Joseph A. Cardamone, a retired naval materials technician, died of leukemia Wednesday at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. The Arnold resident was 77. Born in Brooklyn, NY., he earned an associate's degree in chemistry from Brooklyn College and worked for the Naval Applied Science Laboratory, also in Brooklyn. When the lab closed in 1970, Mr. Cardamone remained in his profession as a materials engineering technician at the David Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center in Annapolis. He retired in 1985 after working for the federal government for 34 years.
Mr. Cardamone was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Moose Lodge and the Order of the Sons of Italy in America.
"He was a deeply spiritual man," said his daughter Michele Cardamone Ramos of Columbia. "He could never say 'no' to anyone and always looked for opportunities to help people."
He was a member of the Pascal, Pasadena, South County and Arnold senior citizen centers, where he enjoyed line and ballroom dancing. He also helped with videotaping events.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 689 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park, where he was an usher, a member of a social committee and a Bible study participant.
In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Dorothy Dolan; another daughter, Rosemarie Cardamone of Arnold; and three brothers, Anthony Cardamone of Kings Park, N.Y., Frank Cardamone of Valley Stream, N.Y., and Michael Cardamone of Boca Raton, Fla.