OBITUARY: Joseph B. Deegan, 80

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Joseph B. Deegan, “Joe”, a long-time Wilmington resident, passed away peacefully at home on March 10, 2022; he was 80 years old.

Joe was born in Boston, MA, on January 11, 1942; he was the dear son of the late Marie Rose (Brisbois) Deegan-Malone and the late Joseph B. Deegan. Joe moved to the family homestead on Church Street in Wilmington as a young boy; he played youth sports, attended Wilmington public schools, went on to Essex Agricultural High School where he took classes and expedited his education and returned to graduate from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1959.

Joe was eager to serve his Country during the Vietnam war, so following graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy on September 10, 1959. Following four years of active duty, Joe, was honorably discharged to the Naval Reserves in November of 1963 and he continued to serve the country until September of 1965.

Upon his discharge, Joe, continued his work for the government and took a position at AVCO/Textron in Wilmington, where he worked for several years. Joe then went to work as a truck driver for the Teamsters Local #25 in Boston and retired from UPS following many years of dedicated service to the company.

Joe was a big sports fan throughout his life; as a young teen he was fortunate enough to meet and shake the hand of Ted Williams at a Red Sox game; this was one of the most memorable moments of his life. Joe followed all the Boston sports teams but he had a passion for football and was a “die hard” New England Patriots fan.

Joe loved being with his family, extended family and friends; he looked forward to the countless family cookouts, Memorial Day Parades, Fourth of July Celebrations and holiday parties that were held at the family home on Church Street or with the Lavine gang.

In his spare time, Joe, enjoyed playing the lottery or doing a little gambling just to try his luck.

Joe will be fondly remembered for his big personality, huge heart and his kindness towards others. He loved to socialize and make people feel welcome wherever he was. Joe was a proud Veteran and a good friend to many; he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Joe was the loving partner of many years to Madaline Lavine of Wilmington, the beloved father of Joseph Deegan and husband Jim Kocot of Buford, GA, Trevor Deegan of Wilmington and the late Sean Deegan, father-in-law of Joanne Deegan of Chelmsford, devoted “Pop” of James, Leah and Kelly Deegan. Dear brother of David Malone and his late wife Ingrid of Wilmington, the late Marie Deegan Martin and Dana Malone. Joe was also very special to Richard and Janet Lavine of Tewksbury, Stephen Lavine of Lowell, Mark and Holly Lavine of Nashua, NH, Todd and Rosangela Lavine of North Reading, the late Denise Lavine and the late Patricia Langston. He was the dear “Poppy” of the Lavine grandchildren and great-grandchildren and is further survived by his nieces, nephews and their families.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Friday, March 18th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. A Service to Celebrate Joe’s life will take place at the Funeral Home on Saturday, March 19th at 11:30 a.m. followed by interment with Military Honors in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Joe’s memory to the Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887 or to a Charity of Your Choice.

Joseph Deegan

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