Joel Gennosa, 87, U.S. Air Force vet and Golden Gloves boxer from Sayville, dies


Joel Gennosa, a former Daily News Golden Gloves boxer who raised his family in Bayport, died on Jan. 21. He was 87.

A U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Saudia Arabia and other locations overseas, Gennosa most recently resided in Sayville at the Brightview Senior Living Complex, enjoying visits from his children and grandchildren, according to obituary information released by Raynor & D’Andrea Funeral Homes in West Sayville.

Gennosa grew up in Liberty, New York, and Brooklyn, taking up karate and boxing before finding success fighting in the Golden Gloves tournament at 18 years old in 1952. Following his military service, he moved to Long Island, joined the IBEW Local #3 Electrical Workers Union, and eventually settled with his wife Ann and their family in Bayport in 1967.

The Gennosas raised four children in Bayport and were married for 30 years before Ann Gennosa’s death. After marrying Nancy Dundas, Joel Gennosa spent many of his retirement years in Florida. He returned to Long Island in 2021, following his wife’s passing that year.

Gennosa is survived by his son, Edward, Deirdre; three daughters, Deirdre Lange, Jennifer Guidi and Kerry Trocchio; 12 grandchilden; six step-children; 14 step-grandchildren; his sister Anita Gebbia; and six nieces and nephews.

Visitation services for Gennosa are scheduled for Jan. 30, from 6-8 p.m., at the Raynor & D’Andrea Funeral Home, 245 Main St. in West Sayville. An 8 p.m. chapel service will be held at the funeral home.