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Joseph Amaru

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WAKE FOREST — Joseph Amaru, 94, loving husband, father and grandfather, died Nov. 8, 2020 at his home following an extended illness.

He was the son of Orazio and Angelina L. Amaru, both Italian immigrants.

Joe was born in New York where he practiced law for 30 years prior to his move to North Carolina. He obtained both his undergraduate and law degrees from St John’s University. He served in the Navy from 1944-1946 on the USS Lake Champlain.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; son, Joseph Jr.; brothers, Santo and Vincent; and sister, Marion Barry.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Carol Fisher Amaru; daughters, Susan Demsey (Michael), Cynthia McKay (Tom) and Ava Abbati; daughter-in-law, Amy Amaru; and sons, Simeon Amaru (Valarie) and Gerald Bland (Paula).

A private family burial will be held Friday, Nov. 19, at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.