Joseph P. Nicosia of Corfu became an eye and tissue donor upon his passing on December 23, 2015.

His family shared this remembrance.

Joe loved spending time with his family. He loved when the kids and their friends filled the house – they played games into the evening hours. He was proud of his children and what they had accomplished. He knew all three of them had a bright future ahead of them. 

Joe was a strong and healthy man. He was born February 25, 1960 to Emmanuel and Katherine Nicosia and was the youngest brother to MaryJo, David and Debra. He was husband to Patti; father to Joey, Michelle, and Eric; brother-in-law to Larry, Scott and Robin, Gail and Stephen, and Peggy and Patrick. He was uncle to many nieces and nephews and great uncle to even more. Joe was a loyal friend to many!

He loved his daughter-in-law Kim and was extremely excited for the addition of his future son-in-law Mike. One of his most treasured stories was of the day Mike approached him to ask if he could marry his baby girl Michelle. His pride in his family also became evident when his son Eric enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Joe looked forward to Eric’s many trips home where they once again were together as a family. 

Joe was a guy with a great sense of humor – he loved to laugh and loved to make people laugh, mostly at the expense of his wife Patti. He was always the first one to help a family member or friend in need.

Joe loved to go on Harley rides with his wife Patti and their friends Scott and Nancy, Don and Jackie, and Bob and Luanne. He enjoyed the camaraderie of the group and looked forward to planning the trips for the future rides. He especially loved the back roads and new scenery discovered.

Joe loved the winter too. One of his favorite things to do with his friends (Dan, Frank, Tom K., Tom M. and many others) was to travel to Tug Hill each winter for their annual snowmobile trips. Some years would include new riders but it was always a great crew hanging out riding. Joe and his son Joey decided to buy some property together in Tug Hill where they put a small cabin up on that property and spent many weekends talking about what the future would hold for them there. All cabins need a name and Joe would be thrilled to know that his was named “Big Joe’s Cabin” in his memory. 

Joe worked as a heavy equipment operator at Northeast Diversification – he loved his job and loved his coworkers. He was a hard worker and enjoyed talking about his jobs completed – he was proud of his work and loved to talk about it. 

Joe was a man of integrity. He became a donor on December 23, 2015 - the day he died unexpectedly. His family was aware of his desire to be an organ donor. He had long ago made that decision and made sure it was reflected each time his license was renewed. Joe was the kind of man that would have wanted to continue helping others even after his life was over. He was compassionate, caring, and a genuinely kind man who will live on through those he was able to help.

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