Joseph D. “Little Joe” D’Annunzio, 86, who ran two family-owned, New Jersey-based heavy construction firms with key roles in major infrastructure projects in the Northeast, died in Naples, Fla., on Nov. 3. At his death, he was chairman of D’Annunzio & Sons, the $75-million Clark, N.J., contractor he co-founded with his sons in 1981. He also was CEO of a predecessor family firm that focused on utility and heavyconstruction projects. The firms’ work included cleanup of New Jersey’s first Superfund toxic-waste site and construction of large wastewater projects in Waterville, Maine, and Washington, D.C. With an MIT engineering degree earned in 1951, he first built runways in Morocco for the Army Corps of Engineers and a megasewer installation in Jersey City. D’Annunzio was a co-founder and past president of the National Utility Contractors Association and the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey, among other industry leadership roles.
Contractor Joe D’Annunzio, 86, Built Northeast Infrastructure
November 12, 2015