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August 19, 2019

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August 14, 2019
Joes 95th birthday celebration, a great time was had by family and friends
August 14, 2019
It was our pleasure to have known Joes warm smile and caring heart ❤ You will be missed Camille & Ron
August 13, 2019
When my father walks into a room it becomes energized with his big smile and warm conversations. He is someone who exudes warmth and laughter. He has wisdom of many years and life experiences he used to advise and guide. His hard work ethic and desire to do right has many strive to be better than they thought they thought they could be. He is a person who always seeks out the finest attributes in other people. He wants to hear of everyone's experiences, revel in their lives, and celebrate their successes. My father always had a positive attitude and a compassion that has served him well throughout his years.

He was born on September 13, 1923. He first greeted the world in Brooklyn then in his childhood years grew up in Queens. He was the son of Salvatore and Filomena (Mamie) Mancusi. He adored his parents and loved spending time with his siblings Hank, Gracie, and Jimmy as well as his cousins, especially Freddie. After High School he went to Aircraft Mechanic School in Buffalo where he lived and learned to work on military planes. Soon after he entered the Air Force and quickly became a bombardier, paratrooper, and Second Lieutenant. After World War II he Married Mary and had two sons Salvatore and Anthony.

He opened a bar restaurant called the Owl Tavern at this time Kennedy Airport was called Idlewild Airport and my father's bar and restaurant was the only place close by to get good food, have a drink, and talk to Joe he was the ultimate host. Everyone loved to sit and chat with him. This is where he met my mom Louise who applied for a waitress position. She had two children from her previous marriage Diane (who passed away) and Paul. Their first date they went in my Dad's new shiny Cadillac (he loved new cars, especially Cadillac's) to the Chateau Le Mere and exchanged vows on June 13, 1959. They celebrated at "The Copacabana." After the wedding, they went away on their honeymoon to Miami, Florida. Soon together they had two daughters JoAnn and Sharon.

Our house was built for us in Dix Hills by his brother-in law Harry Daros. My father made a number of good friends during this early time in their marriage, including Betty, Bob, Millie and Tony, as well as the rest of the neighbors as each one moved into our exciting new neighborhood. Our household also included our favorite pets at the time Buster and my father's much loved collie King. Summers included gigantic weekend pool parties and winters skiing, snowmobiling and enjoying great times in our chalet in Andes, N.Y. One of my father's favorite past times was watching his trotters race at the track I C Paul and Full Count were his all-time favorite horses. He loved going away to new places like Caneel Bay, Virgin Islands where he would try new adventures such as scuba diving with his friend Charlie Emanuel and Lou Bellow.

In the 1980's my father and mother moved to Spring Hill and Hudson, Florida. This quickly became my father's favorite place. He loved the warm weather and the friends he knew form the bar and new ones he met there. After my mom passed he had his best pals to keep him company. The Boys he would have coffee with, a glass of wine, or espresso and sambuca with Jack, Bernie, Wally, Ronnie, Jerry, Howie, Joe, Ben, Hank, John, Gene, Tom, Dennis and all his teammates in the sportsman club and partners in pool tournaments. He was what they called the Mayor of Heritage Pines community. We would visit often and get to see how many people adored and cherished our father. This last year and half he needed more assistance, he lived with my sister Joann until his last few months. He was able to see and spend time with all of us and his dear friends Ronnie and Phil. We are all so very grateful to have this time to be able to see him even more. To have had the opportunity to spend time with him every day is a true blessing from God. He passed peacefully living a full life with family by his side.

In my father's long full life he had 6 children Paul, JoAnn, Sharon, and Anthony (2 passed Diane and Sal)
and 13 grandchildren (12 living and 1 passed my son Vincent).
August 13, 2019
We adopted Joe into our family in 2014 and shared many birthdays and Christmas dinners together. Joe will be missed by all who knew him and by those who were fortunate enough to have shared in his life.

Mark & Christine John
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