Mr. Joseph J. LaSpada, Sr. (Tomato Joe, The Jock), formerly of Medina, died Thursday, September 27, 2012, at Unity Health System, Rochester.
Mr. LaSpada was born in Lockport, September 16, 1928, a son of the late Salvatore and Annie (Phillipina) LaSpada. On March 1, 1951, he married Mary Alice Seiler at St. Joseph's Church in DeRidder, LA. He served with the US Army from 1950-52, and after his discharge he returned to Lockport where they resided for a couple of years. He operated a farm in Jeddo during the 1950s and 60s, and moved to Medina in 1971. He was employed by Harrison Radiator Division of GMC, in the stock room, for 30 years.
He was a longtime member of St. Mary's Church and attended daily mass following his retirement. A member of the United Auto Workers, Local 686, he was an avid gardener, enjoyed bowling and loved racing with his son and grandson.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Alice; three daughters, Diane (Charles) Hage, Debbie LaSpada and Kathy (Darren) Mahoney of Spencerport; a daughter-in-law, Debra S. LaSpada; eight grandchildren, Joe LaSpada III; Chad, Jason, Ryan and Lindsay Hage; Kristina LaSpada; Kevin and Sean Mahoney; a great-grandchild, Kelsey Joe LaSpada; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Joseph J. "Smokin Joe" LaSpada, Jr. on Jan. 29, 2007; four brothers, Tony, Sam, Frank and Tom and sisters, Josephine DeCarlo, Rose LaSpada and Katie Spencer.
Friends may call on Monday (6-9) at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls will celebrate his Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday at 11AM, at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish/St. Mary's Church, 211 Eagle St., Medina. Interment will be in Millville Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by members of Lincoln Post #1483, VFW and Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Assn. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhomemedina.com.