MONROE — Joseph A. LaMagna Jr. passed peacefully at his home July 15, 2021. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jan. 8, 1934, the youngest of five children of Joseph A. Sr. and Jennie V. LaMagna.

Joseph grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he graduated from St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens in 1952. After graduation, he was drafted into the Army, where he served as a corporal in the infantry from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War. Upon his discharge from the service, Joseph was employed as a financial records clerk at Sinclair Oil in New York City.

In June 1958, Joseph married the love of his life, Mary, with whom he had fallen in love from the age of 2. He insisted throughout his life that she made him an offer he couldn’t refuse by threatening him into marriage. They moved to Long Island, N.Y., where they raised their three children.

In January 1960, Joseph joined the Nassau County Police Department, Badge 159, which he served for 20 years before retiring as a detective sergeant in January 1980. He was renowned throughout the department for his investigative prowess as an undercover cop and was in demand by law enforcement agencies across the country for his lectures on organized crime.

After retiring from the police force, Joseph worked as a corporate security special investigator for SCM Corp. in the heart of downtown Manhattan. His office overlooked the famous Waldorf Astoria hotel. When SCM dissolved in 1986, Joseph formed his own security and private investigation company, LaMagna Associates Inc., until his move to Monroe in 1989.

From 1989 to the present, Joseph resided in Monroe on the land he so deeply treasured and a place to which he felt particularly called. He served the people of Monroe on the Board of Selectmen and accomplished much for the town, including establishment of a town park and the local post office. Always an innate investigator, Joseph formed Nova Investigations, which he successfully owned and managed from 1992 until July 2014. Joseph also served as bail commissioner for Waldo County for a number of years. Joseph was a member of the National Rifle Association (Life), a member of Anah Shriners in Bangor, a former Master Mason and a 61-year member of the Nassau County Long Island New York Police Benevolent Association and Retired Police Association of the State of New York.

Joseph was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Mary; parents Joseph and Jennie LaMagna Sr., and siblings Annette, Bernard and Gigi.

Joseph is survived by his children, daughter Maria and husband Bob, grandchildren Mary, Robert (Amanda), Stephen, Joseph (Jamiane) and Jennifer (Matthew), and great-granddaughter Olivia; daughter Camille and husband Mark, grandchildren Arthur, Jennie and Alexandra; and son Joseph and wife Betsy, grandchildren Jay and Alex. Joseph is also survived by his sister, Mary Tornabene, of Daytona Beach, Fla., and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 23, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 81 Court St., Belfast. Private burial will take place in the Maine Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be  shared at ripostafh.com.

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