Brian Joseph "Joe" Graniero (CWO5 USMC Ret), 58, of Jacksonville passed away August 10, 2017 surrounded by family following a short battle with lung cancer.
Joe is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jan, and his four children, Scott and wife Mimi of Jacksonville, Heather Stephens and husband Aaron of Jacksonville, Andrew and wife Blaire of Columbia, SC, and Emily Petersohn and husband Corey of Raleigh. He also leaves behind his beloved "minions", grandchildren Collin and Luke Graniero, Kylie and Mackenzie Stephens, Lillian Graniero, and Charlotte Petersohn.
Originally from Chicago, he was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Graniero. He is survived by four sisters, Linda, Sheila, Maureen, and Kati, and brother Kevin. As a lifelong Cubs fan, his dream to witness the Cubs win a World Series was finally fulfilled. Go Cubbies!
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Graniero retired from the Marine Corps in 2009 after serving 34 years as a Marine Communicator. In his retirement, he enjoyed working on antique radios, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren. In addition, he continued to serve the military community through federal service.
The family will receive visitors at Jones Funeral Home on Monday, August 14th from 6 - 8 pm. The funeral will be held Tuesday, Aug.15 at 9 am at Jones Funeral Home, followed by a burial at the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. Visitors are welcomed to join the family afterwards at Infant of Prague Parish Hall for light refreshments to celebrate Joe's life.
Donations can be made to the American Lung Association or to Infant of Prague's Rebuilding God's House fund.
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Gunner Graniero ALWAYS was a class act. As a sergeant at 2d Radio Bn in the late-80's, we all knew the Gunner and wanted to be near him because he loved his Marines. Here was this man with this incredible power and he used it for the betterment of his people. I wanted to do the same and be like him. Fair winds and following seas, Gunner. Much Love and Respect. CWO3 Mark H. LeTourneau USMC(Ret.)
Submitted by CWO3 Mark H. LeTourneau, USMC(Ret.) on Aug 16 2017 12:51:57 PM
So sad to have my baby brother pass, was always hoping to see him again..Jan & family, you are in our thoughts and prayers..Linda & Ken
Submitted by Linda Graniero on Aug 15 2017 12:49:47 AM
I am so sorry to hear of Joe's death. But what a legacy he leaves behind besides his exceptional USMC service, his wonderful children. Joe will never be forgotten. He will live forever in the hearts and memories of all the people who loved him, and those who knew him. Semper Fi Joe, Job well Done! Jan, Scott, Heather, Andy, & Emily, and their families, you are in my thoughts, and in my prayers.
Submitted by Valerie Shusko on Aug 14 2017 07:12:01 PM
I'm so sorry for your lose Janice, Love and prayers
Submitted by Cathy Biggs on Aug 14 2017 05:25:45 PM
Joe was a good man, a kind man. There are three things I know he cared for dearly - his Family, his Marines, and his Cubs! I only had the privilege of knowing Joe a very short time. But it was memorable - thanks Joe. To Joe's family, my condolences and may you find Peace in the Lord.
Submitted by Paul Dudley on Aug 14 2017 03:51:38 PM
Joe was always dedicated to MARSOC Marines, making sure they were trained and ready. He also cared immensely about his co-workers in the G-6 and in MARSOC. His smile, kind comments and stories of his love for his family and grandchildren will always be remembered. Thoughts and prayers are with Joe's family at this time.
Submitted by Julie Shambaugh on Aug 14 2017 03:33:06 PM
So many small moments, so many random conversations, so many Ghostbusters movie quotes. It was my pleasure to spend even the smallest amount of time. Condolences to the family, but know he will always be thought of fondly by so many.
Submitted by Clay Ballas and Family on Aug 14 2017 02:51:33 PM
Words cannot express the depth of my sorrow for your loss. Joe was one of the kindest persons I've ever met. Heaven has truly gained an angel. To the entire Graniero family, the Hunt/Todd family are praying for comfort. God bless you all.
Gerald Hunt and family.
Submitted by Gerald Hunt on Aug 14 2017 12:51:30 PM
There are no words to convey how tragic it is to have lost such a kind friend. Work will not be the same without his smiling face and friendly good-mornings. I miss you Joe. Rest peacefully.
Submitted by Donna Javaras on Aug 14 2017 12:38:18 PM
The Corps has lost a communications legend. Rest peacefully and condolences to your family. Those of us who served with him at II MEF know full well what he meant to the Carolina MAGTF.
Submitted by Pall Ziegenfuss on Aug 14 2017 10:14:31 AM
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