Longtime Brick resident and local sports columnist Joe Mignone died Tuesday. He was 72.
Known to many Brick residents under his pen name Joseph Michael, Joe lived in Brick for decades and was well-known for his role in the township’s Knights of Columbus Council 8160 and as the creator of the Italian Feast at the Jersey Shore. For years, he covered high school sports for the Brick Communicator newspaper and briefly, with his wife Tina, wrote the Senior Scene column on the original Brick Patch site.
Joe was a resident of Briar Mills for 32 years, before moving to Greenbriar in 2005.
Outside of his writing, Joe was a benefits consultant for Equitable Life, of New York City and a benefits/labor pool supervisor for IMTT of Bayonne, before his retirement. Joseph was a member of the Knights of Columbus council 8160, and a devoted parishioner of the Church of the Epiphany, Brick.
“His dedication to the livelihood of his parish was shown in his founding of the annual Italian Feast, the living nativity, annual gift auction, and fundraising,” an obituary said. “Joseph’s ability to bring together his parish family and community will never be forgotten, he was a friend to all who knew him.”
Surviving are his beloved wife of 48 years, Christina Zapotocki Mignone, his loving children, Diane Mignone and Stephen, and Christopher Mignone and wife Jacquline, his dear sister Christina Campagna and husband Jerry, and his five cherished grandchildren, Desirae, Destiny, Frank, Jessica, and Ava Marie, and many extended family, community, and dear friends.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Road, Brick. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Epiphany, Thiele Road, Brick. Interment will follow at St. Catharine Cemetery, Sea Girt.