Joseph Motta, III

Joseph Motta III, 58, of Greenbrier Apartments in Seekonk, Mass., died November 27 at his home.  Born in Providence to the late Joseph Motta, Jr., and Donna (Ricci) Motta, Joe was loved dearly by all of his family and friends.  Joe is survived by his loving brothers, Steven Motta and his wife Denise of Rumford, RI, and Gregory Motta of Cumberland, RI.  He also leaves his beloved niece and nephews, Leah, Aidan, Ryan, and Shane, as well as an extended family of cousins, a group of close friends, and his cherished cat of many years, Murray.

Spending his entire childhood years in Seekonk, Joe graduated Bishop Feehan high school and attended Wagner College in Staten Island, NY, before graduating with a Bachelors of Arts from Worcester State College.  A writer his entire life, he started his career writing for the Catholic Dioceses of Fall River’s paper, ​The Anchor.  ​He then was a reporter and eventual editor of the Kent County Daily Times before working at Amica Insurance as a Senior Writer in their corporate communications department for 19 years until his retirement.  Joe was recognized for his writing ability at all stages of his career including winning numerous national awards.

When not working, Joe spent his time dutifully taking care of his parents until their passing.  He will be remembered by his family and friends as an avid writer, reader, and storyteller who loved to talk to everyone he met.  Joe loved British television comedies, 70’s folk music and was always up for a game or singing karaoke with his friends.  He was a loyal, caring, and generous person who will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

**Updated 12/28/2020

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 10:00 AM in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 984 Taunton Avenue, Seekonk. Burial will be private.

Gifts may be made to, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

 

 

 


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Danielle Whitney from Cranston, RI wrote on January 15, 2021 at 11:49 am
My deepest condolences to Joe's family. I was terribly saddened to learn of his passing. While we didn't directly work together at Amica, we became friends while seeing each other on our daily breaks. Joe always had a positive outlook, a comforting presence, and was a gentle, caring, and kind soul.
Paul Gagnier from Coventry, RI wrote on December 19, 2020 at 10:57 am
My deepest sympathy and condolences to you Greg and Steven as well as Denise, Leah, Aiden, Ryan, Shane and Joe's relatives. I am still in shock and cannot believe it happened. I still keep thinking that I am going to hear my doorbell ring these past Saturday evenings with it being Joe coming over to hang out and practice some songs for karaoke. Joe was a great person and like a brother to me and we will truly miss him and cherish the great memories.
Rui Massa from East Providence wrote on December 11, 2020 at 4:56 pm
My condolences to Joe’s family. I’m very saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. He was a great friend to me and an awesome person. I met Joe at Amica and we remained friends after his retirement. We shared a lot of laughs and good times, I’m grateful for Joe’s friendship and always enjoyed his company, Joe was generous, thoughtful, caring and all around a good soul. He will be missed by all who knew him. Rest In Peace my friend I will miss you buddy.
Anne-Marie Kula Silvi from Dedham, MA wrote on December 6, 2020 at 7:41 pm
I was very sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I enjoyed working with him for many years at Amica. He had a great sense of humor and we shared many laughs. He also had a very kind and generous heart. He loved his family and spoke of them often. Joe will be missed by everyone whose lives he touched, including his cat, Murray. My sincere condolences to the family. May perpetual light shine upon Joe.
Trisha Rossi from Rumford wrote on December 5, 2020 at 4:40 pm
My condolences to Joe’s family. I remember some of Joe’s stories. He always put a smile on my face when we would see each other in the lobby at Amica. Rest In peace Joe God Bless his soul and his family. Sincerely, Trisha Rossi
Anne (Grima) Mason from Seekonk wrote on December 5, 2020 at 1:32 pm
So very sorry to hear about Joe. I remember his Dad bringing him in for s haircut at my father's barber shop. The Motta family is such a wonderful faith-filled family! May Joe rest in peace. I'm sure he's happy to be reunited with Mom and Dad now. May God give supernatural courage and strength to his family.
Robert Jean from Mansfield, MA wrote on December 5, 2020 at 7:49 am
So sorry to learn of Joe's passing. I enjoyed working with him for several years. I remember him for his laugh and good natured sense of humor. And of course his passion for Harry Potter. I'm sure he's up there now proofing this copy. My heartfelt condolences to his family.
Kathy Gage from Warwick wrote on December 4, 2020 at 10:39 am
Joe and I were only 4 months apart in age and I don't ever remember a time without my sweet and caring cousin. I am filled with sorrow at his passing. The thing about Joe, the rare thing , was not only his capacity for love, but how truly loved you knew you were by him. I will miss his stories, the kindness in his eyes, his ready smile and hearty laugh. I wish peace and healing to you, my cousins, Steve and Denise, and Greg. I can't imagine your loss. To Leah, Aiden, Ryan and Shane, I want you to know that you were your Uncle Joe's whole world. He was so proud of each of you. I send out thoughts of love and solace to everyone (animals included, Murray) who Joe's life has touched. The world is a smaller place without him.
Kathy Gage from Warwick wrote on December 4, 2020 at 9:39 am
Kelly Ribeiro from Lincoln wrote on December 4, 2020 at 8:11 am
I am sorry to hear of Joes passing. He could always put a smile on my face with a giggle with his great personality. God bless him.
Shelley and Tom Riley from Riverside wrote on December 3, 2020 at 6:24 pm
Dear Steve, Denise, and all of Joseph's relatives and friends. All losses are difficult, and especially in a holiday season. We hope the sadness will be mixed with fond memories. Joseph sounds like a wonderful person, especially seeing his smile in the picture. We are praying for all of you. With sincere sympathies, Shelley and Tom Riley
Shelley and Tom Riley from Riverside wrote on December 3, 2020 at 6:24 pm
Dear Steve, Denise, and all of Joseph's relatives and friends. All losses are difficult, and especially in a holiday season. We hope the sadness will be mixed with fond memories. Joseph sounds like a wonderful person, especially seeing his smile in the picture. We are praying for all of you. With sincere sympathies, Shelley and Tom Riley
Susan kelly from Norton ma wrote on December 3, 2020 at 12:15 pm
I have known Joe for over 20yrs. I have very fond memories of Joe at christmas dinners and many family birthdays. He will be greatly missed by his brothers and his niece and nephews. Joe was a great story teller and a very educated man. We will miss him dearly..
Joanne Franceschi from North Smithfield, RI wrote on December 3, 2020 at 11:50 am
I was so sad to hear of Joe's passing. It was such a pleasure to work with Joe at Amica. He always made me smile when speaking of his niece and nephews and his cat Murray. He was a wonderful person. My condolences to the family and friends.
Karen O'Connor from Warwick wrote on December 3, 2020 at 8:07 am
So sorry to hear this. My condolences to Joe's family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Joe was such a sweet soul. Rest in peace my friend!
steve pellerin from seekonk wrote on December 3, 2020 at 8:00 am
a terrible loss, he was a real friend and will be greatly missed
Julia Simpson from Groton wrote on December 2, 2020 at 11:41 am
So sad to see this. I remember how proud he was of his niece and nephews and his stories about you — he loved you all very much. Hold on to your memories of good times with him.
Jody Alves from Warwick wrote on December 2, 2020 at 11:26 am
So stunned to hear of Joe's passing. He was kind and resilient and a supportive rock during our collaborative projects at Amica. He always paved the way for others to have opportunities. I'll remember great lunch conversations at his favorite restaurant on Route 116. Condolences to all of Joe's family and friends.
David Dwyer from Parrish, FL wrote on December 2, 2020 at 9:56 am
Sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was a great guy. I always enjoyed working with him at Amica.
Denise Farias from Johnston Rhode Island wrote on December 1, 2020 at 8:44 pm
Sorry to here of this , Joe such a beautiful soul , my condolences to the family, may he Rest In Peace