In memory of
Joseph Como, 77 Former Chief Clerk of the Supreme Court of New York, Richmond County Joseph Como, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, colleague and friend, passed away July 2, 2020 at the age of 77, after a brief illness. Joe served as Chief Clerk of the Supreme Court of New York, Richmond County, for over 10 years, retiring in 2015. His career in the courts spanned decades, including service in Manhattan and Brooklyn as well as Staten Island. Joe was born in Brooklyn and lived his entire adult life in New York City, apart from his time in the U.S. Army in Southeast Asia in 1968-69. He moved to Staten Island in 1978. An avid cyclist and longtime member of the Staten Island Bicycling Association, Joe was on his bike every day, rain or shine, summer or winter. While still working, he rode on long tours, biking across New York State and from Georgia to Maine, and after his retirement, cycled the length of the famed Route 66 and traveled by bike through the jungles and Andes Mountains in Peru. Joe was also a lover of opera and all kinds of music, and a lifelong NY Giants fan. He was a man of many interests, and could speak knowledgeably about countless topics, from history, literature and sports to political and current affairs among others. Joe is survived by his wife Jean, son David and daughter-in-law Karen, brother Leo Como and wife Donna, sister Angela Drozdoff and husband Matthew, brother-in-law Jack Langton and sister-in-law Patricia Brett as well as nieces and nephews Trepany, Jonah, Jesse and Peter Como; Laura (Como) Geertgens; Leo and Matthew Drozdoff; Anna (Drozdoff) Herbert; and many great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his youngest sister, Mary Langton, who died in 2018. Joe's generosity, kindness, strength, and wisdom will be sorely missed and forever remembered by his family and friends. A private family service was held on July 7th, and a memorial celebration of his life may be planned for a future date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to the Mount Sinai Health System (Manhattan) or to the American Cancer Society.
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