Joseph was a member of the Minquadale Fire Company.
Joseph W. Hojnicki, Sr. served in the US Navy during World War II. He made his career as Director of Operations for Spitz Space Systems, retiring after 39 years. Joe was a member of the Minquadale Fire Company for 68 years and served as an officer for 56 of those years. He was elected President, Chief and a member of the Executive Board and was awarded the title of Chief Emeritus and President Emeritus by the Minquadale Fire Company membership. Joe was a past President of the New Castle County Volunteer Firefighter's Association. Mr. Hojnicki was the first recipient of the New Castle County Volunteer Firefighter's Association Sonny Wilkins Longevity Award in 1990, was the recipient of the New Castle County Firefighter's Association Firefighter of the Year and the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter's Association Firefighter of the Year. In 1985, he was elected to the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter's Association Hall of Fame. As part of the committee that established the Delaware State Fire School, Mr. Hojnicki served as an instructor for many years. He was also an honorary member of the Holloway Terrace and Wilmington Manor Fire Companies. Within Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Joe served on the Parish Council and as an Usher. At the time of his death at the age of 88, Joseph W. Hojnicki was survived by his wife of 63 years, Irene S. Maciejewski Hojnicki, sons Joe and Michael; daughters Patricia Addison and Diane Thompson, brother William Skibikcki, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Joseph W. Hojnicki was laid to rest in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, Delaware.