In Memory Of

Dr. Joseph D.

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A special request;

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society


Dr. Joseph Dante Cipriani, a beloved member of the Garden City community and a dedicated pediatrician, passed away on February 16th, 2023, at the age of 69. His passing is a profound loss for all who knew him, as he was a kind, compassionate, and generous person who made a positive impact on the lives of countless individuals.

Joseph was born on March 1st, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, to Ralph and Christine Cipriani, and was the second eldest of four siblings. He grew up in Garden City South, where he attended Chaminade High School and graduated in 1971. He then went on to pursue higher education, earning his bachelor's degree from Fordham University in 1975 and his medical degree from the University of Bologna in 1982.

Joseph's career as a pediatrician spanned several decades, during which he touched the lives of numerous children and their families. He began his medical career as a Chief Resident of Pediatrics at Winthrop-University Hospital, where he developed a reputation for his dedication to his patients and his compassionate bedside manner. He later became the founding partner of Garden City Pediatrics, a practice that he helped to build into a trusted institution that provided high-quality care to countless families in the community.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Joseph was a devoted family man who cherished his relationships with his loved ones. He is survived by his mother, Christine, his three siblings, Marie (Frank) DePietro, Sylvia (Matt) Donovan, and Ralph (Andrea) Cipriani, his former wife Patricia, his three children, Marissa (Bryan) Jakovcic, Lynn Cipriani (Brandon Raabe), and Joseph (Kelsey Shamblin), and his two grandchildren, Madeline and Joseph Jakovcic. Joseph was a loving father, grandfather, and uncle who took great pride in his family.

In his free time, Joseph enjoyed a variety of hobbies, including fishing and driving. He was known for his quick wit and his ability to make people laugh, and he was often the life of the party. He had a unique ability to make those around him feel at ease and comfortable, and he will be remembered by many for his infectious smile and his warm and welcoming personality.

The family of Dr. Cipriani invites all who knew him to attend the services that will be held in his honor. Visitation will be held at Fairchild Sons Funeral Home in Garden City on Wednesday, February 22, from 3 -7PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, February 23, at 9:45 am at the Church of St. Joseph in Garden City, followed by the Rite of Commital at the Cemetery of the Holy Rood in Westbury. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the National MS Society in his memory.

Joseph's legacy of love, kindness, and service will continue to live on in the hearts of those he touched. May his memory be a source of comfort and inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to know him, and may he rest in peace.

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