Joseph G. DeSisto

Date of Passing:

May 30, 2022

DeSisto, Joseph G., “Coach D” 91, of Anoka Avenue, Barrington, died peacefully on Monday May 30, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Mary E. (Berg) DeSisto.
A lifelong resident of Barrington, he was a son of the late John and Gilda (DiPaolo) DeSisto.

Mr. DeSisto was a Physical Education and Biology Teacher at Barrington High School for 35 years where he was the Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Track Coach. He also worked at his Family Nursery for many years and spent his retirement working at Wildflower Florist with his daughter Kathleen.

Joseph was a communicant at St. Luke Church, Holy Angels Church and the Carmelite Monastery.

Mr. DeSisto was inducted into the Barrington Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. He enjoyed playing bocce and spending time with his loving family.

Joseph was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by his children, Kim DeSisto and Denise DeSisto, both of Barrington, Ann Travers and her husband Keith of Swansea, MA, Kathleen Luther of Touisset, Tom “Del” DeSisto and his wife Emilie of Barrington, David DeSisto and his wife Jennifer of Barrington and Jason DeSisto and his wife Lisa Rose of Coventry; ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was the father of the late Peter DeSisto and MaryJo DeSisto and brother of the late Anna Integlia, Nicholas and John DeSisto.

The DeSisto family kindly requests those attending the calling hours to please wear a face mask.

Calling Hours will be held on Wednesday June 8, 2022 in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside from 4-7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Luke Church, Washington Road, Barrington on Thursday June 9, 2022 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Contributions in Joseph’s memory to Glimmer of Hope, 10 Gateway Road, North Kingstown, RI, 02852 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. Coach D was one of my best coaches and a real mentor to me. But he was more than that- he was kind, you could talk to him- he was just a wonderful person. I can still see him when I close my eyes even after 57 years.

    My condolences to his loved ones.

  2. Coach D was one of my best coaches and a real mentor to me. But he was more than that- he was kind, you could talk to him- he was just a wonderful person. I can still see him when I close my eyes even after 57 years.

    My condolences to his loved ones.

    Michael Aaronson, BHS class of 65: like Joe, a member of the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame

  3. So sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences are with the family.
    Chris and tori

  4. Kim, Sarah, Denise and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad/ Grandfathers passing. My Sympathies to all of you.

  5. Dear Kathleen and family please accept our condolences on the passing of your father. I knew him well as I was a Barrington High graduate, he was a fine gentleman and fellow Army Veteran. Bette & Charles Brule

  6. Dave and I send our deepest condolences to all of The Desisto family! Sending everyone all our love with prayers of strength to all! May all the beautiful memories of Joe live in your hearts always!?❤️???

  7. Joe never met a stranger as seen in all his family. He always made all feel warm and welcome in his company. Truly such a wonderful addition to heaven. He leaves a memory of goodness to all who knew Joe. May God bless and keep him for all eternity.

  8. Kathy, Amanda & family, our sincere condolences to you. So sorry for your loss.

  9. Kathy! To you, your brothers, sisters, family, and all the people’s hearts your father touched—our deepest sympathy. May you rest in peace Coach!

  10. So sorry for your loss coach. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this difficult time.

  11. He was a local legend! Sending comfort to all! ❤️

  12. So sorry to hear about the passing of my classmate Joe DeSisto!! He will be missed by all! Sending prayers!!

  13. Sincerest condolences. Everyone knew Coach Desisto. He was highly respected and it was our pleasure to have known him. May he rest in peace.

  14. My condolences to all the DeSisto family. I saw Mr. DeSisto for many years at Saturday mass at Holy angels church I knew his wife MARY also from church. Such a beautiful family you have. May you always keep those wonderful memories in your hearts forever. I believe that love never dies! God bless you all and heal your hearts at this sad time.

  15. Joe was one of the legends in town, and your family was always admired for the way you stayed close and took care of each other. I am so sorry for your loss, but I bet he’s having a great reunion. Hugs and prayers to all as you navigate the days ahead.

  16. Kath, Amanda and Family, Deepest sympathy. Joe was the BEST!

  17. The DeSisto family is a family of love and strength. My prayers are with each and every one of you.

  18. Barrington has lost one of its greats.

  19. My brother-in-law Joe was a great father figure to me all my life. I was in his and Mary’s house all the time and he and Mary-Jo were in our wedding. Lots of memories all good. RIP Joe.

  20. Coach D was a mentor to me. He named me captain of the 64 indoor track team and stood behind me. He was a gentleman and a great person RIP coach, I’ll miss you

  21. My condolences to the DeSisto family, I’m sorry for your loss ?

  22. I will am so sorry to hear of
    Joe Desisto passing.
    We were neighbors on Anoka Avenue where our children were friends and guests in Joe’s house and mine.
    My sympathy to all his family.

  23. The best coach I ever had, and a great leader of the young men on his track teams. I’m sorry for your loss.

  24. Joe Amato and Joe DeSisto were both high school friends and in the armed services in Japan at the same time. We’re sorry to hear about Joe’s passing.

  25. To the DeSisto Family, My husband Frank knew Joe well from all the Coaching they did for the Town of Barrington. I remember him from the Princess Hill days and later at Wildflower. He certainly knew his nursery business. I think he and my husband just talked about the “good old days” then we would talk plants. He was a great guy and always remembered you when he saw you around town. May you find some peace in the memories you all have. RIP Joe. Now you and Frank can talk all you want.

  26. So sorry for your loss,prayers for the DeSisto family ??

  27. Sincere sympathy to the De Sisto family. Coach was from my old neighborhood where my parents (Maple to Anoka) lived and my siblings and I were raised. My Dad was best friends with Joe’s Dad /Fire Chief what seemed like forever. Coach Joe was my biology teacher at BHS. My sons’ PE coach.and it goes on and on.
    Go in peace to your Glory….prayers…Godspeed.

  28. My track Coach for my three years a BHS . An inspiration and someone who trusted me to do my best. RIP coach

  29. The most wonderful man and Coach the town of Barrington ever had. Godspeed coach. Shoot some hoops with my mom.

  30. So sorry for you loss.

  31. Comforting hugs and prayers.?

  32. I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Joe DeSisto.
    We were neighbors for a number of years on Brow St. and siill kept in contact after the family moved to Anoka Ave. My heart goes out to all of you at this time. He was a wonderful man. RIP Joe. ❤️?

  33. Mr DeSisto was my Biology teacher in High School..he was the most interesting teacher I had. He always made learning fun..and such a nice person.
    May he be at peace with his Heavenly Family.

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