Sebastian Joseph Messina
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Sebastian Joseph Messina
  • January 21, 1931 - April 25, 2017
  • Roseland, New Jersey

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Sebastian J. Messina, 86 years old passed into eternal rest on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice in Fredon, Township, NJ. Services for Sebastian will be at LaMonica Memorial Home at 145 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave. Livingston, NJ on Friday, April 28, 2017 between 4-8pm. A funeral Mass will be at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Roseland, NJ on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 10:00 am Cremation will be private.
Sebastian is predeceased by his wife, Joanne (nee Barraro) and leaves behind 4 children: Joseph (MaryAnn), Bruce (Carol), Sebastian (Lynn), and Jami, nine grandchildren: Joseph, Michele, Danielle, Alycia, Stephen, Christopher, Samantha, Emily, Brooke, and one great-grandson, Kenneth. He also leaves behind his beloved sister, Mary Sole and many nieces and nephews.
Sebastian was born and raised in Bloomfield, NJ, where he raised his family for more than 35 years before moving to Livingston, NJ. In 2010, Sebastian and his wife moved to Roseland, NJ where he resided until recently. Earlier this year he moved to Fredon Township, NJ to live with his son, Bruce and daughter-in-law, Carol.
Sebastian was very proud of his service to our nation as a U.S. Marine during the Korean War. Sebastian was a member of the Old Guard in Livingston, NJ and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #3533. He taught photography for more than 25 years at Middlesex County College and photographed many weddings through the years. He also loved all types of music and enjoyed playing his accordion for family and friends.
Sebastian's dream was to visit Cerami, Sicily to see the monument that his grandfather built and to place a rose on his grandmother's grave. He never realized his dream but some of his ashes will be spread at the base of the Messina monument. Sebastian was a proud son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, friend and U.S. Marine. "Semper Fidelis!"