September 10, 1938 – June 10, 2018
Born in Brooklyn, NY of Italian immigrants, Giuseppe and Giacomina Mingari, Joseph Mingari served in the US Air Force and became a professional firefighter serving on the North Plainfield Fire Department from 1960 until retiring as Captain in 1982. He also served on the North Plainfield Rescue Squad during that time. He attended The National Fire Academy in Maryland, and received an Associates degree from Ocean County College. He became a NJ State Certified Fire Training Instructor, teaching classes for many years throughout NJ & NY. Working for the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, he retired from public service in the mid 1990s as Director of Fire Service Training.
Living his retirement years in Bayville, NJ, he continued to enjoy his many hobbies which included photography, home-video editing, music, fishing, gardening, exercising, bike riding, cooking, taking in a good Yankees game, and spending time with family and friends. Throughout his lifetime he always had a camera close at hand, capturing so many wonderful moments with his keen artistic eye for composition and light, for which he took first place in the Kodak International Snapshot Awards. He enjoyed a good swing dance at a wedding, leisure travel around the northeast, and destinations such as Italy and Hawaii. Far and wide, Joseph will be greatly missed by so many who knew and loved him.
Joseph passed away at Leisure Park Nursing Home in Lakewood, NJ and is survived by his former wife Edith Margaret Mingari, daughter Lisa Ann Mingari-Brophy and her husband Thomas; son Joseph James Mingari; son Michael Thomas Mingari and his wife Nancy and their two children Ella and Andrew; sister MaryAnn Courtney and her children: Jacki Hundertpfund & her son Alex, Jimmy Courtney, Debi Courtney & her daughter Ava.
In memoriam, donations may be made to the following: 1.) National Fallen Firefighter Foundation PO Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 2.) St. Barnabus Burn Foundation 94 Old Short Hills Rd Ste. 1, Livingston, NJ 07039
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June 13, 2018
dear family, i am remembering joe as a neighbor and friend living on somerset st in north plainfield,living in the same housing apts. my daughter sherry and lisa friends growing up and still are even tho sherry is living in oregon for many years now.. we always would see joe coming and going, i remember him to be so friendly. always a smile and good natured and loved all the kids that played in the backyard there. when joe and his family moved south ,joe still worked in north plainfield and would pick sherry up for the weekend,take her to their home so lisa and sherry could visit , stay in contact and keep their friendship.. i know joe will be missed by everyone...
June 12, 2018
I am so ever thankful to have had you in my life. You were a blessing to so many. You have left so many good and happy memories – those of which will follow into eternity. To MaryAnn, Edie, Lisa, Joey and Michael – and to all your family, my heartfelt sympathies on the loss of a truly accomplished and compassionate man… “Ciao!”