Lawrence — Joseph S. Giuffrida, a lifelong resident of Lawrence, passed away peacefully on Sunday, surrounded by his loving family. Joe was born on November 8, 1924, and was the son of Petrina and Giusseppe Giuffrida. He attended Holy Rosary Grammar School and Lawrence High School. He later went on to receive his professional designation of M.A.A. (Massachusetts Accredited Assessor) at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Joe began his work career as a driver for the Eagle Wonder Cleaners, where he met his future wife ... the boss' daughter, Sandy. They were married in 1946. He worked for more than 20 years for the H.P. Hood Co. as a milkman, supervisor and later as the vice president of the Hood Credit Union.
In 1968, the Honorable Joseph Bacigaluppo, Justice of the Lawrence District Court, appointed Joe the first official Court Officer, followed by Deputy Probation Officer, due to his ability to communicate with juveniles. Joe was then appointed Assistant Registrar of Deeds by John J. Buckley, which he did for three 3 years in conjunction with his position of Deputy Probation Officer, at the request of Judge Bacigaluppo. One year later, Joe became acting Registrar of Deeds and Assistant Land Court Recorder. A vacancy in the Assessor’s Department in Lawrence City Hall, prompted Joe to apply. He was selected, and four years later, was appointed by the Mayor as Chairman of the Board and Chief Assessor. In October 2008, Joe retired from this position after 36 years of service to the City of Lawrence.
Joe was dedicated to the Order Sons of Italy since he joined over 50 years ago. He had served for 24 consecutive years as an immediate member of the Grand Council. During his early years, he served as Orator, as Trustee and Chairman of the Community Center Trust. Following many years of faithful service to Lawrence Lodge 902, the brothers and sisters of Lodge 902 honored him for his accomplishments in 1994. On the Sons of Italy Grand Lodge level, Joe served as State Trustee for 8 years, Chairman of the State Trustees for 3 years, State Financial Secretary for 4 years, and State Orator for 4 years, State 1st Vice President for 2 years, and State President for 4 years. As a member of the State Council he chaired the committee to review the State By-Laws, chaired a reception for the Italian Council General, chaired the United Cerebral Palsy Telethon for 4 years, served as a member of the Italian Cultural Commission, liaison to the Italian Student Ambassador Program, liaison to the cable program Tele-Italia, a member of the Italian Republic Day Committee for 3 years and then Chairman. Joe worked to promote the teaching of Italian in public high schools with the President of the Senate in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Joe was also a Supreme Lodge Member of the Immigration Committee, former Deputy of the Ohio Grand Lodge, a member of the National Commission for Social Justice, a member of the Supreme Council O.S.I.A., a member of the advisory board of the Don Orione Home and Madonna Queen National Shrine.
Joe was a member of the St. Alfio Society for 52 years, serving as treasurer for 30 of those years, as well as a member of the council. He also was a member of the board of directors of the Casa Monte Cassino, a home away from home that brings people from Italy and other countries that need medical care at a Boston Hospital, a member of the American Heart Association, member of the Holy Family Guild, member and past president for 2 years of the Essex County Assessor’s Association, and past president of the Legislative Council. He was a faithful communicant of the Holy Rosary Church at Corpus Christi Parish. He was also involved with programs such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, YWCA Battered Women, Abused Children, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Joe was predeceased by his loving wife of 66 years, Sandy; and brother, Mario Giuffrida. His family includes his cherished daughters, Patricia and husband, Nelson Mariano, of Lawrence, Jo-Anne and husband, Scott Corcoran, of Methuen; grandchildren, Joseph Mariano and his wife, Kelly (Stevens), and Christina Mariano. Joe was proudest of his great-grandson, Anthony Joseph Mariano. Joe is also survived by a godchild, Ida Vasta of Lawrence; as well as nephews, Richard Giuffrida and his wife, JoAnn, and Ronald Giuffrida and Kathy Burke, all of Chicago.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, November 22, from 2 to 8 p.m., at the Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley Street, Methuen. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., on Saturday, November 23, at Corpus Christi Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 35 Essex Street, Lawrence. Interment will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Lawrence.
Contributions in Joe’s memory may be made to the St. Alfio Society, 20 Common Street, Lawrence, MA 01841. For directions, or to offer condolences, please visit www.cataudellafh.com.