OBITUARY: Joseph J. Castronovo, Sr., 80

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Joseph J. Castronovo, Sr., “Joe”, age 80, of Tewksbury, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away in his home on June 22, 2022 with the love of his life, Christine, by his side.

Joe was born on January 12, 1942, in Boston, MA; he was the son of the late Salvatore and Josephine (Lagrassa) Castronovo. Joe was raised in the North End of Boston and graduated from Charlestown High School.

Joe learned the electrical trade and worked in the Charlestown Naval Shipyard on submarines. He enlisted in the Army National Guard and on June 21, 1959, Joe was called for the Cuban Missile Crisis at the Bay of Pigs. Joe served on active duty for six months before returning to the National Guard. He completed his service and was honorably discharged on February 25, 1963.

Joe returned home and continued his electrical career; he was extremely knowledgeable and loved his job. Joe made many friends throughout his years as an electrician. He worked for several companies before being hired as an electrical supervisor at Brandeis University. Joe was very well-respected; he was known for his dedication and being a reliable source of information. After many years at Brandeis, Joe retired.

Joe’s family was most important to him; he married Christine H. (Judge) Castronovo on September 19, 1975; they moved to Wilmington, where they raised their children, John, Michelle, and Joseph, Jr. Joe loved being a dad; he looked forward to spending time with them, whether it was attending their sports, or a family holiday, Joe was there. Joe was so proud when he became “Papa” to his grandchildren; he thought it was a privilege to have the name Papa and loved every minute he spent with them.

In his spare time, Joe enjoyed being “Mr. Fix-It”; there wasn’t anything Joe couldn’t fix. Joe’s children always said, “if Dad can’t fix it, no one can.” He enjoyed the challenge of miraculous repairs. Joe also loved to paint, especially lawn statues. He was so proud of his work and loved to show off his creative talents. Joe also enjoyed his trips to the casino; win or lose, Joe always knew how to have a good time. Joe will be remembered for his kind and loving personality. He will be missed by his loving family.

Joe was the beloved husband of Christine H. (Judge) Castronovo, devoted father of John Mullowney & his fiancé Iraska of Lynn, Michelle Bodoin & her husband Steve of Dunstable, and Joseph Castronovo, Jr. & his wife Nicole of Merrimack, NH, loving “Papa” of Lyric, Brooke, Brayden, Brianna, Christopher, Cameron, Caitlin, Joey III, and Jillian, dear brother of Connie Castronovo of Wilmington and the late Mary Barysky & her late husband Peter and the late Carlo Castronovo & his late wife Kathy. Joe is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, June 27th at 9:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, June 26th from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Joe’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Joseph J. Castronovo

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