Joseph Charles Magnio, 73, of Southwestern Drive, Lakewood, N.Y., passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014, in WCA Hospital.
He was born Feb. 11, 1941, in Jamestown, N.Y., a son of the late James Vincent Magnio and Edith Gigliotti Magnio.
A kind gentleman, he was an extraordinary son, brother, uncle and friend, who touched many lives.
Joseph Charles Magnio
He was very proud of his home and was a self-starter who enjoyed working as part of a team.
A lifelong learner, Joseph received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Almeda University. He also received an Associate in Applied Science degree from ITT Technical Institute and an Associate in Arts degree from Cuyamaca College in El Cajon, Calif.
A decorated veteran, he served in the U.S. Navy for 21 years before retiring from active service to his country in 1988. He was passionate about everything he accomplished, including his service in the U.S. Navy of which he was granted top-secret clearance for special duties and assignments. He served in numerous positions within the Navy, including maintenance department head responsible for all communications, an electronics material officer responsible for 300-plus personnel, and an oceano-graphic systems operational instructor involved in research, development and implementation of new oceanographic systems. He traveled to naval bases all over the world as an operational instructor, teaching personnel how to use oceanographic systems.
Previous to his service in the U.S. Navy, Joseph was employed as a senior administration specialist at IBM in California. After his retirement from the U.S. Navy, he was employed by ITT Technical Institute in San Diego, Calif., as an instructor for 15 years. Following his retirement from ITT, he was employed on a part-time basis at the Seneca Casino until 2008.
He was a life member of the local AMVETS Post, an active member of the War Vets Recreation Club in Jamestown, a member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the IEEE, the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology.
Joseph is survived by six nieces and nephews: David Allen Parker (Katharine) of Stow, Ohio, Linda Jo Johnson (Daniel), Kim Marie Hurley (Timothy) and Charles George Parker, all of Jamestown, and James Robert Hendrickson Jr. (Aimee) of Boiling Springs, S.C.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving sister, Louise Annette Hendrickson.
In keeping with Joseph's wishes, there will be no funeral service or public visitation observed.
Memorials may be made to the War Vets Recreation Club, 3431 Fluvanna Ave. Ext. Jamestown, NY 14701.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Joseph at www.lindfuneralhome.com.