Farewell Uncle Joe

Tonight’s tribute is to a nobleman who lived a life that every human should strive to achieve. He was a man committed to working hard, leading and being a committed husband, father, son, and brother.

He was relentlessly selfless as though he existed to love and serve others.

He cherished his wife, Dolores, (Auntie) and provided for her as if she was a set of fine china. Gently keeping them from breaking and always perfectly safe to the best of his ability. He loved his 5 children, Joey, Mary, Linda, Nancy, and Lisa and all his son’s and daughter-in-law and grandchildren to many to count. (I love you cousins)

He loved and served others. 

He loved family. He loved parties, he loved to bake and cook. He loved to carry on customs of his Italian heritage. He was a teacher. He was always surrounded by youth, teaching them, not by preaching, but by leading by example. He worked side-by-side no matter the task.

He loved and served others. 

His passion was skilled trades first a machinist than a small business owner. I always thought of him as an innovator. He was a wise man, constantly thinking of the strategy to master his skill and provide for his family.

I am pensive tonight for two reasons.

First, I am not in town to celebrate his life with my cousins and family as they lay him to rest. Secondly, I am reminiscent of my relationship and all I learned from him.

He loved and served others. 

I was 14 years old when I had an opportunity to work along-side my Uncle. Just a kid, from Kenosha, innocent, inexperienced and insecure. Little did I know, he would become my mentor, someone who built my character, loved me and encouraged me to succeed. He took a great interest in teaching. A kind, gentle soul who always was a spiritual man honoring his beliefs while trusting in God through his faith in how he lived life.

He taught me to believe.

He taught me to work hard.

He taught me I could do anything I would set my mind to achieve.

He believed in me maybe at a time in my life when I didn’t believe in my self.

He loved and served me. 

I am forever grateful.

Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

Farewell, Uncle Joe.

I know as you look down upon us tonight, you have that positive can-do smile on your face. You loved and served us all and lead us by an example of your faith.

I’m celebrating your peace, reunion and being with Jesus.

Amen,

Your Nephew,

Johnny

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