Lowell — Joseph Francis Brodeur, 88, of Lowell, husband of Agnes (Camara) Brodeur, with whom he celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary this past March, died Sunday, June 23, at D’Youville Senior Health Care Center with his family by his side after a long battle with cancer.
A son of the late Joseph C. and the late Mary Ellen (Coope) Brodeur, he was born December 22, 1924, in Lowell, and educated in the local schools, graduating from Lowell High School, as well as Lowell Trade School and the Boston Naval Apprentice School.
A U. S. Army veteran of World War II, he served with the Americal Division from 1943 to 1945. He was also a lead scout in the Intelligance and Reconnaissance Platoon, receiving the Combat Infantry Badge, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal with Two Battle Stars, the Phillipine Liberation Medal with Two Battle Stars, the Phillipine Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal Japan, and the Victory Medal World War II.
Mr. Brodeur was employed as a foreman woodworker at the Boston Naval Shipyard for over 30 years, and worked on the overhaul and restoration of Old Ironsides. After his experience with the U.S.S. Constitution, he was hired as a consultant for the restoration of the U.S.S. Constellation in Baltimore.
Joseph was involved with the youth of Lowell for 40 years with various Youth Hockey Programs, the Lowell Youth Hockey Association, the Northern Middlesex Hockey Association, and the Greater Lowell Hockey Association. He served on their board of directors, and coached various teams, as well as mostly working with the learn-to-skate and play hockey programs. He also helped during summers with the tennis program at the Boys and Girls Club of Lowell, and could be seen weekly at the back tennis courts of Shedd Park playing a mixed group of seniors and other tennis players from Monday through Saturday in a round robin setup. In addition, he also enjoyed his visits to the Lowell Senior Center, was involved with the Back Central Street Neighborhood Association, and took care of the Jolene Dubner Park.
In addition to his loving wife, Agnes, he is survived by his children, Maria Talbot and her husband, James of Mansfield, Joseph D. Brodeur of Lewiston, Maine, Dennis C. Brodeur of Lowell, Gail-Ann Brodeur and her husband, Howard W. Martin of Dracut, Kevin Matthew Brodeur and his wife, Paula of Merrimack, N.H., and Christine E. Cote and her husband, Joseph William of Waterford, Conn.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his brother, Edward Brodeur and his wife, Barbara of Pelham, N.H.; his sisters, M. Jean Dancause and her husband, Phillip of Lowell, and Evelyn Silva and her husband, Arthur of Groton; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also a brother of the late Ernest Brodeur, the late C. Lorraine Russell and the late Dorothy Renaud.
His family would also like to thank the Lowell VNA Hospice Program for the compassionate care he received.
ARRANGEMENTS: You are invited to his calling hours, 4 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, June 26. On Thursday, his funeral will begin at 9 a.m. at the McDonough Funeral Home, 14 Highland St., Lowell, 978-458-6816. His Funeral Mass will be offered at Holy Family Parish, 30 Grafton St., Lowell, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery. Memorials in his name may be made to Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell, 336 Church St., Lowell, MA 01852, or Holy Family Parish, 30 Grafton St., Lowell, MA 01852. For online condolences, please visit www.mcdonoughfuneralhome.com.