While he was still a boy, his family moved to Wilmington, where he attended St. Paul's School and Wilmington High School before graduating from St. Thomas Academy in Scranton, PA, where the family was then residing.
In 1941, Mr. Biden, while employed as a sales representative for Amoco Oil Company in Harrisburg, PA, married Jean Finnegan of Scranton.
During World War II, Mr. Biden was an executive in Boston, MA, of a war industry that supplied "plastic hulls," a special waterproof sealant, applied to all U.S. merchant-marine ships built during the war.
Following the war, he was co-owner of an airport and crop-dusting service on Long Island, New York.
In 1953 he moved with his family to the Wilmington suburb of Mayfield in Claymont, DE and returned to sales as manager for several Wilmington automobile agencies.
He then spent 15 years working in real estate condominium sales in New Castle County and in Rehoboth Beach for the Patterson-Schwartz agency.
Throughout his working life and during his retirement, Mr. Biden shared with his wife, his three sons and daughter, his ten grandchildren and his three great grandchildren a strong orientation to family life and personal integrity.
He valued his reputation as an honorable man and as a family man, and with his wife, he conveyed his values consistently to his children and their children. Both at home and in the business world, his word was his bond and he was proud of that.
Son of Joseph H. Biden and Mary Elizabeth Robinette Biden.
Husband of Jean Finnegan Biden.
Father of former U.S. Senator, former Vice-President, and the 46th President of the United States Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Valerie Biden Owens, James Brian Biden, and Francis W. Biden.
Catherine Eugenia Finnegan Biden
1917–2010 (m. 1941)
JOSEPH ROBINETTE SR.
NOVEMBER 13, 1915 - SEPTEMBER 2, 2002
CATHERINE EUGENIA FINNEGAN
JULY 7, 1917 - JANUARY 8, 2010