Joseph “Joey” J. Saba • October 14, 2022
Joseph James Saba passed away on October 14, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on September 12, 1947, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, to Michael Joseph and Mary Cornelia Saba. He was the second born of four children. Joe was fortunate to travel the world at an early age due to his father’s deployments overseas in the U.S. Navy. He most loved his time spent in Naples, Italy when he was eleven through fourteen years old. His family’s travels eventually brought them to Milton, Florida in 1961. It was at Milton High School in October 1963 where he met the love of his life, Suzie Saba. Joe and Suzie married on February 22, 1969. Joe attended the University of West Florida, where he studied accounting, and was a proud member of the inaugural 1969 graduating class.
After graduation, Joe started his 34-year career as a civil servant for the Department of Defense at NAS Pensacola. He began in 1969 as an Accountant for the Naval Audit Service. In 1977, he became a Budget Analyst for Naval Training Command, CNET. Beginning 1981, until his retirement in 2003, he was the Deputy Inspector General, CNET. As the Deputy Inspector General for over 22 years, he positively impacted Sailors, Marines, and their families through his efforts to uphold the highest levels of readiness, discipline, integrity, and public confidence. Throughout his career he received numerous “Outstanding Service” awards from his various commanding officers and US Navy Vice Admirals. His service culminated in a “Superior Civilian Service Award”, the highest award the Chief of Naval Operations may bestow on a civilian employee in the Department of the Navy.
The greatest joy in his life was raising his family alongside his wife, Suzie. He loved traveling with and to see his children and grandchildren, and especially late nights sharing stories and playing games with his family. Throughout his life he was a dedicated member of local community service organizations, including the Knights of Columbus, N.E. Optimist Club, coaching generations of baseball players with Bill Bond and Northeast Pensacola Optimist, and membership on multiple local school advisory councils. He also remained a dedicated and active member of Nativity Catholic Church, serving as a lector, educator, Eucharistic Minister, and coach.
He is survived by his beautiful wife of 53 years, Suzie (neé Werner) Saba; children Kevin (Janice) Saba, Kurt (Wendi) Saba, Carrie (Dennis) White, and Christopher (Amy) Saba; his “Great Eight” grandchildren, Benjamin, Kaden, Tanner, Emma, Connor, Lexie, Parker, and James; siblings Cynthia (Vic, d.) Rhodes, Sandra (Ronnie) Jernigan, and Paul (Stella) Saba; siblings-in-law Barry (Hilda, d.) Werner, Betsey (Ken) Dodson, Wanda (Ronnie, d.) Werner, and Jayne Saba; and multiple cousins, nephews and nieces whom he loved.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. on Monday, October 24, 2022, at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, with a funeral Mass immediately following at 10:30.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities Northwest Florida, Covenant Care Hospice, or the charity of your choice.
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