Joseph C. Volpa, 88; ran farm

Joseph C. Volpa
Joseph C. Volpa
Posted: May 30, 2014

Joseph C. Volpa didn't have to wake before dawn to milk any cows, but his vegetable farm in Sicklerville still got him onto the road before the summer sun was over the horizon.

"He had already made his trip to Yeadon, to the A&P, to deliver his onions and he'd be back by 5:30 to start the workers" into his morning fields, Mr. Volpa's son Edward said.

Mr. Volpa stopped farming in his 40s, his son said, only because "he couldn't get anybody to work" out there with him.

On Saturday, May 24, Mr. Volpa, 88, who helped run the Monroe Savings Bank in Williamstown, died at Virtua Marlton, the regional medical center, after choking on food.

Mr. Volpa farmed mostly onions, sweet potatoes, and peppers on his family's 26 acres and on 30 to 40 acres across the road from his home, Edward Volpa said.

"Even after he retired," he said, his father "had a gigantic garden and would feed the whole neighborhood."

Mr. Volpa graduated from what is now Overbrook Regional High School in Pine Hill and fulfilled his military obligation as an Army telephone lineman.

He became a supervisor for the Camden County Soil Conservation District in the 1960s and retired from that job in the early 2000s.

Mr. Volpa was a member of the board of directors at Monroe Savings from 1970, retiring as chairman of the board in 1999 and continuing as director emeritus.

A member since the 1940s of the Sicklerville Fire Company, which his father had helped found in the 1920s, Mr. Volpa was for a time its chief. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

In addition to his son Edward, Mr. Volpa is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean; another son, Peter; a brother; and two grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 29, and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 30, at the Bell-Hennessy Funeral Home, 420 S. Main St., Williamstown, before a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Mary's Church, Main Street and Carroll Avenue, Williamstown, with burial in Sicklerville United Methodist Cemetery.

Donations may be sent to the National Kidney Foundation, 111 S. Independence Mall, Philadelphia 19106.

Condolences may be offered to the family at

610-313-8134 @WNaedele

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