Joseph Charles "Joe" Cirincione

1950 - 2010, Santa Barbara

Joseph Charles (“Joe”) Cirincione, known to friends and loved ones as a devoted husband and father, an avid traveler and follower of sports, and an impassioned listener to the “Oldies,” died on August 31, 2010, in Flagstaff, AZ, where he had retired to live with his wife, Yumi, after 36 years of working for the United States Postal Service. Outside of the workplace, life at its best was a champagne brunch for Joe, whose spirit was expressed in his favorite phrase, “What’s for dessert?” spoken with a beaming smile.

Joe was born in Brooklyn, NY, on May 30, 1950, to first-generation immigrants Mary (Maria) and Charles Cirincione from Palermo, Sicily. After 18 years in New York, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He received an honorable discharge two years later after transferring to Travis AFB in Fairfield, CA. His career in California took him from Torrance to Santa Ynez, where he lived with his first wife, Karen (Edwards) and their four children. He moved to Santa Barbara where, on April 19, 1997, he married Yumi Smith in Franceschi Park, overlooking the Santa Barbara harbor. Highlights of his last four decades were trips to Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Hawai’i, and Alaska.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents and by an older brother, Vinnie. He is survived by his wife, Yumi; his sister, Carol Walkewicz of Las Vegas, NV; sons Anthony, 33, and his wife, Allison; Matthew, 31, and his wife, Julia; Andrew, 26; and daughter Cameo, 24, all of Santa Barbara.

A celebration of Joe’s life—a final course he would surely have enjoyed—will be held in Santa Barbara at the Shoreline Park group picnic area at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2010. Friends and family are invited to attend. Donations in Joe’s memory may be directed to Northland Hospice of Flagstaff, AZ Click here for Northland Hospice or the International Myeloma Foundation Click here for International Myeloma Foundation.

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