Joseph Zachary Zucchero passed away unexpectedly on March 1, 2023 at the age of 69. His loved ones are deeply saddened and shocked by his sudden death. Joseph was born on February 21, 1954.
Joseph is survived by his loving wife Camille (nee Eng) of 45 years, as well as his children, Christopher (Kacey), and Lauren, siblings Dominic (Dee) Zucchero and Claudine Grippo, and beloved dogs Bama, Bailey, and Vinnie. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Rita Eng, brother-in-law James Eng, and nephews Zachary and Nicholas Eng.
Joseph is preceded in death by his mother, Rita (nee Natalino) Grippo, father Nicholas (Cookie) Zucchero, father-in-law Edward Eng, and much loved pets, Jake, Mugsy, Bella and Nero.
A lifelong Chicagoan, Joseph was raised on the Northwest side of the city, before settling in Park Ridge in the late 1970’s. He started out his professional career as a butcher at Dominick’s Finer Foods, before opening Mr. Beef in the River North neighborhood in 1980. Joe was able to build his restaurant into a Chicago staple over the last 40+ years, through his ability to connect with people from all walks of life, over the shared love of food.
Joe loved to spend time building his collections of original movie posters, bobbleheads, and antiques from his favorite eras. An avid music fan, he had an eclectic taste, from Frank Sinatra to Steely Dan, the Rascals and Boy George. Joe was also a fan of film; in particular from the golden age of Hollywood. He loved his dogs, spending time in the sun, and making friends that became family.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 11th from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:30 a.m. at Cooney Funeral Home located at 625 Busse Hwy. in Park Ridge. Interment All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to One Tail At A Time at https://www.onetail.org/donate/ are appreciated. For further information please contact www.cooneyfuneralhome.com or 1-847-685-1002
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