Joseph Turano (March 29, 1945 - September 10, 2023)

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Joseph Turano
  • March 29, 1945
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  • September 10, 2023

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Joseph Peter Turano, 78, of North Fort Myers passed away on September 10, 2023, at Lee HealthPark in Fort Myers.

Funeral services and mass will be held at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 13031 Palm Beach Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33905 on September 30, 2023 at 10:30 AM. He will be buried next to his wife Toni Lee at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.

Joseph was born in Buffalo, New York to Peter Frank Turano and Marion Alita Turano on March 29, 1945. The first of three boys, his family moved from Buffalo to Bonita Springs in 1961. He graduated from Fort Myers High School in 1964 where he was well known for his athletic accomplishments which included lettering three years in both football and swimming and being captain of both the Green Wave football and swimming teams in his senior year. He went on to play football at Kansas State University and attended classes locally at Edison Junior College.

His career was primarily in construction, working first in the family plastering business, and then as a general contractor and construction superintendent.

Joseph was preceded in death by his wife in 2017, father in 1974, mother in 2015, and his youngest brother in 2008. He is survived by his son and daughter, brother, two granddaughters, three grandsons, twelve great grandchildren, a nephew and two nieces.

Joseph’s family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the compassionate HealthPark doctors and nurses who made his passing as comfortable as possible.

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  1. Lisa Turano lit a candle:
    06 Oct 2023
    Lit since October 6, 2023 at 10:17:50 AM

  2. Jerry Turano posted an image:
    29 Sep 2023
    Turano Brothers at South Seas Plantation
    Turano Brothers at South Seas Plantation

  3. Jerry Turano says:
    28 Sep 2023
    Things you may not have known about Joe, from a brother’s perspective:
    • Although he was a physically tough person, he had a great deal of compassion. He was a man who would literally give you the shirt off his back if he believed you needed it more than he did.
    • If you were Joe’s friend, you had a friend for life.
    • Joe had hopes and dreams. Despite his physical limitations, he would talk about trips and activities that he wanted to participate in when he became stronger.
    • He expressed great pride and joy when hearing about the accomplishments of family and friends, and prayed for them when he thought they needed a helping hand.
    • He went to confession and received communion nearly every week.
    • If he became aware of something that he thought would improve your life, he was sure to recommend it to you. They weren’t always good ideas, but at least you knew he was thinking about you!
    • He wasn’t the best at expressing himself, but I know he was very grateful for everyone in his life.

  4. Greg Burkett says:
    27 Sep 2023
    I knew Joe through his younger brother Jerry, who became a close friend. Being older than us Joe didn’t hang with us teenagers. But he made us laugh with his humor when around. He seemed more like his dad, tough with wry humor.

  5. Bob Himschoot says:
    26 Sep 2023
    Joe will be missed by all of us. Our condolences to the family. Special note: Joe enjoyed butter in his coffee.

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