José A. Barral

José A. Barral, “Joe”, 68, of Norwood, NJ, passed away on Friday, June 11, 2021. Devoted husband of Lynn (nee Mancision). Adored father of Diana Witkowski and her husband Edward of Northvale. Proud and loving grandfather of John and Angelina. Also survived by many other cherished relatives and friends.

Joe had just retired from T-Mobile where he was a Senior Director of Network Engineering and Operations. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Victories Church in Harrington Park and was an usher for many years. Besides his love of family, Joe loved traveling to Spain, where he was born and has family. He was inspired by watching home improvement shows, had a passion for baseball and was a huge Yankee fan.

Visiting hours are Monday 4-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 AM at Our Lady of Victories Church, Harrington Park with entombment to follow at Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah, NJ.

The Funeral Mass can be viewed through the livestream link below:

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the Friends of The Phoenix Center Foundation,


  1. My heart goes out to Joe’s beloved family as they move forward without their beloved patriarch. I’m comforted by the fact that his suffering is over and he lives on in them and watches over them all.
    Lovingly ,

  2. Lynn, Diana and family:

    We are so sorry for your loss.

    Diane and Mike Urban

  3. Dear Diana , Lynn and family , my heart breaks for you you. I oraye for you first peace, strength and faith that you will be reunited again with our Lord. Sending hugs and prayers, Colleen

  4. Querida familia los siento muchísimo mis padres yo y mis hijos os mandamos un fuerte abrazo y os acompañamos en el sentimiento los echaremos muchísimo de menos besos y mucha fuerza

  5. Cortney Spencer

    We are so sorry for your loss. We know how difficult it is to lose one so loved. Know that Jose’ is now held in the loving
    arms of our Lord. With our love, Cortney and Pat Spencer

  6. Patricia Maroño Medina

    Una estrella más en el cielo, te vamos a echar mucho de menos. Mis más sentido pesame para Lynn, Diana y toda la familia. Muchos besos y abrazos desde españa.

  7. Joseph Baldassarre

    Very Sorry to Hear of the Passing of José, Condolences to the Family. May he Rest in Peace

  8. Dear Lynn & Family,

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Joe.
    Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. He was such a wonderful Man. Loving husband, Dad and Grandfather. May you Rest In Peace. Joe.


    Donna & Jim Moran & Family

  9. Joe was a great man. The world needs positive strong and honest people like Joe. He was more like a father to many and a wonderful role model. My deepest condolences and blessings.

  10. Artie Klepper

    Joe was like a brother to me and I will miss him very much. He was truly a great guy. He loved his job, especially his team and he loved his family above all else. It’s not fair but it is God’s will. I will keep you in my prayers and in my heart.

  11. edward botteri

    Joe was truly one of the special people that a person could meet or know. If he was your friend he was your friend for ever. He loved his family above everyone else. He was proud of his accomplishments and worked almost to the very end. We had wonderful times together. He was not just my brother-in-law he was also my friend. I will miss him very much. Rest in peace, my friend.

  12. Alicia Maroño Nogueira

    Mi querido primo,estoy muy orgullosa de ti,doy gracias a la vida por tenerte en mi vida,echaré de menos tus llamadas,tus abrazos cuándo venías…..
    Siempre estarás en mi vida y en la de tú segunda madre,como tú le decias……..ella está rota de dolor…….nunca te vamos a olvidar….muchas gracias ….Lynn,Diana y familia,os queremos,y pronto vamos ir a veros…..

  13. Janine Griffin

    Joe was my boss…but he was not just my boss, he was my mentor, a father-figure and a friend. I was his ESS/Admin for more than 12 years. I spoke to Joe more than most of my family. Those good morning calls everyday that closed with, “ok, Kiddo…good job…” will be missed so much. I stood beside him as he grew and managed hundreds of people…he was a truly respected member of our company and especially our team. We spent years living through difficult and major changes in telecom and his focus was always his people…making sure he could save as many of us as he could. And he did. He fought for us over and over for years. Lyndon called Joe “the great communicator” and he truly was. Being his right hand and learning from him has been the honor of my career. I’ve never worked with a man so true and dedicated to his life and work. Lynn, Diana and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. We talked about many things over the years but he was never more proud of being a husband, father, grandfather and the patriarch of your family. And he was family to many of us, too. He was truly an inspiring, great man and I miss him already. Rest now, sir. See you on the beach…

    Janine Griffin & Family

  14. Jeanne Mancision

    I have loved my Brother-in-law, Joe for so many years. Lynn and Joe have been our buddies in crime and we spent many happy years vacationing and going on various adventures together. He loved my sister and God daughter very much and they were always first in his life. He was a kind and caring person, very bright, very talented and very highly-regarded.

    These last 14 months have been a nightmare for all of us that loved him. Although he struggled with all the speedbumps that came along, he endured such things with grace and always tried to comfort us!
    He was a star in the firmament and I will miss him very much. My heart is broken. RIP, Joe; no more pain

  15. Joe was truly a great man. I considered him a friend and mentor throughout our many years working together. Rest in Peace, Joe – you will be missed.

  16. Dear Lynn, Diana, family and friends,
    May Joe rest peacefully in the loving arms of Jesus and may your memories of him be a blessing and comfort to you. Our prayers will be with you all and I will keep the memory of Joe’s warm smile in my heart always. With love, kindness and prayers,
    Jane and Steve Gedeon

  17. Jeanne Mancision

    My brother-in-law was like a brother to me. I have loved him for a very long time. We spent much time together; traveling ,visiting and just enjoying life.
    His early passing is such a shock for all of us. I comfort myself in knowing that I told him very often that I loved him, that I was proud of him. I am so glad it did that. I have no regrets re words unspoken. We will always be there for Lynn and Diana. RIP, my dear pal. No more pain.

  18. Lyndon & Jennifer Forde

    Dear Lynn and Diana,

    Words cannot express how our hearts are aching right now. Joe will be missed tremendously. While there is no way we can feel your pain, we hope that you feel comfort in knowing that his love for you will always be there and we are here for you.


    Jennifer & Lyndon

  19. I was so saddened to hear the shocking news regarding José passing. My heart goes out to the family and friends at this time of grief.

  20. I worked with Joe, my entire career, and he was a friend, a mentor, a confidante and father figure. I’ll miss the 2am phone calls while he was driving in to the office for a hurricane. The random calls just to check on me. The hour long calls abut Spain and the grandkids and Lynn and Diana .. I’ll just miss him!

    I had just told him the day he retired that I credited a lot of my success to him and his guidance….

    You will be missed!

  21. Michele and Paul Harencak

    Lynn, Diana, Ed, family and friends,
    Dana, Kurt, Nicole, Jerry, Michele and I want to extend our deepest sympathies on the passing of Joe.
    Joe was such a pleasure to know and be around- always a warm smile and so personable. We were heartbroken upon hearing the news and trust that you find peace in knowing he will always be in your hearts. Joe will also be remembered as our friend and we will miss him. Rest in Peace, Joe.
    The Harencak Family

  22. Patrick A Beckford

    To the family of Joe, please accept my deepest condolences. Working with him for years At Teterboro location he was such a pleasant person. I will miss yelling “Morning Joe and his response Hood Morning Patrick” as we are usually the first in the building. Each Friday for lunch he would take kinonies to my queue. I was shocked to learn of his passing.
    He truly lived the greatest commandment “loving God and neighbor as self.
    May his soul rest in eternal peace and light perpetual shine on his soul.
    To the family take heart your husband/dad and family did well with all whom he contact with via work and community honor him by doing likewise

  23. My heart aches so much for you, Lynn and Diana.
    I know how much he loved you both and those precious babies. John and Angelina were truly his pride and joy.
    When I think of how long I have known Joe, I realize that there will be a huge void and that really hurts.
    Joe was the kind of person that would do anything for you. He was always willing to help those he cared for.
    I will miss him very much.
    Love to you, Lynn and Diana.
    Eternal peace, Joe…

  24. Marguerite Pellegrino

    Tom and I were so sad to hear of Joe’s passing. Lynn, you have been a pillar of strength all these months. We could all learn from your example.
    The times we spent with you and Joe were always so much fun and we will cherish those memories forever. I just wish there could have been more.
    Lynn, I’ll call you when the time is right.
    Marguerite and Tom Pellegrino

  25. Jeffrey M McDaniel

    I was saddened to hear of Joe’s
    passing. Joe lead an incredible life
    as well as being an incredible person. I worked with Joe for ten
    years at Sprint. I always found him
    to be open minded, innovative and never pretentious. To Joe every new idea had to be discussed and if
    found plausible, implemented.
    Joe will always be in the hearts and minds of the family and friends who privilege knowing Joe.

  26. Dear Lynn & Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. For me Joe was one of those special boss’s that bridged friendship and understanding with hard work and high expectations. In my mind he was a very decent man and a superb individual. I will miss him, as will many.

    Once again my condolences.

  27. patrick foley

    During your lifetime I think there’s a hand full of people who come into your world and really make a difference. Joe was one of those people. His authenticity and genuine concern for people was evident from the moment you met him. I worked with and for Joe for many years and I always felt like he was my friend, mentor, father figure and confident. I admired and respected him because of the way he treated me and everyone else around him. I am crushed to hear of his passing! Our world is indeed a darker place without his indelible spirit. I feel blessed to have known Joe and I’m so thankful for his impact on my life and my family. His wisdom was priceless and I will miss him terribly.

    “I never said most of the things I said” Lawrence Peter Yogi Berra

    RIP my Friend and enjoy your Heavenly retirement

  28. Dear Lynn, Diana and family. I am deeply saddened for your loss. I worked with Joe at Telenet in 1981 thru 1998. Joe was alway a wonderful and caring person. He will be truly missed by all the lives he touched. I wish you peace and strength in this very difficult time. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND.

  29. Keith Patterson

    Joe leadership was the reason my career was successful. God bless you sir.

  30. Jeffrey M McDaniel

    I was saddened to hear of Joe’s
    passing. Joe lead an incredible life
    as well as being an incredible person. I worked with Joe for ten
    years at Sprint. I always found him
    to be open minded, innovative and never pretentious. To Joe every new idea had to be discussed and if
    found plausible, implemented.
    Joe will always be in the hearts and minds of family and friends who had the privilege knowing Joe.

  31. I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Joe. He was a great inspiration to many of us that had the pleasure of working with him. It is hard to believe how fast thirty years can pass. Prayers and condolences to his family and friends.

  32. Thomas Williams

    God speed Joe. My prayers and thoughts with his family. I am thankful to known him for over 34 years. He took a chance on me and helped me with my career like no one else. I can not express the lost that I feel and how thankful for his help and friendship. His legacy through his family and friends will be there for many years to come. I know I will never forget him.

  33. I’m so sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. I worked with him for many years and, besides the honor of considering him a friend, I want you to know that he was widely respected, admired and loved. He was a talented leader, a gifted mentor, kind, compassionate and always able to find the positive in any situation. The world is a better place for having had Jose in it, thank you for being the family that inspired him and that he loved so much. You have my most sincere condolences.

  34. Denise Carney

    Joe was a wonderful person and manager. We worked together over MANY years and when I was on his calls the last few, he really was like a dad, sharing his wisdom and caring with his team just like a father would. My heart breaks for his family to lose him at this time of life. I’m sure the memory of his life will be a blessing to all once the sorrow eases.

  35. I was so saddened to hear the news of Joe’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with Joe for many years and am a better person for all of his kindness, career advice and true friendship. Joe was a remarkable man who loved life and his family dearly, and was beyond proud of his family. May all of your cherished memories comfort and guide you through this very difficult time. Rest in peace my friend.

  36. Gary Marquart

    Joe, You have a beautiful family. Rest in peace and we will see you on the other side.

  37. Armando Nogueira Naveira

    Mi más sincero pésame a la familia. Que Dios lo abrace en el cielo. Un abrazo con cariño.

  38. I am so shocked to hear of Joe’s passing. He was a friend, and a mentor during my tenure at Sprint. We worked side by side in Teterboro every day. He was fair, honest and his integrity was top notch. Even after I parted ways with Sprint, Joe and I kept in touch and would occasionally have lunch together. It is such a loss of a good man, husband, father and grandfather.

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