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Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, December 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107), Revere, for Joseph P. Napolitano, who passed on Tuesday, December 12, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers, following a long illness. His funeral will be conducted on Saturday, December 16, from the funeral home at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 11 a.m., immediately followed by interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Born in Everett, he lived in Revere all of his life, before moving to Peabody 15 years ago. He was an alumnus of Revere High School, Class of 1950. In April of 1954, during the Korean Conflict, he joined the U.S. Army and served as a Specialist 3rd class until January of 1956. He had a 42-year career as a meat-cutter and store manager. He traveled the vast network of Stop & Shop, serving throughout the North Shore Shore and Greater Boston. A man's man, he was always a gentleman, for all of his family and extended family. Never one to join fraternal organizations, he gave his entire being for his family.
He was the beloved husband of 63 years to Barbara L. (Kezar) Napolitano. He was the cherished father to Joseph P. Napolitano Jr. and his wife, Lisa of Tewksbury, Nicholas J. Napolitano and his wife, Michelle of Revere, Michael J. Napolitano and his wife, Barbara of Peabody, Gina B. Napolitano of Peabody and the late Lawrence J. Napolitano. He was the dear brother to Paul Napolitano Jr. and his wife, Josephine of Tewksbury.
He was the adored grandfather to Samantha Woolaver and her husband, Derek of Saugus, Joseph P. Napolitano, III and his fiancee, Mackenzie Holland of East Boston, Alicia L. Napolitano of Tewksbury, Michael L. and Christopher P. Napolitano, both of Peabody, and Nicholas J. Napolitano,Jr. and Kiana N. Napolitano, both of Revere. In May of 2018, Joe's first great-grandchild will be born and from where Joe will be (heaven), he will be the very first to know and observe the "blessed event"; a true paradox, indeed.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the St. Jude Children's' Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis,TN 38101-9908; or to the New England Center & Home for Veterans, P.O. Box 845257, Boston, MA 02284-5257. Please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Published on December 13, 2017
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