Capt. Joseph's Story
Capt. Joseph Brancaleone, known to many as “Pino,” passed on to eternal Peace with his beloved wife, Grace holding his hand and his devoted children and family by his side on Monday, February 6, 2017.
Joe was born to Giuseppe and Lucia Brancaleone in Terrasini, Sicily, Italy on July 24, 1929. Joe, his mother, and his three brothers moved to Gloucester in 1938 to join his father who had established himself as a commercial fisherman.
Joe attended Gloucester Public Schools until the age of 14 and joined his family in fishing. In l951, Joe joined the U.S. Army and served in the 196th Regimental Combat Team. He received a Commendation Medal for participating in “Operation Totem Pole” while stationed in Port of Haines, Alaska during the Korean War. While in the Army he married his devoted wife, Grace (Lucido) Brancaleone in 1952. They both moved to Alaska until he was honorably discharged. Joe went back to the family fishing business. He served at various times as Captain of the Joseph & Lucia I, II and III and also was Chief Engineer of the 95 foot steel trawler, Joseph & Lucia II.
During his retirement, he was a member of many motorhome travel clubs and enjoyed traveling all over the United States. He enjoyed wintering in Florida with his brothers that he loved dearly. He especially enjoyed time with his family, with Christmas and 4th of July being his favorites.
Joe was a lifelong member of the Gloucester AMVETS Post 32 and Gloucester American Legion and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, where he served as a 2nd degree Knight.
In addition to his wife, Grace, he is survived by his children, Giuseppe Brancaleone and wife, Audrey, Lucia Taormina and her husband, Michael, Thomas Brancaleone and wife, Carmela, Anthony Brancaleone and wife, Cristina, Mario Brancaleone and wife, Joanna, and daughter-in-law Brenda Brancaleone; grandchildren, Alyssa Harris and her husband, Grant, Amanda Brancaleone and her fiancé, Anthony Cotter, Giuseppe Brancaleone, Jr. and wife, Rebecca, Joseph Brancaleone and wife, Renee, Richard Brancaleone and wife, Kathleen, Salvatore Brancaleone, Dominic Taormina and wife, Rosa, Grace White and husband, Keith, Joseph Brancaleone, Grace Brancaleone, Joseph Brancaleone and Grace Brancaleone; great-grandchildren, Gavin and Averie Harris, Leah Cotter, Clayton Brancaleone, Valentina and Alessia Taormina and Michael White.
He was predeceased by his infant son, Giuseppe and his son, Salvatore Brancaleone; parents, Giuseppe and Lucia Brancaleone; brothers, Gaetano, Antonio and Antonino Brancaleone.
His funeral service will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester on Saturday, February 11, at 10:15 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass in St. Ann’s Church at 11 a.m. Extended family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery.
Contributions may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.