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RHONJ star Joe Giudice calls estranged wife Teresa Giudice’s late father a ‘great man’ after his death

REAL Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice has continued to pay his respects to his late father-in-law, Giancito with a series of Instagram photos.

Teresa Giudice's father passed away Friday at the age of 76.

The exiled family man took to social media to remember his late father-in-law after receiving the sad news of his passing.

He shared a series of photos which gave an intimate look into the Italian's family life.

In one photo, Teresa stands between the two men in her life and in another, he remembered the time he and Teresa celebrated Giancito's birthday with his late wife, Antonia, at his side.

The 47-year-old also shared photos of family dinners, of Giancito and Antonia on vacation, and then a video of Giancito dancing the night away.

When news broke of GIancito's passing, Joe quickly posted a tribute.

Along with a picture of him and Giancito, he wrote: "Thank you for setting an example for us and my girls- you're an exemplary example. We benefited from it every day.

"Thank you for being a guiding light—your experiences and knowledge helped us navigate day-to-day challenges.

"Thank you for cooking at family holiday dinners—I cherish the times we all sat around the table together playing cards and listening to your remembrances of thanks. Thank you for your wit—your daughter got the best of that."

He ended the post with: "Now, Your heart and my dad are smiling in this tough time because they get to enjoy your good food and funny jokes. Cin cin  #rip #cincin."

Teresa announced that her father had passed away on Friday with a touching Instagram post.

The 47-year-old mother of four captioned a video collage of her dad: “My father, my protector, my hero, God took you early this morning to be with mommy, I saw you peacefully pass & I know you kept fighting for my daughters and I.

“I have so many amazing thoughts of you, every day seeing you in the kitchen at my home, teaching my girls to cook, my partner in crime on shopping trips, your love of the shore & my travel buddy.

"You always wanted everyone to have a good time, eat great food, have a stiff drink and enjoy life.”

She then thanked him for being the “best husband, father and Nonno.”

She ended the sweet post with: “Your devotion to mommy was one for the record books, you were the true example and a gentleman and devoted husband.

"You visited mommy every single day & would go twice for the days you missed while traveling or if you were too sick to go, my silver lining is knowing you’ll be together now. Thank you for showing us all what true love is. Love you Papa Rest In Peace.”

Teresa's brother, Joe Gorga, and his wife, Melissa - who is also in RHONJ - both paid tributes to Giancito, who appeared on several episodes of the show.

Teresa's dad has been in and out of the hospital for pneumonia in recent years.

He has helped Teresa raise her four daughters, Gia, 18, Gabriella, 16, Milania, 15, and Audriana, 11, while husband Joe was in prison for fraud.

He has also helped support Teresa and his granddaughters when Joe was deported to his native Italy, where he remains today.

Giacinto's wife, Antonia, passed away at age 66 from pneumonia in March 2017.

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