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Joseph M. Botti November 16, 1947 ~ July 02, 2019


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Melbourne – Joseph Michael Botti, 71, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Holmes Regional Medical center after a short stay in the ICU due to complications from a heart attack suffered in 2015.

A lifetime car enthusiast, mechanic, and successful small business owner, Joe worked in his youth as a precision grinding machinist in NY where he met his wife Janeen. When they moved to Florida in the 1970’s, he was already working exclusively in his chosen career as an auto mechanic, and eventually owned his own gas and service stations in the Melbourne and Palm Bay area. He opened Joe’s Auto Service in the late 1990’s, which he operated until his retirement.

An avid amateur racer for many years, crew member for professional 24Hr of Daytona race teams in the 1980’s, and crew chief for his “adopted nephew’s” road-race team, Joe always had a solution to keep cars on the track, even when the odds were stacked against them. In later years when it was no longer possible for him to physically drive a race car on track or work on the cars trackside, Joe continued to stay close to the automotive hobby as part of the Mopars of Brevard car club, in which he owned a classic Plymouth Satellite Sebring.

Joe’s other lifetime hobby of model train collecting was clearly evident in many of the displays he would put together and events he would attend. After the loss of his wife Janeen in 2005, he continued to expand his collection and derived joy from showing the trains to friends, even just weeks before his passing.

Joe was a close friend to most anyone who knew him, and his friends and extended family will miss his smile, knowledge, and no-nonsense view of the world as he saw it. His last day with us was filled from morning until late evening with visits from family and friends, along with three full meals and peaches for dessert. As a final act to help others, Joe was able to donate tissue after his passing to help those facing surgeries or conditions that could benefit from such donations. He wished to be cremated and reunited with his late wife, and a remembrance Services will be held at Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, 950 Malabar Road, SE Palm Bay at 10:30am on July 27th.

A luncheon will be held immediately following for all who would like to attend at the home of his adopted family of Marcello and Lynn Canitano.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children, the South Brevard Humane Society, or any other local charitable organization in need that could benefit.


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Jane Swayze

July 12, 2019, 8:29 am

I have only known Joe for a few short years, but I will always remember his kindness and compassion for others. Joe was that special kind of man that put others first and would drop everything if you needed him. A very rare gem. He was there for me many, many times. His memory will be treasured by many. Joe will be so very missed. Love you♡

Sister Barbara Hansen, OP

July 12, 2019, 3:08 pm

Joe indeed was a friend, a helpful friend to anyone in need. He helped me with my sister’s car during the last 10 months of her life, never accepting payment for oil changes or small repairs. Our last time together in Jan. 2-19 will be a precious memory. Thanks for being “Uncle Joe” to my lovely nieces.

Tom Boyle

July 23, 2019, 9:34 am

Joe was a valued friend from the time we first moved into our house across the street from him over 30 years ago. He was always willing to help with advice on whatever the need was. He and Janeen enjoyed watching our 3 daughters from the time they were born and grow up through the years. When Janeen passed and he got DJ, my girls practically adopted him going over to Joe to (borrow) him for the day. Sometimes DJ would come home with hair clips on his head. Joe would get a good laugh from that. Dj passed just a few days before Joe and it is a loss to our family to see them both go so soon. Joe was a true friend to many and will be missed by all.

Sallianne Warren

July 23, 2019, 11:18 am

Joe was our guardian and our good friend and advisor when we shared our experiences. He had a fun sense of humor and we had a great time with him at cruise nights and on Halloween with his “Panda” head! Joe was a wonderful neighbor and will be sorely missed. Smooth landing Joe…❤️🌺. Bob and Salli

Laura McCarthy

July 24, 2019, 12:09 pm

The best mechanic in town!
Joe was a great guy and will be missed by many.
So sad to hear of his passing!
My condolences to his family!

Ed & Lauren

July 25, 2019, 4:08 pm

I have known Joe since Malverne High. Worked with him over the years & was close to him & his wife. Spent time in Murphy, N.C. with them years ago. He will be missed. See ya in the far turn Joey.

Angelika Traylor

July 27, 2019, 3:14 pm

Joe was such gracious and always helpful friend. I have known Joe and his wife since the 1980’s and it makes me terribly sad that to hear of his passing. RIP Joe, you have earned it and being united with Janeen again.

greg zoll

August 5, 2019, 7:28 pm

Greg Zoll My Friend My Brother for forty years all I can say is you were loved and will be missed very much god speed uncle Joe

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