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“I worked at the ARC from 2002 to 2004 and took Joe to the ARC convention. We went in the hot tub and from that day on he sang Tiny Bubbles when he...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Linda C Howell - Darlington, MD

“RIP Joe. You were an amazing man. Rest in peace my friend ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: melissa kossakowski - MD

“You will be truly missed! ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Denise Hughlett - Aberdeen, MD

“Joe was such a sweet gentle kind hearted soul. He always smiled at the ladies.he always had a kind word for everyone. I will miss my friend . the arc...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Lori Crouse - ABINGDON, MD

“Joe, You were always such a joy to know and to interact with. Your beautiful smile and soft spoken voice will be missed. It was a pleasure to know...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Yolanda Dockery - MD

“I enjoyed our trips to visit Susan, and she was so excited to see you. You were always kind to others, Joe, and I will remember your friendship and...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Beth Greiner - Elkton, MD

“Rest in Peace Joey! All your good deeds will be rewarded. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Patrick McAllister - Centreville, MD

“Now at peace. His struggle is over. Off to rest with his Mom and Dad. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: James Flannery - MD

“Rest in peace my cousin Joey. You had a kind and gentle spirit like your parents and sister. Til we all meet again. Love Kathy ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Kathleen lorah - Frackville, PA


Joseph Gerard Cardiff died at his home on May 19, 2017, after a struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Joe was born on November 11, 1954, in Shenandoah, PA. A lifelong resident of Harford County, he began his education at the Havre de Grace Special School before the opening of the John Archer School. He graduated from John Archer in 1976 an, and thereafter received outstanding vocational and later residential support from the Arc Northern Chesapeake Region. He had many successful positions including working at the Holiday Inn in Aberdeen, the Bank of Forest Hill, Edgewood Arsenal and at the Arc location in Aberdeen. He was also a volunteer for many years at the Lorien Riverside in Belcamp. Joe enjoyed music, dancing, watching videos and socializing and was a member of many clubs including People on the Go and People First. He served as an advocate for persons with disabilities and made many trips to Annapolis as a spokesperson. In 2005 he was selected as the "Self-Advocate of the Year" for the state of Maryland Arc and he wowed the large audience with his acceptance speech. He was also a lifelong member of St. Joan of Arc Church. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Patrick Cardiff, who was a retired Aberdeen Proving Ground firefighter, and Eleanore Loretta Cardiff, a retired Registered Nurse who worked for many years at the Citizen's Care Center. He is survived by his sister, Geralyn Cardiff Praskievicz and brother-in-law Robert Praskievicz of Derwood, MD; a nephew, James Praskievicz (Nancy) of Gaithersburg, MD; a niece, Erin Thornes (Andrew) of Olney, MD, one great nephew, three great nieces, his Godparents Mary Jo Gaydos and James Flannery, his Aunt Helen Flannery, and many loving cousins and friends. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 3 at 10:30am at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 257 South Law St., Aberdeen. A visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30am prior to his service. Interment with his parents will follow at a later date at Annunciation Cemetery in Shenandoah, PA. Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, 4513 Philadelphia Ave., Aberdeen, MD 21001.

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