Joseph Albanese

Joseph "Big Joe" Albanese

Monday, April 9th, 1923 - Friday, January 11th, 2019
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Albanese, Joseph "Big Joe" In Plymouth, MA, formerly of East Boston, January 11, 2019. Beloved father of Joanne Maddux of Rotonda West, FL, Joseph Albanese (Joey/Little Joe) of Plymouth, MA, Thomas “Tommy” Albanese of St. Petersburg, FL, and the late Barbara Cunningham. Husband to Rita and Frances. Cherished grandfather to Tricia La Broad and Daryl Cunningham, and loving great grandfather to Angelina, Nicholas, James and Michael. Son of the late Dominic and Madeline (Corsi) Albanese. Brother of the late Phyllis "Minnie" Saviano, Ann Gallo, Francis, Phil, Tom “Pee Wee” and Ray Albanese. Also survived by many nieces and nephews, who he loved and who loved him.

Family and friends will honor Joseph’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St. REVERE on Tuesday, January 15th from 4:00PM to 8:00PM and again at 10:00AM Wednesday morning before leaving in procession to St. Anthony’s Church in Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in his honor at 11:00AM. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

In lieu of flowers Donations can be made in Joseph’s name to prostate cancer research and organizations such as ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer” 515 King St. Suite 420 Alexandria, VA 22314.

To Big Joe, “La Famiglia” was always most important. He raised two daughters and two sons whom he cherished as much as they cherished him. He supported his family as a shop foreman at Lawson Machine & Tool and later at Atlantic Steel.

Throughout his life he loved sports. And although he played amateur baseball when he was younger, his true passion was boxing. As an amateur boxer he earned the Golden Gloves for New England in his weight class. As a professional middleweight his record was 21 wins, with 10 knockouts and only 6 losses. He followed the Red Sox religiously during their heartbreaking years, however he had a particular love for football which solely extended to “his” Pats.

When he was younger, he loved to travel to the beaches and sun of Miami, and come back tanned dark brown with a smile on his face for weeks. His passion for traveling extended to taking his family on “road trips” to destinations like The World’s Fair, Atlantic City, and extended trips to Tennessee and then Minnesota to visit with Joanne. He even flew to Colorado to spend time with Joey.

Big Joe always had a great appetite and finished EVERYTHING on his plate. He loved to eat at Javeli’s and had meals delivered from Spinelli’s. However, nothing compared to his trips to Dunkin Donuts for his coffee with a donut (Boston Cream was his favorite). He enjoyed sitting in Central Square or Up the Heights, but it really didn’t matter. Anywhere in Boston, Massachusetts, or the country, he had to have his DDs. Not Krispy Kreme, not Winchell’s, not Honey Dew. Only Dunkin Donuts would do. One time when he visited Joey in Colorado Springs he got off the plane and asked Joe to take him to Dunkin Donuts before going to the house. This was at 8:00 at night!

For the past few years he lived in Plymouth with Joey but no matter where he was, his heart never left East Boston and his house on Princeton Street. In the day, he would often be seen hanging out in Maverick Square with his brother Tom “Pee Wee” and when younger he tended bar for Pee Wee at the U.S. Café.

In Plymouth he loved to look out at the ocean, but he often talked of moving back to Princeton Street when he was well enough to climb the stairs.

Big Joe always knew what he loved in life. Throughout the years he helped and touched many. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

In lieu of flowers donations in his memory can be made to prostate cancer research and organizations such as “ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer”
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Beechwood Funeral Home
    262 Beach Street
    REVERE, MA 02151
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  • Service

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Anthony's Church, Revere
  • Interment

    Woodlawn Cemetery
    302 Elm Street
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Posted at 01:15pm
Please accept my sympathy for the death of your dear Mr. Albanese.
Your heavenly Father shares the loss also (Ezekiel 18:32).  He has wonderful plans for his future (Hosea 13:14; Revelation 21:3-5).   Here is the link to a short video about the hope for our dead loved ones that has helped me over the years: I sincerely hope it will benefit you as well.  My heartfelt condolences to all of you.   Psalm 37:11, 29; Philippians 4:6-7.

Lisa Stone

Posted at 09:17am
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Pamela Boudrot

Posted at 05:44pm
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Richard Gallo

Posted at 02:07pm
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