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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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
Joe was a great friend to me in the Marine Corps. He will be missed by so many, as he touched many lives. I am so sorry for your loss Jan and family. You are in my thoughts. Joyce Hewitt Lungstrom
Submitted by Joyce Lungstrom on Aug 14 2017 09:04:07 AM
I am so sorry to hear about Joe's passing. I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Joe at MARSOC. He was truly one of the nicest people I have ever met. Never a time you would pass him in the hall that he would not greet you with a smile. He never failed to take the time to thank his "HR Ladies" for what we did every day. However, he made it easy, it was always a pleasure to work with him. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family. His presence will surely be missed.
Submitted by Rebekah Logan on Aug 14 2017 08:45:58 AM
Janice, I am so sorry for your loss. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers.
Submitted by Stacey Thompson on Aug 14 2017 08:26:55 AM
Very sad to hear the news of Joe's passing. The entire USMC comm community, past and present, mourns our loss. My thoughts and prayers to his family for whom he cared dearly. He was hands down the most respected and revered comm guy in the Corps. I'm positive his xmit and receive are 5x5 from his current pos. Rest easy my friend. Semper Fi Joe.
Submitted by Col Paul Miller, USMC Retired on Aug 13 2017 10:57:58 PM
Johnny and Donna Winkler lit a candle for Brian Joseph "Joe" Graniero
Johnny and Donna Winkler lit a candle on Aug 13 2017 08:31:45 PM
Remember when I met Joe. The surprise USO dinner show and the room he donated after it. I'm so sorry for your loss❤
Submitted by Laraine. Humiston on Aug 13 2017 04:02:39 PM
What a life you've had, Sir. God bless your family as they will be missing you. I pray they know peace and strength that only God can give, and that cannot be explained. Thank you for your great service to our country. -Kevin & Sheryl Helmick & family
Submitted by Kevin Helmick on Aug 13 2017 04:00:18 PM
I am greatly saddened to hear of Gunner Graniero's passing. I had the privilege to serve with him in 2DRADBN. He was a phenomenal leader and a textbook Marine. I was proud that he was the Marine to pin on my sergeant's stripes.
To his family, he talked about you often and with great pride. Thank you for sharing him with the Corps. God bless and Semper Fi.
Submitted by Lynn "Woody" Woodworth on Aug 13 2017 03:47:11 PM
Met Joe in 1977 @ Corry station. In fact, he was staffing the duty desk when I presented w orders and was the first Marine I talked to after boot camp. I recall he stated I needed a hair cut.
I well remember him as a sincere and caring patriotic young man, and tho we did not stay in touch and I did one tour and out, his 34 years and CWO5 is a lasting tribute to those values I saw all those years ago.
To his surviving family, Joe meant much in the lives of many people he encountered over the arc if his life. Very and truly so sorry for your loss. Semiper Fi.
Submitted by Steve Yost on Aug 13 2017 02:40:00 PM
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