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Joseph K. Newman

March 26, 1931 ~ January 7, 2022 (age 90)


It is with great sorrow that we say goodbye to Joseph K. Newman, who died at UConn John Dempsey Hospital on Friday, January 7, 2022. Joe was born on March 26, 1931, the son of Albert E Newman and Dorothy (Kussy) Newman, and grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, graduating from Columbia High School in 1949. Thereafter he attended and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School, Friars Senior Society) in 1953, and served two years in the United States Navy (U.S.S. Lake Champlain). In 1960 he joined the U.S. Foreign Service, and served at the American embassies in Paris, London and Rome, as well as the U.S. State Department and the White House National Security Council during the Johnson administration. He is survived by his dear and wonderful wife Suzanne Della Corte, his three children, Andy (Gregory), Jessie (Steve), and David; his five grandchildren, Philip, Katherine, Luke, Alex and Helen; and his cousin Joe Carris. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Greta (Funk) Newman, of Bristol, the mother of his children, and his sister Rhoda (Newman) Weiss, of New York City. During his long, eventful and happy life, Joe travelled extensively, notching up some seventy countries, made innumerable friends, and enjoyed his active retirement in Washington, D.C.; Harbour Island, South Carolina; Cutchogue, New York; the Drôme, France; and, most importantly, his “safest shelter,” Stony Hill Farm, in Burlington, Connecticut. A memorial celebration of Joe’s life with family and friends will take place in the spring. Funk Funeral Home, Bristol, is honored to serve the family. Please visit Joe’s memorial web-site at

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