NYC Honorary Street Names
Dean Christopher DeSimone Way (Bronx)
Location:222nd Gibbon [Givan?]Avenue and Baychester Avenue
Honoree: Dean Christopher DeSimone was the proprietor of Bronx County Collision, Inc., an auto body repair business started by his father. On March 21, 2002, DeSimone was robbed and murdered by two men.
Edward DeSimone III Corner (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of Gerritsen Avenue and Avenue R
Honoree: Edward DeSimone III (b. 1964) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Joe DeSimone Way (Bronx)
Location:At the intersection of Middletown Road and Stadium Avenue
Honoree: Joseph Thomas DeSimone (1955-2020), born in the South Bronx, attended Blessed Sacrament School and Cardinal Hayes H. S.. He was a gifted athlete and from childhood filled his days with basketball, football, and baseball. Joe took his passion for youth sports to Cardinal Spellman H.S., where he coached both junior varsity and varsity football, leading his team to two A Division City Championships in 2006 and 2008 and joining the Catholic High School Football League Board of Governors. In 2015, he returned to the Warriors, and served three more years as League President. He also initiated a free youth training clinic, open to all children of the community. Each spring, more than 100 children participate in this free program , dedicated to ‘taking children back outdoors for fitness and fun.In 2018, he was inducted into the Spellman H.S. Hall of Fame, honored for his years of youth mentorship. In 2019, he was honored by the Morris Park Community Association for his lifelong involvement with Little League baseball and football in the Bronx. On 9/11, he was at the World Trade Center performing search and rescue efforts with his team from Con Ed, working for weeks on 16-hour shifts. In 2006, Joe was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. In 2008, the family had organized its first Team DeSimone for the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Lymphomathon. Over the next 12 years his family and friends helped raise over $100,000 to find a cure in Joe’s honor, and in 2018 were recognized with the LRF’s Marnie Gordon Founder’s Award. (Gjonaj)
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