Alaskey, Joseph Francis III GREEN ISLAND Joseph Francis Alaskey, III died peacefully in his home, with his brother by his side on February 3, 2016, in Green Island, at the age of 63 after a strong battle with a short illness. Joe is survived by his brother John Ned Alaskey, his beloved nieces and nephews and his dearest friend and cousin, Mark DeSorrento. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph F. Alaskey, Jr., Domenica "Dorothy" DeSorrento DeLuca, and his sister JoAnne M. Valente. Joe was born April 17, 1952, in Troy. Joe was raised in Watervliet. He graduated from La Salle Institute, and attended Siena College. After moving to Los Angeles, he began working steadily as a comedian, impressionist, and actor, and won an Emmy for his work as the voice of Daffy Duck. He was known to his fans as "The Man of a Thousand Voices," and is remembered by loved ones as a kind, quick-witted man who brought laughter and joy to every room he entered. Joe was an accomplished artist who excelled in almost every medium. A director, writer, actor, and cartoonist, he leaves behind a large body of work. He was a talented individual who loved nostalgia and was passionate about classic TV and radio shows. He was an avid comic book collector, loved reading, and authored several published books. More of his work will continue to be released. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet, on Monday, from 4-7 p.m. The funeral service will follow the wake at 7 p.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Sandy McGowan officiating. Joe's ashes will be interred on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Watervliet. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Joe's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Please Remember Me (to assist our veterans), c/o Gene Loparco, 22 Furlong Dr., Albany, NY 12205 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or stjude.org. The family would like to thank Susan Cavanaugh McCabe, Community Hospice and Dr. Numan Rashed for their compassionate care and dedication to Joe. Condolences can be sent to ParkerBrosMemorial.com.
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