“Immaculate heart of Mary we place all our trust in you.”
Joe passed peacefully away on the 9th October in his own home surrounded by his loving family, aged 72 years.
The beloved husband of Janet. Much loved dad of Maria, Francesco, Giovanna and Chiara. Also a cherished brother, uncle and good friend. Joe will be so sadly missed by his family, his parish community and everyone who knew him.
Joe was born in the small village of Oppido Lucano, Potenza, Italy to proud parents Domenico and Maria Antonia. He came from a large family, one of eleven siblings. Bernadette, Maria, Michella, Nicola, Antonio, Guy and Gianna (all sadly now deceased) and survived by Donato, Bettino and Mimmo.
He went to school locally at the Scuola Elementare and then to Seminary in San Damiano in Umbria. He was a hard working and extremely bright pupil, in fact when he studied for his degree and teaching diploma he completed it in a year, when the normal period was four years! He also spent a year on Sicily doing his national service.
Life in the family home was a happy one, even though it was a very humble means of living. His parents were very hard working and the family had very little in terms of possessions, quite often there was very little food as well, one of his favourite meals was a piece of dry bread with a tomato!
In winter he loved to go on to the hill by the house and using a couple of pieces of wood, ski down the hillside. He loved playing football and watching films in the local village cinema. When a bit older he loved spending time with his friends, having a drink in the local bar, having a game of cards, while all the time looking for any work he could do. He had a real sense of humour and loved winding people up and playing jokes on people.
After moving over to England he met his wife to be, Janet in the White Lion in Weston. It was love at first sight, although he said that she was “too tall”! From that moment they were very rarely apart, spending most of their time visiting Janet’s relatives and going to Sherwood Forest where Janet spent a lot of her days when she was younger. They settled down to married life in Crewe, the home becoming a family home when the four children came along. He took a job at the Post Office in the main sorting office. He was offered promotion many times but always turned it down, saying he loved working with “the people” who made the job what it was.
Joe would still find time each year to go back to the village of his birth for a summer holiday, taking in a bit of sight-seeing and visiting the beautiful shrines to our lady. Plus a trip to the seaside too. He was a true family man, he loved spending time with the children, helping to teach and educate them about anything and everything. He was a loyal and valued member of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Crewe. In 1987 he began to lead a choir and play the organ every Sunday at 11am Mass with Janet, his wife. His favourite hymn was “Oh Holy Night”, which he played so beautifully and the family would often gather round to sing it together over and over again, until Father Jerome told them to stop!! He was dedicated to the church and the family will continue to lead the music in his honour, Joe told them not to stop! Also every year at Christmas he would prepare the crib for the church.
Joe loved to take days out on the train or bus, he also loved walking, reading and spending time in his garden. He loved watching the Tour De France and Giro d’Italia cycling races and would keep any eye on how Juventus were doing in Italian football league. He also loved eating a good pasta dish washed down with a fine red wine.
His family described Joe as a caring, kind, easy going, brave, fun loving, generous, creative, hardworking, unassuming, confident, dedicated and thoughtful man who would never accept sadness or negativity in any aspect of life. and they would like to thank everyone who has supported, visited and prayed for Joe over the last few weeks.
A requiem mass in celebration for the life of Joe will be held at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception RC Church, Crewe on Wednesday 30th October at 12 noon, followed by burial in the family grave in Crewe Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Joe will be gratefully received on behalf of the Lourdes Group.
“Sacred heart of Jesus we place all our trust in you.”
For any further information please contact our funeral home on 01270 58444.