REGINALD JOSEPH "JOE" HATCH JR. was born in Camden, New Jersey on November 4, 1931 to Reginald J. & Florence May Wheeler Hatch. He was an only child. The 1930 Census shows his parents at 146 Eutaw Avenue in East Camden, and that his father worked at one of Camden's textile mills as a stationary engineer. By 1935 the family had moved to 1425 Ormond Avenue in Camden's Parkside section. The family was still there when the Census was taken in 1940. By this time Florence Hatch's widowed mother, Mrs. Anna Wheeler, was living with the family. The Hatch family remained at 1425 Ormond Avenue into 1943, then moved out of the city. 

Joe Hatch served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He returned to New Jersey where he served for almost 20 years as a deputy with the Camden County Sheriff's Department.

Joe Hatch married Rita DelConte. The marriage produced four children, sons Reginald and Michael, and daughters Diane and Donna. After retiring from the Sheriff's Department Joe and Rita Hatch moved to DeLand, Florida in 1994 where he was active with the local VFW Post.

Joe Hatch passed away on April 8, 2015 in Florida.

About Joe Hatch

One of the best guys I ever knew passed away. He was a co-worker of my dad's on the Camden County Sheriffs Department. And, a great friend my mine after his retirement down here in Florida. He was a member of my VFW post here in DeBary Florida and the Captain of our Honor guard for many years. 

As many of you know Joe (Reggie) Hatch ran the Grand Jury room in Camden County for many years. He ran "interference" for a lot of cops in the county that screwed up and missed going to court. 

He also signed my dad's "PBA Silver Life Membership" in PBA Local #208 when he was president of that local in 1977. 

During the riots of 1971 in Camden when I and my partner, Gary Miller, were suspended from the Camden PD, for starting the riots for killing a guy. Joe Hatch organized his guys from the Sheriff's Department (on their own time) to protect my mom & dads house on Cambridge Street for five straight nights with shotguns after the Courier Post newspaper printed my dad's address in the newspaper. The word on the street was that the rioters were going to burn our house down! The rioters burnt down a lot of Camden in the four days of the riots. Joe Hatch made sure that didn't happen to our house.

I will never forget Joe Hatch. He was everything you could ever want as a "brother" and a friend. I loved that man...

If you are a cop, Joe was your brother! You didn't need to know Joe personally, you just need to know that Joe was a "cop" that cared about his brothers in law enforcement and in the military. His wife and family should know that we, that wore the uniform recognized his life, as he recognized his brothers. Joe made sure that every veteran, and ever cop, that died in central Florida was honored at their funeral with full military honors for many years. 

Warren "Larry" Worrell
April 10, 2015

Daytona Beach News-Journal * April 9, 2015
Daytona Beach, Florida

Reginald Joseph Hatch, Jr.

Reginald Joseph Hatch, Jr., 83, of DeLand died Wednesday, April 8, 2015. 

He was born on November 4, 1931 in Camden, New Jersey; the son of Reginald and Florence (Wheeler) Hatch. Reginald served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He served as a Sheriff's Deputy in Camden for nearly 20 years prior to retiring to Florida in 1994. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church of DeLand, and the DeBary VFW Post 8093. Survivors include his wife of 41 years Rita (Delconte), sons Reginald Hatch, and Michael Bricketto, daughter Diane Pennea, grandchildren Michael Pennea, Christopher Hatch, and Christina Bricketto, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and daughter Donna Hatch. Visitation will be held Friday, April 10, 2015 from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. at Deltona Memorial Funeral Home, Orange City. Mass will begin at 12:00 P.M. at St. Peter Catholic Church, 359 W New York Ave, Deland. Entombment will following in Deltona Memorial Gardens, 1295 Saxon Blvd., Orange City. In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations be made to the American Cancer Society in his honor. .  

A Few of the Many Comments in Joe Hatch's Guestbook

Grand Jury Joe as he was called by many of us. He took care of all the police officers who had problems with timing for a hearing. To the Hatch family, Rita. Frank Upshaw said it best. R.I.P. Joe Hatch

~ Jack Stinsman, Melbourne, Florida

My condolences to the Hatch Family. Joe was and honorable officer and gentleman. I appreciate his brotherhood especially those phone calls reminding me I had grand jury. It was always a pleasure to sit there and talk to Joe. Rest in Peace Sir.

~ Lou Hannon, Camden PD

I'm just one of the legions of local cops Joe cared for and, in his way, helped mentor. Together with his lovely wife Rita they were always just beautiful people. Thank-you, Rest in peace. Bless you Rita.

~ Lou DiRenzo, Camden PD (Ret.), Florida

Joe was a great guy, he was a true friend to his fellow Law Enforcement officers. My sincere condolences to his family.

~ Anthony Saponare

My condolences to Joe's family. I knew Joe from grand jury, I was a Camden Police Officer at the time. Joe always looked out after us when we were late and would call to remind us we were due in grand jury. He was very professional and well liked by all, RIP my friend you will be missed by all.

~ Oscar Milbourne, Kittrell, North Carolina

Our sincere sympathy to Rita (of which I worked with at the Police Academy) and the entire Hatch family. I had the honor to know Joseph well enough to call him "Joe" and the was a privilege. I will remember his smile and congeniality as he was certainly a "Cop's cop."

~ Charles Kocher, Collingswood, New Jersey.