Joseph A. Stavola Jr., 78, of Danbury, died June 23, 2010, at Danbury Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was the widower of Josephine (Assad) Stavola.

Mr. Stavola was born Oct. 5, 1931, in Danbury, son of the late Joseph A. and Louise (Carlucci) Stavola.

He attended Danbury schools and graduated from Danbury High School, Class of 1949.

Mr. Stavola was a Korean War U.S. Army veteran.

He was a retired quality control inspector with Doran Bros., Inc. of Danbury,

Mr. Stavola worked for the family-owned and -operated former Mayflower Bar and Grille on North Street in Danbury and for many years at the Bard-Parker Company until its relocation to Canaan.

A lifelong Danbury resident, Mr. Stavola was a member of the Catholic War Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Korean War Veterans, Padanaram Hose Co. and St. Anthony's Maronite Catholic Church in Danbury, where he served as an usher at the 5 p.m. Saturday Liturgy.

He enjoyed duckpin bowling, visiting Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, and doing card tricks whereby he attained the nickname "The Wizard."

Mr. Stavola enjoyed making people laugh and being high on life.

Mr. Stavola is survived by a son, Joseph A. Stavola III, and his wife, Susan, of New Milford; a brother, John A. Stavola, and his wife, Joan, of Danbury; a special friend and companion, Fay Wong, of New Fairfield; three grandchildren, Mark, Travis and Kerri; and several nieces and nephews.

The Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home of Danbury was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 372 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.