Joseph D. Hickey


Joseph D. Hickey, a resident of Rome for the past 60 years, passed away on July 10, 2021, at the age of 83. He was born in Ontario, New York on March 12, 1938, the son of the late Maurice and Mary (Kane) Hickey.

Joe graduated from North Rose Central School in 1956. In high school, he was a member of the varsity basketball and baseball teams, was the President of his class, and graduated as the Salutatorian. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the State University of New York College of Education at Albany. While attending college, he met Beverly A. Jones, of Oneida, and they were married in Rome on June 23, 1962.

Joe began his career as a business teacher at RFA before becoming the Business Administrator for Camden Central Schools in 1971. After spending more than 30 years working in education, he retired in 1993.

During his retirement he enjoyed traveling the world with Bev and spending winters in Arizona. He loved golfing with friends, playing cards, lawn bowling, and most of all, spending time with his family. Joe was loved by all who knew him. He was a kind and generous man who loved a good time and he was extremely proud of his Irish heritage. He was a loving family man who will be greatly missed.

Surviving besides his beloved wife of 59 years, Bev, are their son Dan and his wife Elaine of Niskayuna, their son Tim and his wife Anna of Guilderland, their daughter Teri Tallarino of Rome; his sister, Jessie Didio of Rome; his brother-in-law, William Young of Oneida; seven grandchildren, Sara (Hickey) Pratt and her husband Tyler, Emily Hickey, Zachary and Thomas Tallarino, Jack, Sean and Evan Hickey; a great-grandson, Cooper Pratt; as well as his special nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas A. Hickey; his brother-in-law and close friend, Frank Didio; his sister-in-law, Dolores Young; and his nephew, Thomas M. Hickey.

Joe’s family would like to express their gratitude to the incredible staff at The Terrace at Woodland, where Joe resided for the past two years, for their kindness and compassion.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 11 a.m at St. Paul’s Church in Rome. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047 ( in honor of Joe’s wife, Beverly. Arrangements have been entrusted to Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 George Street, Rome. You may light a candle, send a message of sympathy, and read his obituary at


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