Joseph Michael “Giga” Lisa – July 10, 2020

Joseph Michael “Giga” Lisa, 96 of Hoboken, passed away in the early hours of Friday July 10, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

Born to Rose (nee Melissa) and Charles Lisa on December 13, 1924 in Hoboken, Joseph was a lifelong resident and well known in the community. He served his country in the US Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theater from 1943-46 and was proud of his service as a signalman on the USS PGM 19. After the war his work included General Lumber in Hoboken, as a building inspector for the city, and owning/operating Lisa’s on 10th Street. A man of many talents, he loved all styles of woodworking and carpentry, and found joy in working with his hands.

Joseph has rejoined his beloved wife, Angelina (nee Totaro) Lisa and his parents in the hearts of his family. His memory will be honored by his family including his dear brothers, Bobby Lisa and Johnny Lisa, his beloved sons, James Lisa and Michael Lisa, and his wife Annette, and his cherished grandsons, Michael J. Lisa and Jason Lisa.


For the safety of families and our staff, gatherings at Lawton-Turso Funeral Home will currently follow the latest guidelines as described here: 
  • All people attending must wear a mask while inside and around the outside of the funeral home. 
  • For safety, the number of attendees will be limited to 50 attendees at a time at the discretion of the management. 
  • All attendees must practice social distancing while paying their respects.
Visitation for Joseph will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Lawton-Turso Funeral Home from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Corner of Washington and Seventh Streets, parking available on Seventh). Funeral and burial private.
Lawton-Turso Funeral Home

16 thoughts on “Joseph Michael “Giga” Lisa – July 10, 2020

  1. My heartfelt condolences to you Michael, your brother James and all of your family…. I have fond memories of both your dad and mom that will always be in my heart… Peace Giga…

  2. Not only did he leave behind the beautiful Lisa Family but was Cherished by a slew of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews that adored him! Each and everyone of us had a special bond with him just our own, For me and my love for horses I will never forget how uncle gig and uncle harry built the inside of my Ten stall barn and the many weekends he would come to our farm in New Jersey and had us up all night laughing for hours, He always kind, always funny and always loved by so many of us!!

  3. What can I say, I will miss our phone calls, your special messages on my answering machine. Our family cake fights, the jokes, pranks etc. Your are leaving your neices, nephews, great neices and nephees heartbroken . The void in our hearts and family will never be filled. The boys loved all your stories about Hoboken, and shared your love of Sinatra. You are a legend and will live in our hearts firever.

  4. With heartfelt sympathy to James and Michael for the loss of their father! Giga lived a long and productive live. I will always remember Giga’s humor and generosity and support for all his family. Rest in Peace🙏🙏

  5. What cherished memories I have of this beautiful,loving,funny man.
    I thank God for all the years we shared both good & sad.
    I take great comfort in knowing that he knew how much he was loved & admired by his sister Marie & ALL her family.
    We have been so blessed to be a part of the amazing Lisa family, grandma,grandpa,7 talented handsome uncles, my Mom and her loving sister!
    💘 Such a great family, SO much love, SO much fun !!!

  6. His humor & kindness will be missed. Love to his Family. Rest In Peace uncle Gig it was a good ride – hugs to all your Brothers & Sisters up in heaven ❤️

  7. Our condolences to the Lisa family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    From all at Jim Lisa’s work family.

  8. We are so sorry for your loss and send out deepest sympathy and prayers.
    We are so grateful we all had the opportunity to let him know how much we loved him and share all the funny,crazy memories with him in December at his birthday party! (So lucky to be part of the great Lisa family ! )
    We regret not being able to be with you due to this dangerous coronavirus ,since our parents,Theresa,RoseAnn & Donna all have compromised immune systems.
    Later on we will be having a Mass & celebration of Uncle Gig ‘s life with our family & out friends who knew him . Take care ❤ God Bless!

  9. The Cotrone Family sends hugs and kisses.
    Uncle Giga we be missed. We loved his stories and sense of humor. .. Aahh the Pipe smell.. will be missed too. He did it all His Way! Love Robbie, Aileen and Liam

  10. My sincere condolences to the Lisa family on the loss of Joseph. May God Bless Giga and the whole Lisa family.

  11. What can I say about my brother Gig? He was one of the biggest pranksters ever! Like at my brother Charlie’s 16th b-day party when he dressed up as Frankenstein and scared the hell out of us. My oldest brother Mikey yelling “woman and children first” and he went running out the door and knocked my sister in-law Millie (who was pregnant at the time and knew about the prank) into the corner wall and her peeing her pants because she was laughing so much.
    Another time he put a woman mannequin on the toilet at the restaurant on 10th st with a pair of panties around her ankles and people opening the bathroom door and slamming it shut yelling ” Excuse Me!!” EXCUSE Me!!”
    Gig , we will never forget those wonderful times. We love you and will never forget you my older brother, that you were always there for me. Love you forever Bobby and Flo

  12. My deepest condoléances to you Michael and James and to. alll thé family may he
    Rest in peace. I Will always remember
    His great sence of humor and generosity.

  13. Uncle Giga, my greatest memories of you were going to 10th street……… getting together with the family and causing havoc with Michael , Mikey, Donna, Michael and Jamsey! You made us cry laughing with your jokes and shenanigans, the stench of your pipe still lingers in my memories, the greatest memories a kid could have. You were part of the greatest and bravest generation there is! You lived a rich full life that most would ask for.

    “Fair winds and following seas”

  14. Remembering the old days & all the good times with Gig & Angie. Sending condolences & love to the family, especially James & Michael. Sincerely, Felicia Cappadona

  15. James, Michael & Annette
    In this sorrowful time, we would like to extend to you our heartfelt condolences.
    Mona, Sal, Annette, Cindy, & Vito

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