Joseph H. Branson

December 19, 1956 ~ June 10, 2021 (age 64)

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Joseph H. Branson, 64, of Spotswood passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Born in Long Branch, Joe was raised in Jersey City where he lived until settling in Spotswood in 1993. He retired in 2016 from Firmenich, Inc. of Plainsboro where he worked as a chemical compounder. He was an avid fan of both the New York Yankees and Giants and he rarely missed watching a game. He enjoyed playing softball and basketball, fishing, crabbing, outdoor grilling and decorating the inside and outside of his house for every holiday. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and his family was everything to him. He was also the life of any party he went to with his antics and great sense of humor. All of his children's friends saw him as their second father.

Predeceased by his parents Shirley and Joseph DiSpagna, he is survived by his wife of 44 years, Catherine Branson; his children Joseph Branson, Jr and his wife Altagracia, Lisa Hewins and her husband Richard, Michael Branson and his wife Tracey and, Timothy Branson; his sister Sherry Branson; his nephews Christopher and Augustin, and; his pride and joy, his grandchildren Michael, Jr, Julia, Elizabeth, Tatiana, Vivian and Janelle.

Funeral services will begin at 11:30 AM on Monday, June 14th from Spotswood Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Spotswood, with interment following in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, East Brunswick. The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 13th from 2:00 to 6:00 PM at the Funeral Home.

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June 13, 2021

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Spotswood Funeral Home
475 Main Street
Spotswood, NJ 08884

Funeral Service
June 14, 2021

11:30 AM
Spotswood Funeral Home
475 Main Street
Spotswood, NJ 08884

June 14, 2021

12:30 PM
Chestnut Hill Cemetery
Old Bridge Turnpike
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

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