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Joseph H. Cleveland, Jr.

April 30, 1953 ~ January 17, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old

Joseph Cleveland, Jr. Obituary

Joseph Hurshel Cleveland Jr. passed away Wednesday, January 17th at University Hospital of Pennsylvania. Joe was born in Plainfield NJ on April 30,1953 to Joseph and Joan (nee Dawson) Cleveland. He grew up in Piscataway NJ, graduating from Saint Joseph High School in Metuchen NJ.  He continued his education at Seton Hall University and Rutgers, graduating with his BA.  He resided in Plainsboro NJ for several decades with his loving wife, whom he adored, Elizabeth Cleveland. 

Joe was a lover of life and a good time with friends and family. He spent over five decades playing in various bands on lead guitar and vocals up and down the Jersey shore backing up such luminaries as Art Garfunkle, Dion and the Belmonts, War and others. Joe also had an affinity for his beloved Mustang Convertibles as well as fishing on Barnegat Bay, LBI, and anywhere else down the shore. Joe spent much of his free time on the links at Princeton Meadows and Rossmoor and he cherished his golfing buddies very much. They became lifelong friends to Joe and Ela and part of his extended family.

Joe was a Senior Vice President of Sales most recently at SKF Fastening Systems and had a long career in industrial sales. He was given the opportunity to travel all over the United States and enjoyed incorporating visits to different Civil War historical sites along the way. At the height of his career Joe traveled abroad to Germany as well helping to manage several mergers.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Joan Cleveland. Joe is survived by his adoring wife Elizabeth, his brother Mark (Patricia) Cleveland, and his children Paul (Marchele) Cleveland and Virginia (Daniel) Bernstein. He is also survived by his grandchildren Emily Cleveland and Jessica Cleveland. Joe is also survived by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Adrej Ksezopolski and Irene Wolinski along with many nieces and nephews. Joe's family would like to extend their thanks to the staff at HUP and Merwick Rehab for their kindness to Joe.

Private arrangements are being held under the direction of the Sheenan Funeral Home.  A memorial service to celebrate Joe's life will be held in the summer months at the shore. 

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