Joseph Motta, Jr., 81, of Greenbrier Apartments (formerly Wedgewood Drive) in Seekonk, Mass., died May 17 at Rhode Island Hospital. For 53 years, he was the cherished husband of Donna L. (Ricci) Motta.
Joe was the devoted and loved dad of sons Joseph, of Douglas, Mass.; Steven, of Barrington; and Gregory, of Cumberland. He also leaves his pride and joy, his grandkids Leah, Aidan, Ryan and Shane; a beloved and caring sister, Dolores Machado of North Fort Myers, Fla.; and valued in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Born in East Providence to the late Joseph Motta, Sr., and Jessie (de Costa Leiter) Motta, Joe was a U.S. Army Veteran and a Johnson and Wales graduate. He worked at the former Old Stone Bank for more than four decades.
A member of Seekonk’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for most of his life, Joe spent much of his free time helping others. At his church, he was a Eucharistic minister and a member/president of the Holy Name Society. He was a member/president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of the Attleboro area. He was also recognized by the international society with its highest honor, the “Top Hat” award, for a lifetime of service.
Joe was a volunteer member/chair of the Seekonk Housing Authority, and he was honored in 2012 with a Distinguished Service Award by the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials for his 26 years of service. In 1976, he was among the first group of Seekonk residents elected to that community’s Representative Town Meeting.
His funeral will be on Thursday at 9:00 AM from the PERRY-MCSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Taunton Ave, Seekonk. Burial will be in Seekonk Cemetery. Calling hours Wednesday 4-8. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church- St. Vincent de Paul Society or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital would be appreciated.