Joseph Potere, 88, of Macclenny died on January 9, 2013 at Life Care Center of Jacksonville with family by his side. He was one of eight children born in Long Island, New York on December 2, 1924 to the late Nicholas Potere and Angelina Tedesco Potere. He was a resident of Macclenny for the past 10 years after moving from Ocala.
Mr. Potere received the National Acclaimed Award for safely driving over 3 million miles as a truck driver. He loved baseball and was an avid New York Yankees fan who in his younger years played in the minor leagues. He enjoyed golfing, gardening, swing dancing and traveling to Las Vegas. He was a caring husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Joseph loved life and was the life of any party. He enjoyed being in the sunshine and loved the Lord. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, June Potere.
He is survived by his loving step-daughter Eleanor Cumpston of Macclenny; brother Jackie (Ellen) Potere of Long Island, NY; sisters Jeannie (Skee) Spersky of AZ and Sue Mulvey of Long Island; grandchildren Renee Neidermeier of Jacksonville and Keith (Susie) Cumpston of Glen St. Mary; great-grandchildren Matthew and Alex Neidermeier, and Patrick Cumpston.
The funeral service was held on Friday, January 11 at 7 pm at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services with Pastor Wesley Niedermeier officiating.