Longtime Burbank resident Joe Marra died of lung cancer on Dec. 27 at his home. He was 83.
Born on Jan. 23, 1927, in New Haven, Conn., Marra lived in Burbank for the past 45 years.
Marra served in the Navy during World War II and before his retirement worked for ABC television as an electro-mechanical design engineer. After retiring 25 years ago, he became a dedicated volunteer every day school was in session at Stevenson Elementary School, helping students with math.
He was an avid cook, reader and conversationalist.
Marra is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mona; his children, Dominique Raymond; Aram; and Matt; and grandchildren Marley, Matthew, Benjamin and Juliana.
A celebration of his life will be held at a local restaurant in the near future. Donations in his memory may be made to the Burbank Temporary Aid Center.