Joseph John Messina

October 27, 1927March 25, 2021

Joseph J Messina, 93, died March 25, 2021. A native of McKeesport, PA he had resided in Tampa, FL since 1975. A navy veteran of World War II, he was a graduate of Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. and a retired Sales Manager for the Burlington Northern Railroad. He was a Life Member of Tampa Elks Lodge No 708, Past Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus Council 8612, Past President of Egypt Shrine Band, member of Egypt Shriners, Holyrood Lodge No 257 F & AM and American Legion Post 152. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years Audrey I Messina, son Kenneth J Messina, daughters Barbara A Plourde (spouse Steve Plourde), and Cynthia M Gutierrez ( spouse Juan F. Gutierrez), six grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, his sister Gloria A Lewis of Boston, MA, one niece and one nephew. Funeral services to be held at Incarnation Catholic Church and burial at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.


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David Simcoke

March 29, 2021

Joe Messina was my Uncle on my father’s side. He married my father’s (Verne Simcoke) sister Audrey. When I turned 16, my father (Verne) passed away suddenly at the age of 45 in 1968. After his death, I needed someone to teach me how to drive and take me for my driving test. Uncle Joe stepped up, took me under his wing and took care of that. When he took me the first time for my drivers test, I failed the test and he had to teach me some more. The second time I was successful. I will always remember the time he spent with me during that difficult period after my father’s passing.

As a child my family which included my father (Verne), my mother (Helen) and my brother Paul always enjoyed spending time with Uncle Joe, Aunt Audrey and cousins Kenney, Barbie and Cindy when we all lived near each other in Pittsburgh, Pa.

I remember a time when both of our families rented a cottage one summer on Lake Erie in Erie Pa. One day I tried to go fishing with my cousins on the pier near the cottage. This was my first attempt at fishing as a child. I went to cast out my line. I swung my rod back and when I went to cast it forward it got caught on something behind me. I turned around and there was Kenny caught on my line, hook worm and all. That was all I managed to catch that entire day LOL.

I will always cherish these memories.