Community activist Joseph Paolucci died at his Santa Monica home Friday, October 15th. He was 61.

The Santa Monica City Council appointed Paolucci — who was disabled — to the city Disability Task Force and the Coalition for a Santa Monica Disabilities Commission.

Paolucci’s friend Jenny Scheer said Paolucci impacted hundreds of people locally as a volunteer for the Red Cross and homeless outreach programs — including the Upward Bound House.

“Joe was an amazing man. Although he suffered three strokes, he graduated from Santa Monica College with honors in 1998,” said Scheer.

Paolucci served two terms in Vietnam as a marine. While in combat, he sustained a gunshot wound that shattered his knee.

Despite suffering the knee injury, Paolucci played professional football for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1964, Scheer said.

Paolucci was born in Philadelphia in 1943. After his military tours and stint in football, Paolucci moved to Southern California in the early ’70s and worked as an independent contractor.

A memorial for Paolucci is scheduled at 5 p.m. Monday, November 1st, an hour before a Santa Monica Disabilities Commission meeting, at the Ken Edwards Center, 1527 Fourth St., Santa Monica.

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