Joseph P. De Simone, who operated a neighborhood store, died Monday of heart disease at his home on Grindon Avenue. He was 75.
A mass of Christian burial for Mr. De Simone will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 3615 Harford Road.
He retired 13 years ago as maintenance man at the Stewart & Co. store on York Road, where he worked for about nine years.
Earlier, he worked at the Martin Marietta Corp. plant in Middle River, the Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. and the Bethlehem Steel Corp. tin mill at Sparrows Point.
From 1949 until 1961, he and his wife operated the Grindon Grocery at their home in Lauraville.
Mr. De Simone was a native of Fiuggi, Italy. He joined relatives in Baltimore in 1929 at the age of 14 and completed his education in the public school system here.
He served aboard merchant ships in the Pacific during World War II.
Mr. De Simone was a member of the Manresa Club and the Clifton Pleasure Club.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carmela Tenace; two sons, John G. and Frank A. De Simone, both of Baltimore; three daughters, Marian D. Elder of Monroeville, Pa., Carolyn D. Temple of Street and Regina D. De Simone of Baltimore; a brother, Michael De Simone of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.