Joseph J. Spinella
Joseph J. Spinella
  • May 18, 1932 - February 1, 2017
  • Saint Petersburg, Florida

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84, of Tampa, FL went to his eternal rest on February 1, 2017. Joe was a devoted family man who loved to go for family bike rides, build model trains, sing and dance, help the poor in his community and studied the bible constantly.

Joe was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 18, 1932 and was a first generation American born to native Italian parents, the late Giuseppe “Joseph” Spinella Sr. and the late Concetta “Kate” Spinella. He was called to serve in the Korean War and joined the United States Navy where he served honorably well past the end of the war.

Upon his return to Brooklyn, he was co-owner of a gas station and had his own Checker Cab business and was a taxi driver until he later moved to Tampa, FL in 1958. He went to work for the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HARTLINE) where he drove the Tampa Transit, which later became the HARTLINE bus, for 36 years until he retired.

After retirement Joe and his wife Anna, formed a street ministry in downtown Tampa to provide food, clothing and support to the homeless of Tampa for several years. His great passion was his street ministry where he would preach to the poor. Joe and Anna’s impact on the community positively changed the lives of countless people.

Joe Spinella is survived by his children, John, Mike, Gina, Terry, Angie, Jon, Matt, Beth, and Chris, his 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Anna Marie Spinella, his son, Joel and grandson, Robert Glenn.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 6, at 10:00 am at the Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Last Supper section, Tampa, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Meals on Wheels Tampa, at