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“You have always been a good friend even through our trying days in the 80's only you and I and a few know what we are speaking on Good bye my...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Renaldo Mr. Snipes - NY - Friend

“Condolences to the entire family. Mr. DioGuardi was a wonderful man. ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Sandy Valentino - YONKERS, NY

“Dear Lynn, I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. May your dad's memories keep you strong. You have endured so much this last year and I can...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Grace Castorina - Bronx, NY

“3/11/2016 Dear Mr DeGuardia...you always bring a smile to my face..even now. ...your kindness, sincere interest in people and how they are doing...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Heidi Froehlich - NYC, NY

“Papa you will be missed greatly. I don't know how I am going to get by without you here. But I know you will be with me spiritually. This doesn't...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Louis - Bronx, NY - Family

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6 of 9 | Posted by: Louis - Bronx, NY - Family

“My sincere condolences. He was such a great guy ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Julia - Bronx, NY - Neighbor

“Accept my sincere I deepest condolences, I had great boxing conversations and shook his hand last Saturday. So sorry for your lost. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Mario Castro - East Meadow, NY

“Dear Joe and Lynn so sorry to hear about your dad. You both have been through so much My heart goes out to you and all of your family ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Linda DeRosa - Lake Worth, FL


Joseph DeGuardia SR., (AKA DioGuardi) a lifelong resident of the Bronx and resident of Morris Park for over 50 years, died on March 8, 2016. He was 86.

Mr. DeGuardia was born on February 27, 1930 in New York City to the late Dominick and Emilia (Leone) DioGuardi. He was a professional boxer who founded the Morris Park Boxing Club and BATOY (Better America Through Our Youth). Through these organizations he trained and mentored an entire generation of boxers. He was active in the Morris Park community and owned and operated 'Clowntown' on Morris Park Avenue.

Mr. DeGuardia, a Patriarch of the DeGuardia family and Morris Park Community, was a respected figure not just in the Bronx but throughout the country. He was a pillar in the community and hero to thousands of youth that he guided in and out of the ring. While he boxed professionally and came from the historic boxing breeding grounds with trainers such as Angelo Dundee (who trained him) and Cus D'amato, it was his unwavering huge heart to youth and the underdog that endeared him to so many.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy (nee Raven) DioGuardi; his sons, Joseph, Donald, Eric, and Dean; his daughters, Lynne, Denise, and Raven; his grandchildren, Jessica, Salvatore, Jesse, Frank, Dominique, Joseph, Andrew, Louis, Briana, Nicolette, London, Deanna, and Lorenzo; his great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Julius; and his sisters, Angela Maresca and Mary Taccetta. He is pre-deceased by his son Rick Jay DeGuardia, who died on November 25, 2015.

Visiting will be Friday 2-4 pm & 7-9 pm at Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home, 726 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday 10:30am at Our Lady of Solace Church.