Spezzano, Joseph Guy
Age 84, of Wellesley, passed away on September 24, 2020 with his beloved wife of 61 years, Lucy Marini, by his side. Joe was born in Thompsonville, MA and grew up on ‘The Farm’. He graduated from Newton High School In 1954 and immediately joined the Air force. He was stationed in Alaska where he was proud to serve his country and honored to be selected to pitch for the semi-pro baseball team. Both Joe and his family were very proud of his service and love for his country.
Joe worked for RCA and Raytheon prior to owning and operating Natick Lawn Mower until his retirement in 2002. He moved to Wellesley in 1962 where he raised his loving family. Above all else, Joe will be remembered for love of family, friends, and everybody who was fortunate enough to share a seat at his table. Joe's gatherings were all about food; most notably for his Christmas Eve Feasts, July 4th Lobster Festivus on Province Lake, and any gathering that needed a master chef. Most importantly he will be remembered for his generosity and selfless love for all who had the privilege of knowing him. Joe was the go-to guy if you needed help, a friend, or just somebody to talk about sports, especially the Red Sox. He was a father to many loved ones beyond his immediate family. To his nieces, nephews, and extended family, he was "Uncle Joe", and his teasing was world class.
Joe and Lucy discovered their adventurous spirit later in life when they traveled to Italy numerous times, always accompanied by their siblings and cousins. They frequently visited family members in California and Arizona to enjoy the warm weather. He loved to watch horse racing and always bet on the gray horse. Joe fulfilled a lifelong dream and visited Cuba in 2018.
Joe was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Anita Spezzano. He leaves behind his loving wife Lucy (Marini), children Joseph and wife June of Portsmouth, NH, Donna Dennis and husband Russell of Tucson, AZ, Karen Murphy and husband John of West Dennis, Kevin and wife Carol of Medway, and David and wife Diana of Needham; 12 grandchildren Daniel, Nicolas, Julia, Kyle, Conor, Marisa, Fallon, Cameron, Alexandra, Max, Katherine, and Andrew. Brother to Judy D'Antonio, Richard Spezzano (Carole), and Paul Spezzano. Fondly remembered by many sister and brother in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Family and friends will honor and remember Joe's life by gathering for calling hours on Monday, September 28th from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Andrew J Magni & Son Funeral Home, 365 Watertown Street, Rt. 16, Newton. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 502 Washington St. Wellesley on Tuesday, September 29th at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John M Barry Boys and Girls Club and the Elizabeth Seton Residence in Wellesley.