Methuen — Joseph M. DeMonaco Jr., of Methuen, passed away suddenly at his home on Sunday, January 26, 2014. “Joe” was born in Lawrence on November 24, 1929, and was the son of Joseph and Angelina (Depari) DeMonaco.
Joe grew up in a large, caring family with seven brothers and two sisters. The love, compassion and discipline which he garnered from his loving, but strict, father and mother, would serve him well throughout his life.
Joe, truly loved his family and that love was profoundly reciprocated. His happiest moments were spent with his family and grandchildren. He was, especially, fond of traveling to the West Coast to visit with his daughter, son and their families, who resided there. He also cherished his time spent with his longtime partner. Winifred “Winky” Camire.
Joe and his family were extremely proud of his service in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He was a decorated combat veteran, who bravely fought on the frozen tundra of the historic, chosen reservoir encounter with the North Koreans. His combat photo was recently featured in “North of Boston: Salute to Veterans” compiled by the Eagle Tribune.
Following his service in the military, Joe became the general manager of Symphonics Electronics in Lowell. In that capacity, he was responsible for the production and distribution of their diverse product line. He was also an accomplished Italian cook, who catered and cooked at various, local venues.
He was a member of several, award-winning barber shop quartets and traveled extensively with those groups, earning professional respect and recognition.
Joe’s handsome countenance and engaging personality resulted in him developing a myriad of lasting relationships throughout his life. Most recently, he enjoyed mutually, rewarding friendships with his Sargent Club “buddies,” with whom he spent time, locally, as well as traveling for vacation and sporting events. All his friends knew early on that Joe was the “Genuine Article.”
Joe’s relationship with his only surviving brother, Carmine, was extremely close and loving. They shared coffee time, doctor’s appointments, beach excursions, and lunches, together. Carmine was always available to accommodate Joe’s requirements, especially in recent years, when Joe no longer drove. Their mutual, brotherly love was palatable and apparent to all who observed that warm, fraternal bond.
Joe was predeceased by his wife, Janet (Boisvert); his siblings Albert, Henry, Mary (Fulciniti), Dorothy (Perillo), John, Harold, Salvatore, and Pasquale.
He is survived by his daughters, Tracy DeMonaco and husband, Doug Schwoerke of San Diego, Calif., Gina Harnett and husband, Kevin, of Haverhill, Mass., and Amy Jacobs and husband, Robert, of Windham, N.H.; his son, Scott and husband, Kevin Waldvogel of Los Angeles, Calif.; his brother, Carmine and wife, Cecile, of Atkinson, N.H.; his grandchildren, Jeremy Goddard and his wife, Carolynn, of Methuen, Jonathan Goddard and his fiancée, Katelyn Croteau of Haverhill, and Adam, Brandon, Cameron, and Danielle Jacobs of Windham; and many nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, January 30, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen. Funeral services will be on Friday, at 10 a.m., in the funeral home. Interment will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Lawrence. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For directions and condolences, please visit www.cataudellafh.com.