philadelphia home.
"Lou was there," Bob said. "He sat next to Benny and he was just beaming. I never saw anybody beam like
Lou's love of life extended to food. When he was working as the opener at the Schuylkill Printing Plant, Bob
would bring him dishes from home, including his wife's mussels and shrimp scampi, and a biscotti that was
unlike any other biscotti. It would be filled with vanilla and chocolate pudding and a squirt of rum, and
topped with Cool Whip and cherries. Lou, of course, loved it.
Lou was born in Philadelphia to Guiseppe and Mildred Voci. He graduated from Bok Vocational High
School. For a time, he worked with his brothers in a family clothing-manufacturing business before getting a
job at theInquirer as a truck driver. He was later promoted to supervisor.
"He was a simple man," said his daughter Lorri Brandolini. "He didn't say much. He was a man of few
words, but he would give you a look and you knew you'd better behave."
Lorri, who works at the Deptford Mall, said a group of retired men who worked with Lou at the newspaper
plant meet every Wednesday at the food court and talk about the old days.
"I would say to them, 'Well, have you solved all the problems?' They are all happily retired, and now they're
going to have to get along without my father."
In a condolence message left with funeral director Egizi, of Turnersville, N.J., Linda Berlin, of Franklin
Township, said: "Lou will be sadly missed. He always enjoyed a good laugh. Lou had a way of making
everyone feel important and cared for."
Besides his daughter, Lou is survived by another daughter, Kimberly DiGregorio; a son, Louis Voci Jr.; a
sister, Nettye Garbarino; three brothers, Samuel, Anthony and Ronald Voci; four grandchildren; and his
former wife, Joan Muzzo.
Services: Mass of Christian Burial 10:15 a.m. tomorrow at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 176 Stagecoach
Road, Washington Township. Friends may call at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be at Manahath Cemetery,
Philadelphia Daily News (PA) - Thursday, March 19, 2015
VOCI Giuseppe A. (Joseph A.) (21 Jan 1895 - 19 Oct 1947)
RODIA Mildred Carmela ("Millie") (8 Mar 1905 - 12 Aug 2000)
VOCI Rose Jean (27 Jan 1924 - 28 Dec 1990)
VOCI Frank (9 Apr 1925 - 31 Aug 1999)
VOCI Antoinette ("Nettie") ()
VOCI Joseph A. (29 Mar 1929 - 27 Aug 1994)
VOCI Domenic Alphonso (3 May 1931 - 13 May 1977)
VOCI Samuel S. ()
VOCI Louis (5 Sep 1936 - 14 Mar 2015)
VOCI Anthony ()
VOCI Ronald ()
Marriage To ----- Joan ()
Children by ----- Joan
VOCI Lorri ()
VOCI Louis ()
VOCI Kimberly ()
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