Mr. Joe Ferreira, 70, of Lake Wales, Fla., died on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at his home.
He was born Nov. 23, 1943, to José and Celeste Ferreira in Elizabeth, N.J., and moved to Lake Wales 11 years ago from Hazlet, N.J.
He retired after 30 years as a truck driver for ShopRite Food Service. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of American Legion Post 8, Winter Haven. He was a member of Teamsters Union Local 863 in Mountainside, N.J., a volunteer for Give Kids the World, and was active in the Lake Ashton community, serving as Vice Commander of the Lake Ashton Veterans Association and helping to found Lake Ashton Bingo. He was of the Christian faith.
Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Nancy; daughter, Donna Wickersty; and husband, Richard, of Levittown, Penn.; grandson Tyler Wickersty; and a nephew, Ed Pinto of Edison, N.J. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Pinto.
A Celebration of Joe’s Life will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, at the Lake Ashton Veterans Memorial and then proceed in to the ballroom.
Memorials of remembrance may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL 33823, Humane Society of Polk County, 555 Sage Road, Winter Haven, FL 33881, or LAVA, 4141 Ashton Club Drive, Lake Wales, FL 33859.
Arrangements by Johnson Funeral Home, Lake Wales.