NAPA - Nov. 21, 1918 to Sept. 16, 2009
Joseph McDermott, a longtime resident of Napa, died peacefully with his wife, Aurora, and his children at his side. He was born in Oakland and graduated from Fremont High School. He served in the U.S. Army with the 5O3rd Parachute Infantry Regiment during World War II. He parachuted onto Corregidor in the second wave and helped liberate the island from occupying forces. His career in law enforcement began as a deputy with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. He joined the California Highway Patrol in 1948 and was assigned to many areas with the majority of his career being spent in Napa. He retired from Solano as a lieutenant in 1974. He was a member of St. Apollinaris Parish.
The following notation, by an unknown source, was his favorite and is what he felt defined his life: “I intend to die confessing faith in that triune God in whose name I was baptized so many years ago, with the deepest of gratitude for the blessings of family, friends and career which have been mine, and with wonder at the great richness of life I have been privileged to live.”
He is survived by his daughters, Damian and Diana, sons Daniel, Joseph, Matthew and Vincent, and their spouses, grandchildren and many extended family members. His son, Denis, preceded him in death.
Private funeral services have taken place and a celebration of life Mass will be held at a later date. Joseph was a good man and will be missed, but never forgotten.