Per an obituary for Joseph Cheshul:
- Joseph Cheshul, 86, lifelong resident of Bayonne, passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, at the Bayonne Medical Center. He was a retired Captain from the Bayonne Fire Department, where he worked for 24 years. During his high school years he was a 3-letterman in baseball, football and basketball. He served his country in the Navy during WWII. He joined the Navy boxing team during the war while serving on the carrier the USS Ranger. When he returned from military service in 1946, he entered the fight game - first as an amateur where he achieved great success capturing the New Jersey Golden Gloves Heavyweight Title; later as a professional fighter his record was 26 wins and only 5 losses. At the height of his career in 1949 he fought the great Joe Louis in a 10 round bout before 5000 fans at the Newark Armory. Joe was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. He also played football for the N.J. Pro's in the New Jersey professional football league, was inducted to the Bayonne Brotherhood Softball league hall of fame and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Star of the Sea Council #371, Bayonne. He is predeceased by his brothers, Edward and Walter Cheshul. Joseph is the beloved husband of 60 years to Eleanor (Dulko) Cheshul; loving father of Paul and his wife Liz, Joseph Jr., and Deborah Kevlin and her husband Michael; dear grandfather of Laura, Thomas, Michael, Alexandra and Jate; cherished brother of Loretta Kushnir; and also survived by his sisters-in-law, Ann and Clare Cheshul.