“Each mayor that Joe served with never had to worry when Joe was at the helm. Lawrence has lost a great public servant,” Sullivan said.
Giuffrida was also active in the St. Alfio Society, which organizes the city’s annual Feast of the Three Saints, the Massachusetts Sons of Italy and was a devoted parishioner at Holy Rosary Church. He also served on the board of directors of Casa Monte Cassino, an international charity based in the North End of Boston that assists children who need vision surgery.
A die-hard Patriots fan, Giuffrida enjoyed watching football with the family, Mariano said.
In the 2008 interview, Giuffrida credited his physical health and professional success to his wife Sandy. “The secret has been living with my wife and knowing when to compromise,” he said.
Giuffrida is survived by Mariano and her husband Nelson, his daughter Jo-Anne Corcoran and her husband Scott, grandchildren Joseph Mariano and his wife Kelly (Stevens) and Christina Mariano, and a great grandson, Anthony, 2.
Mariano watches Anthony during the daytime and often brought the toddler over to see his great-grandfather, she said.
“He loved the baby so much,” she said.
Arrangements are being handled by the Cataudella Funeral Home of Methuen. Mariano said the procession will drive by Lawrence City Hall, “his second home,” the day of the funeral.
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