Memorial Service for Joe Cupolo This Saturday at the NCMS

A memorial service for North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Director of Member Services for the eastern region of the state, Joseph Cupolo, III, is scheduled for Saturday, June 16, at 4 p.m. at the NCMS headquarters in Raleigh. If you would like to attend the service, please contact Evan Simmons at or 919-833-3836.

A GoFundMe page also has been started to assist Joe’s family with medical bills and other expenses. If you would like to donate in Joe’s memory, please visit

Joe passed away on Wednesday, May 23, after a brief battle with amyloidosis. He was 59 years old.

Joe, who started at the NCMS as Associate Director for Member Services in 2015, was respected for his friendly, low-key — yet persistent — approach to attracting new NCMS members, and was much admired for his eternally upbeat and positive attitude. He will be greatly missed by his NCMS family — both staff and the many physicians and physician assistants he came to know during his time here.

Family and a strong work ethic were important to Joe. As he said in his welcome article in the internal NCMS newsletter: “I grew up in a family of Italian bread bakers in Brooklyn, NY, and when I turned 3-years-old my dad decided that in order to spend more time with me, he would take me out with him on his delivery route. It was back then when my work ethic was formed since I can still hear Dad saying: ’Joey, if you want to eat, you have to work.’”

He began his sales career as part of his family’s bakery business eventually moving to corporate sales with Wonder Bread/Hostess Cake in New York City, ultimately becoming responsible for $25 million in annual sales and overseeing 10 branch managers and 100 sales reps.

Joe moved to North Carolina in 2007 and went to work as an account executive for Capitol Broadcasting and Curtis Media Group.

Along the way, he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology (he was pre-med) at Siena College in Albany, NY.

NCMS CEO Robert W. Seligson had this to say about Joe: “Joe Cupolo, also known as ‘Broadway Joe’ for his love of New York,  was one of the most kind, caring and thoughtful human beings that I ever knew. He was a dedicated, loyal employee whose strong work ethic set the bar for others to follow. He was a kind soul whose contributions to the medical profession will not be forgotten. He had a very positive outlook on life and showed incredible strength and resolve during his illness.”

Joe is survived by his wife, Lisa Ditta-Cupolo, and his daughter, Alexa Jensen, who just graduated from high school. He also is survived by his mother, Grace Cupolo, his sisters, Gina Provenzano and JoAnn Wallace, and brother, John Cupolo. Joe was predeceased by his father, Joseph Cupolo Jr.

Our condolences and sympathy go out to Lisa and Alexa and all of Joe’s family and many friends.


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