Joseph Angelo Abene
November 17, 1934 – January 10, 2020
Joe Angelo Abene, born in Tampa, raised in Ybor City, lived here his entire life, passed away January 10, 2020.
One of Tampa’s pre-eminent machinist, he worked relentlessly to make a better life for his family. He is predeceased by his wife, Diana Abene; mother, Laura Ficarrotta Abene; father, Frank Abene; and his twin brother, Jack Abene. Joe is survived by his daughter, Jenny Abene Paloumpis (Tom); two grandchildren, Andreas and Laura Paloumpis and a large extended family.
Joe’s wake will be 5pm-7pm Tuesday, January 14th and his funeral will be 10am Wednesday, January 15th at Blount & Curry Funeral Home at Garden of Memories, Tampa.
Joe Abene was a loving father, husband, and grandfather. More than anything he valued hard work and providing for his family. My grandfather was a simple man, as denoted by what he valued and the title he gave himself. He was a machinist who valued his family and his work. While things may have been simple to him, they were complex to others. Fixing a crank shaft or making a wheel spin at the perfect rate to accelerate a car as fast as possible without spinning out? Simple. Rifling his own gun barrels and making every gun he crafted perfection incarnate, simple. Taking care of his family, his wife when she began showing symptoms of dementia? Simple. Joe Abene was a man who saw the right thing to do, the thing he wanted to do, and he did it. I will not say he was perfect, as no man can be, but he strove to do the right thing the right way. Nano always said to me “if you do something, do it right.” Nano lived by that, he honored his commitments and paid his debts.
It seems so simple to look back on who he was now, but it’s incredibly difficult to summarize his past. Sitting down two years ago, we talked about his life at length. From his time serving as a chef in the navy, to starting a automotive shop with his twin brother, Jack, to his upbringing in Ybor filled 15 handwritten pages. That wasn’t even half of his life. I could write and write and write, and nothing would sum it up. He was a mentor, a good man, and the hardest working person I’ve ever met. Joe, my Nano, empowered everyone around him to grow and be responsible for their actions. Never stop climbing, never stop making more of yourself.
- Tom Paloumpis, Active Pallbearer
- Andreas Paloumpis, Active Pallbearer
- Jack Sardegna, Active Pallbearer
- Jose Churruca, Active Pallbearer
- Joseph Abene, Active Pallbearer
- Morris Pryor, Active Pallbearer
- LifePath Hospice
- Visitation Tuesday, January 14, 2020
- Funeneral Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020
- Committal Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Joseph Angelo Abene
David & Marsha Guerra
January 16, 2020
Jenny & family
My deepest condolences in the loss of your Father and a man I am proud to call my friend. I'm sorry I didn't attend the services, but I just found out today of his passing. Joe machined my racing motors since the early 70's up until he closed the shop. I have always had the highest regard for his knowledge, precision and the pride he took in doing things the right way. He was always willing to share and show me anytime I had questions. He was a wizard with engines and I will always have fond memories of his unique talents. ONE OF A KIND and I will miss him. He was also a family man and was proud of all of you. I remember him and your Mom working side by side at the shop. Now they are together again. Our prayers for you and your family that all the great memories of him will ease your pain and sorrow in the days to come.
January 13, 2020
Jenny, Thinking of you and your family at this time. Cherish the momeries. Alice
January 13, 2020
Jenny, Tom, Andy and Laura,
I am thinking of all of you at this difficult time. I know how hard the past few years and months have been and admire your dedication and strength. May you find peace knowing you loved and were loved by a great man who lived a meaningful life.
January 11, 2020
Jenny, Tom, Laura and Andy,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are thinking of you all.
Maria, Bob , Nick and Alex