Jan & Dad at the Newport Reception
Joseph Zinno
  • 98 years old
  • Date of birth: May 29, 1917
  • Place of birth:
    Providence, Rhode Island, United States
  • Date of passing: Jun 6, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Joe lived his life on his own terms by the skill of his own hands. He loved his family and all peoples of every heritage and religion. May he be rewarded in heaven for a life well lived.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved father, grandfather and great grandfather, Joseph Zinno, 98, born on May 29, 1917 and passed away on June 6, 2015. We will remember him forever.

Friends and family are invited to attend a tribute on June 27th at 10 AM.  See address below.

Joe's loving wife Clara (née Mosca), his daughter Janice Allen and her husband Richard, his son Richard (Dick) and his wife Mary Ann mourn his loss along with their children Jennifer (Allen) Arnett, Jessica (Zinno) Leatherman, Jeremy Zinno and Marcella (Zinno) Rolwes.  Ten great grandchildren will remember Great Grandpa as a kind man who gave them sugar donuts and delighted in watching them play. 

“Joe”, as his friends called him or "Pipi" as his family knew him, will be greatly missed by family and friends in R.I. where he and Clara lived until retirement in 1982.  He was one of ten children, and is survived by one sister, Alice Geohagan; two sisters-in-law: Barbara Zinno, and Norma Mosca; and two brothers-in-law: Peter Marino and Norman Mancone, along with a host of nieces and nephews from the Mosca and Zinno families.

His friends knew him as an honorable, gregarious, proud man who loved both family and friends and would offer a hand to anyone in need.  He was a World War II veteran, earning the rank of Master Sergeant, and a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus.  He willingly served his country and his community, and lived by the codes of honor of both the U.S. Army and the Catholic Church.

Upon his retirement from his business, Esquire Dental Lab, he moved to Camarillo, CA where he and Clara lived for 25 years.  He lived life in retirement as he did during his working years, fully and deliberately.  He loved traveling, gardening and golf, entertaining friends, and hosting family members from the East Coast.  He donated hundreds of hours to “feeding the masses”, cooking cauldrons of pasta fagiole or grilling Italian sausage to fundraise for St. Mary Magdalene parish, and spent hours in the growing fields of the Oxnard Plain adjacent to his home filling baskets of fresh vegetables for the underprivileged in his community through a volunteer organization, “Food Share”. 

Joe loved all of his grandchildren unconditionally.  He and Clara supported all of them in all they did, flying between California and Texas to attend every baptism, school play, dance recital, birthday party, and graduation.  He taught his children and grandchildren the ethic of hard work and fairness, while spoiling them with his love at the same time.

At the age of ninety, Joe moved his household once more to spend some quality time with his son and his family in Texas.  He was a “fully present” father throughout the lives of his children, often foregoing his own comfort for theirs.  He was fiercely proud of his family, his heritage and most importantly his wife and their joint accomplishments.

The celebration of his life was held on June 10th at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Fort Worth, TX.   

On June 27th at 10 AM, a Catholic mass in memoriam will be held at St. Mary Magdalene Chapel, 2532 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, California. Joseph will be interred at Valley Oaks - Griffin Memorial Park, 5600 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village, California, near his beloved granddaughter, Kimberley.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be sent in Joe’s honor to the Knights of Columbus:

Adolfo Camarillo Council 5272

PO Box 2197

Camarillo CA 93011-2197

Condolences may be sent to Clara Zinno, The Westmore, Apartment 122, 25 Leonard Trail, Westworth Village, Texas, 76114.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Andrew Prete on 18th July 2015

"May he rest in peace.  God bless the entire family. He was a great
person and Knight of Columbus.
Andrew Prete
Grand Knight, K of C 5803 Simi Valley, CA.
and the Prete family from R. I."

This tribute was added by Camille Crawford on 23rd June 2015

"We will always and forever, treasure the wonderful friendship that we had with Joe, our neighbor in California.  How great is that, to have a best friend, live right across the street from you?  John and Joe shared many interests, namely woodwork and often advised each other on their projects, sharing table saws, tools, etc.  The finished products were always beautiful, so family, cherish all those items that your Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, made for you. He was a very skilled woodwork craftsman!  Oh, those pasta dinners that he and Clara made, too! Yum! Their house at Christmas time, looked like a winter wonderland with all the shining lights. Such a treat, to look out our window, and see their yard brilliantly lit up!  Glorious!  They would often stand in either's driveways, discussing the nuts and bolts of life, down to bugs on the roses!  
John and Joe always watched over each other's homes when either family was away on a trip, so that added to the comfort of knowing home was in good hands.  Joe asked John to put vents up on his roof but he wanted to be part of it. So!  John got Joe up on the roof, tied a rope around his waist and secured the other end of it to the chimney so Joe wouldn't roll off the roof!  That way, he was able to supervise and be part of the installation.  I sooo wish I had taken a picture of this - Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, tied to the chimney on the roof!  How cute is that? We miss him terribly and grieve the loss of him. What an amazing life, though!  Such a beautiful, loving, caring, generous, devoted family man and friend he was.  He will live on in all of us, never to be forgotten.  
With much love for this very special man - our Joe.  John and Camille Crawford"

This tribute was added by Jay Cafasso on 19th June 2015

"Sailors pray,
For fair winds and a following sea

The smell of salt in the air,
The feel of their skin as it's touched by the spray

An albatross soaring above,
Dolphins in the ship's wake at play

To witness a work of art that only God can create,
The sunset at the end of day

At night a million stars in the sky,
Safe anchorage in an islands lee

When the time comes to die as for all it must,
To awake in Sailors Heaven where nothing ever rusts

And always there would be,
Fair winds and a following sea

C. D. Williams.COM

I know Uncle that is exactly where you are, sailors heaven, with fair winds and a following sea.

Jay Cafasso"

This tribute was added by Patricia A. Reynolds on 18th June 2015

"Uncle...You lived life so "loudly"-enough for all to hear:

"Carpe diem cogliete l'attimo ragazzi rendete straordinaria la vostra vita"(Seize the day,boys.Make your lives extraordinary.)

So proud to call you my uncle.Rest in Peace."

This tribute was added by Janice Allen on 12th June 2015

"Dad, we will never forget all the wonderful times together.  You made us feel safe and loved throughout our lives.  You taught us to work hard and reap the rewards. That ethic has passed to all the generations as we watch our grandchildren following in those footsteps.
I will remember learning to drive the Fiat (at the age of 13!) at the beach house, and learning to water ski at the same time behind the boat you loved so much!  We made midnight delivery runs together to the various dentists, I prepared your invoicing in the summers when Mom was at the beach (sometimes adding "short notice" or "special delivery" fees you promptly erased) and I called you whenever I was in trouble.  You rescued me more than once when I had car trouble at Boston College ~ bringing your friend and mechanic, Joe DiNoble, AND a freshly baked pie or cake from Mom, in the middle of a snowstorm, late at night, whenever needed.  You were so proud at my graduation, and had the MOST fun during senior week at the beer fest with the parents of my wonderful friends. You didn't scold or show disappointment when I chose to forego the profession I had worked so hard to achieve to literally fly away from you.  Although you initially said "No" to giving me away in marriage, you celebrated with us, and wanted our wedding day to be perfect. You and Mom left the home you loved to be a part of my family's life in California, and built a whole new life for yourselves.  It made me so proud to see you earn the respect of so many people in your community. Volunteer par excellence, great host, wonderful neighbor and friend.  Your life has been so full, yet we wished for more.  We will imagine you walking the fields of heaven with Kimberley, your parents and siblings and ALL those friends from both coasts, telling the stories you told us all ~ about your life and the things you loved to do.  We will try to stop the tears with happy thoughts. You will always live in our hearts!"

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