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Joseph Tutino

March 21, 1968 - April 2, 2011
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Everyone’s life is the sum total of all of the people they have met, the things they have done, the places they have gone. Joseph Tutino was no exception. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best as either, Joe, JoeyT, Joe-Joe, Will-O-the-Wisp, Little Hally; he will be remembered as a very exceptional person. Joe's life journey began on March 21, 1968. He first greeted the world in Yonkers, New York. His parents' names were Lucy and Rocco. He grew up in Arizona and Las Vegas. Growing up for Joe was an involving experience. It allowed him to learn and grow and create all kinds of memories. A lot of what shaped Joe's life was how he was raised. He was raised with seven siblings. He was the youngest making him the eighth. Joe had five older sisters and two older brothers; Sandra Tutino, Rocco Tutino, Phylis (Candy) Brancaleoni, Jody Ford, Sharon Tutino, Cindy Tutino and Mark Tutino. Joe loved his family. He was so happy when his family was together. One of Joe's passions, besides the Yankees of course, was boxing and buying things for his family. He loved watching the look on their faces when they opened all the gifts he bought because he knew it brought them joy. Joe gave his family so many wonderful and cherishable memories that it would be impossible to find enough room to write them all down. Joe was an angel sent from heaven from the beginning of his short life. He gave his family lots of laughter...
Everyone’s life is the sum total of all of the people they have met, the things they have done, the places they have gone. Joseph Tutino was no exception. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best as either, Joe, JoeyT, Joe-Joe, Will-O-the-Wisp, Little Hally; he will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

Joe's life journey began on March 21, 1968. He first greeted the world in Yonkers, New York. His parents' names were Lucy and Rocco. He grew up in Arizona and Las Vegas. Growing up for Joe was an involving experience. It allowed him to learn and grow and create all kinds of memories.

A lot of what shaped Joe's life was how he was raised. He was raised with seven siblings. He was the youngest making him the eighth. Joe had five older sisters and two older brothers; Sandra Tutino, Rocco Tutino, Phylis (Candy) Brancaleoni, Jody Ford, Sharon Tutino, Cindy Tutino and Mark Tutino. Joe loved his family. He was so happy when his family was together. One of Joe's passions, besides the Yankees of course, was boxing and buying things for his family. He loved watching the look on their faces when they opened all the gifts he bought because he knew it brought them joy. Joe gave his family so many wonderful and cherishable memories that it would be impossible to find enough room to write them all down. Joe was an angel sent from heaven from the beginning of his short life. He gave his family lots of laughter and love and let's not forget his beautiful voice that we all enjoyed. Joe was involved in all sorts of activities with his siblings. Joe's grandparents were Josephine and Joseph Sava on his mother's side and Phillinina and Rocco Tutino on his father's side. His grandmother on his mother's side is the only one that Joseph really met. Joe would find great joy in listening to her stories over and over again. Joe would enjoy every opportunity he could to help his grandmother in any way.

As a young boy, Joe had a number of interests. He was curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Joseph's early childhood began on Fennimore Avenue in Yonkers, New York which was a very safe neighborhood. He lived in a very large home that brought many fabulous memories and enjoyment. Many family gatherings were held in our home and Joe gave his family the gift of entertainment with his singing talents. At age 5, Joe would sing for his family if he was given a quarter, a bar stool and an 8 track player.

He was an active child who enjoyed a number of different activities, which included riding his bike and playing baseball. A number of things caught his interest, but mostly singing, collecting baseball cards, music of any kind and keeping statistics of all his favorite sports teams. When it came to playtime, Joe enjoyed swimming, darts, kickball, and simply playing football. Reading was often a favorite pastime for him, with some of his favorites being musician biographies and the Holy Bible. Joe also enjoyed anything that had to do with science and how to make things. Joe attended Village Meadows Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona and graduated from Chaparral High School in Las Vegas.

Although Joe was loved by everyone, his true best friend was his brother Mark. Joe had a knack for looking inside a person and was able to love them for who they really were. His friends included a 70 year old lady named Evelyn and 70 year old handicapped man named Ronald. His other close friends included Jed, Barry, Ron, Annie and all the Bocchieri's, Gene, Josephine and Rose, The Spano's, Dave and Carlo of Yonkers. There were so many that Joe loved that it is impossible to list them all. Joe was a very creative child. He not only started singing at an early age he made movies with his friends that were comedy skits on his VCR recorder. He liked to ride his mortorbike in the desert with his brother and friends. Joe had other types of friends as a child, including a dog named Gidget. Gidget was Joe's protector when he was a baby. Gidget protected Joe like he was one of from his own litter. Gidget would follow Joe around where ever he went and kept him out of any dangerous situations. As a child Joe would travel to Vegas with his Dad. He was like a big shot in some hotels going to breakfast, lunch and dinner and signing comp slips at the age of 8. In all, Joe grew up surrounded by family and friends who cared about him very much.

The teen years weren’t only about school, though. Joe had a number of good friends during this time, especially Mark, Darius and Jin. When Joe and his friends got together, they would go to the Wet and Wild, Scandia, in Downtown Las Vegas.

Joe also enjoyed other social aspects of his high school years. Joe was a late bloomer and didn't date much in high school. He had crushes on a few girls, but nothing serious until his 30's. His brother Mark was his best friend and he loaned his girlfriend to him for his prom date.

Joe learned a lot about responsibility at a very young age. He first entered the work force when he got a job at the family owned Pizza Parlor called Rocco's Pizza on the strip. Joseph was very involved in the Karaoke community in Las Vegas. He won so many contests, one of which awarded him a cruise, and many gold records. He also won the State Championship one year.

How a person performs in the workplace can be a reflection on how they live their life. Fortunately, Joe enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Joe, worked diligently and did his best to succeed in each of his jobs. Fortunately Joe worked diligently and did his best to succeed. While he worked several jobs over his life, Joe's primary occupation was working as a ticket writer, which he truly loved. He was such a genuine person and everybody loved him and he loved everybody too. His last job was at Lucky's at the Plaza, in Downtown Las Vegas.

Though Joe didn’t work for accolades, he was recognized for a job well done. Joe was awarded numerous “Employee of the Month” awards. If he worked for you, and if you knew him, you would understand why. Joe always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done. On the job, he met so many people that it would be impossible to mention everyone that he adored and loved him.

Joe enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in a number of different activities, including his favorite hobby, singing. He also loved keeping records, lists, scrapbooks and loved shopping in thrift stores.

When it came to entertainment, Joe enjoyed a number of different things. Joe loved all music, but especially enjoyed singing Sinatra, Englebert, Tom Jones, Barry Manillow, Billy Joel, Leonard Skinnard, and Various Country Western Singers.

Joe enjoyed sports and athletics; his favorite team was the Yankees, which he saw win the 27th World Series. His favorite sport was baseball. His favorite players were Jeter, Posada, and Rivera. He was also a lifetime admirer of Joe DiMaggio, and an avid Raider fan.

A person’s faith says a great deal about them. Some people are raised with strong beliefs while others garner them throughout their life. Joe's faith was important to him, he was a Christian with faith as strong as a rock.

Joe left us on April 2, 2011. He passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada and was 43 years old. The cause of death was lung cancer. He was preceded in death by his father Rocco Tutino, His brother-in-laws Louie Touratzidis, Al Brancaleoni and Bobby Ford. He is survived by his mother Lucy Tutino, 84, sisters Sandra, 61, Phylis Brancaleoni, 59, Jody Ford, 55, Sharon Tutino, 52, Cindy Tutino, 50, and brother Rocco Tutino, 60, and Mark Tutino, 45. Services were handled by Palm Mortuary. Joe was cremated in Las Vegas, and going home to be buried with his mother and father.

So this is Joe’s life, the sum of the man that he became. Simply stated, Joe was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being caring and giving, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Joe leaves behind him a legacy of lifelong friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life Joseph Tutino touched will always remember him with a smile.

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"I didn't know Joe but i ran across a video just now of him singing Billy Joel's Leave a Tender Moment Alone and was immediately taken by his beautiful..." Rob Johnston (San Diego, CA)

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