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GLOUCESTER, MA - Ronald M. Joseph, 86, of Gloucester, forever companion of Priscilla Cunningham, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Ronald was born in Gloucester, Mass., on April 17, 1931, the son of the late Herbert and Delia (Zion) Joseph. Ron grew up in Gloucester and attended St. Ann's School. He left school to join the Navy and then served in the Coast Guard for over 20 years. He served proudly in the Philippines during the Vietnam War and when he came home he worked for the Merrimack River Search & Rescue Station, retiring in 1971. Ron was the last Lighthouse Keeper of 10 Pound Island and was involved in many rescues off of Cape Ann and the Merrimack River area. Being a hard worker and a busy man, he also owned and operated Joseph's Market on Maplewood Avenue and retired from that business in 1985. He and Priscilla loved vacationing in St. Maarten and did so for over 25 years with their good friends, Russ and Pat. Ron also loved horse racing, his cigars, scratch tickets, and was an avid reader of history. Ron was also a member of the VFW. But his most favorite moments and times were taking care of his children and grandchildren. He was a grandfather to everyone. A loving man will be truly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his forever loving companion of 32 years, Priscilla; his sons, Philip Joseph and his fiancé, Annie Keane of Gloucester, Gary Joseph and his partner, Tim Maruska of New Jersey; daughters, Roni Michele Joseph, Patti Joseph and her wife, Mary Lawlor, Lori Thorstensen and her husband, Lee, all of Gloucester; grandchildren, Philip Joseph Jr. and his wife, Lauren, and Bryan Joseph and his fiancé, Melissa Unis, all of Gloucester; and a special grandchild, Connor Romaine; his friend and former wife, Mary Lou Joseph of Gloucester; a brother, Richard Joseph of Gloucester; sisters, Nancy Jabba and Carol Stevens of Gloucester and Barbara Chidiac and her husband, Joseph of Peabody; sister-in-law, Helen Joseph of Gloucester; a great-aunt, Ruby Zine of Wareham, Mass.; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brothers, Herbert Joseph Jr., John Joseph and Philip Joseph; and a sister, Helen Matta.
Visiting hours in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., will be held on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m. Family and friends are cordially invited. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, December 20, in Calvary Cemetery, Eastern Avenue, at 9:30 a.m. Contributions may be made in his memory to Office of Veteran's Services, City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930 (please make checks out to "Veteran's Services"). Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 17, 2017
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