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Joseph M. Smoluk

May 2, 2022

Obituary

Joseph M. Smoluk of Hartsville, formerly a 40-year resident of Algard Street in Philadelphia, passed away on May 2, 2022.  He was 77 years old.  Joe was the beloved husband of Constance M. (nee Ferry) Smoluk with whom he had shared over 51 years of marriage.  He was born in Philadelphia, son of the late Stanley and Emily Smoluk.

Raised in St. Joseph’s House for Homeless and Industrious Boys, Joe graduated from Roman Catholic High School in 1963.  After High School he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Okinawa as a Ballistic Meteorologist during the Vietnam conflict.  Upon returning home, Joe went to the Philadelphia Fire Academy. After graduation he served for 36 years with the Philadelphia Fire Department.  His last station was Engine 7/Ladder 10 “Raising Hell under the EL” and retired in 2003.

He was an avid Eagles fan, fisherman, and camper.  Joe enjoyed fishing both in the mountains and in the ocean.  He also loved the many camping trips with his family and friends.  His favorite trip was the yearly Father’s Day camping weekends spent with his daughters and his yearly hike of the Delaware Water Gap.  Joe was a loving father and grandfather who cherished the time he spent with his family and friends.   

In addition to his wife, Joe is survived by his devoted daughters; Veronica Felmey (Gregg) and Alexis Wells (Jeffrey).  His grandchildren; Cecelia, Declan, Falco, and Ryan will deeply miss their Poppy. Joe is also survived by his brother, Stanley Smoluk.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his graveside service in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA when they are scheduled. Please check back for a date and time. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials in Joe’s memory to the HERO Scholarship Fund of Philadelphia.  https://www.herosfop.org/

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