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Joseph F. Nieto
December 3, 2023 (age 59) 59 Years Old
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Joseph Francis Nieto, Sr, 59, of Nineveh, NY, passed peacefully on December 3, 2023 with his loved ones by his side. He leaves behind his devoted wife Barbie of 37 years, two children Ashley (Josh) and Joseph Jr. (Leslie) and 4 grandchildren Beau (7), Jace (6), Alara (3), Mina (2). There was never a man more devoted to his family.
Joe was born in Bahia Honda, Cuba on his mother’s birthday, March 12th, to Moises and Ysabel, who left everything behind in Cuba to give their children freedom in America. Joe was a man of charismatic energy that attracted great friendships and secured him respect from everyone he met. Joe grew up in Port Chester, NY where he gained many lifelong friends. Growing up, he was the captain of his HS football team, graduating in 1982. Following High School, he enlisted in the United States Marines where he began his life of service, showing his dedication to the country he loved so much. Along the way, he went on to become a Semi-Pro Boxer, taking 2nd place in the National Golden Gloves. He dedicated his life not only to his family and friends, but to giving back to the community. He became a Police Officer for the Port Chester Police Department, where his passion and commitment earned him numerous commendations for the lives he saved. He was forced to retire due to being injured in the line of duty. Doctors said he would never walk again. Being the incredibly strong man, we all know, he broke their expectations and went on to accomplish so much more. Education played an important role in his life. He received two Master’s in Criminal Justice and Central American Indigenous Studies. Despite his full-time commitment as a police officer and working construction, he always made time for family and was a dedicated coach for his children's sports teams, always making sure to be at every practice and game.
His many accomplishments include being a Judge, referee, and instructor in Mixed Martial Arts. He became Chief of Public Safety for Rye Town Park in Rye, NY, was a Volunteer Firefighter and EMT, and eventually Fire Chief in Harpursville, NY. His service didn’t stop there, he was an active member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Sons of Italy in Binghamton, NY. He became an ordained minister, uniting people in love and faith. He continued to always look for ways to give back to his community and founded the Blue Brothers Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, which brought together so many people for charity. Carrying his ordained minister status, Preacher, his words were inspired by his faith and he spoke his blessings over every Blue Brothers Charity before each ride. He was truly a man of good deeds.
He always said that each generation must be better than the last and felt that by far, this was his greatest accomplishment. The legacy of his family began in 1986. Joe met the love of his life Barbie in a nightclub and asked her to dance. As they danced the night away it only solidified their love at first sight. They married only 6 months later because Joe had a heart like no other. His deep love could always be seen through the pride and encouragement he always showed her. Together they fulfilled their dream of a family and never looked back.
A celebration of life will be held at The Hitching Post, Port Crane, NY on December 17, 2023, 1-5pm. Express condolences online at www.SavageFS.com. Arrangements were entrusted to SAVAGE-DeMarco Funeral Service.