Jay – Joseph C. “Joe” Nemi, 75, a longtime resident and businessman of Jay died Sunday, April 9, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born on Feb. 28, 1931, in Jay, the son of Joseph and Quintina Grimaldi Nemi and was a 1949 graduate of Jay High School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.

On April 23, 1955, he married the former Sally Anderson of Mount Vernon. After leaving the military, he worked as a linotype operator in Rumford and Lewiston and then for the Gannett Newspapers in Portland and Augusta.

In 1965, he purchased the Livermore Falls Advertiser from Kenneth L. Mann and shortly thereafter, the Franklin Journal and Farmington Chronicle. In 1980, he founded Franklin Printing which still exists today at its original location in Farmington.

He enjoyed spending time at his homes in Harpswell and most recently Long Pond in Belgrade. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, flying model airplanes, cooking, and most recently, working with his tractors on “The Farm” in Jay. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family.

He was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church in Jay; a member of the VFW, Frank L. Mitchell, Post 3335 of Jay, the Sons of Italy, American Legion of Winthrop and past member of the Winthrop Lion’s Club and the Century Club of The Maine Graphic Arts Association.

He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Sally; two sons, Gregory Nemi and his wife, Ann and Richard Nemi and his wife, Noreen; a daughter, Sandra Nemi, all of Jay; seven grandchildren, David Nemi, Jennifer Nemi, Ryan Nemi, Michael Nemi, Brad Morin, Katie Morin and Gina Morin; a sister, Marie White and her husband, George, of Jay; and his mother-in-law, Nellie Anderson of Jay.

He was predeceased by his parents; his father-in-law, Victor Anderson; a grandson, Nicholas Nemi; and a sister and brother-in-law, Carmelina and Norman Murphy.