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He was the son of James C. and Angelina (Mindicino) Testa and graduated from Farrell High School in 1959.
Joe went to CW Post College in New York and California University in Pennsylvania. He moved to Maine in 1968 and received his master's degree at the University of Maine. He was in education for 43-plus years, teaching in Ohio before moving to Maine and teaching in the Bath school system and becoming elementary principal in Bath. Next he moved to Boothbay Harbor as the high school principal, and later worked as principal at Madison Memorial High School, Shed High School in Eastport and then as education manager for Penobscot Job Corp.
Joe received many education leadership awards and always said education was the best profession. He was an avid Steelers fan and excelled playing high school football. Consequently, he was awarded a football scholarship at CW Post and also played at California University. He loved working around the house and yard after retiring and also went back to work delivering medication to the homebound.
He is survived by beloved wife, Candy, of 34 years; daughter Jillian and son James; stepson David King, wife Jennifer and grandchildren Quinn, Fiona, Zachery King; sisters Marie (Testa) Zager and husband Thomas, Christine Testa, Judith Testa Young and husband Raymond; sister-in-law Kelly Chapman; and several nieces and nephews.
Joe cared deeply about hunger in children so, in lieu of flowers, please donate to your local food bank.
Joseph, 77, of Winthrop, Maine, formerly of Farrell.
Service: A memorial service will take place April 13, 2019, at ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop, Maine. Share memories, condolences and photos at www.familyfirstfh.com.
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