Obituaries

Balestrieri, Joseph

August 10th, 2010

Joseph V. Balestrieri, age 93, a long-time Wilmington resident, died peacefully with his family at his side, on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, at the E. N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford.

Born on March 4, 1917, in Woburn, MA, he was the cherished son of the late Alexander and Mary (Lutrario) Balestrieri. Joe grew up in Woburn and was a graduate of Woburn High School.

Joe enlisted in the United States Army on August 21, 1940, he actively and proudly served all over Europe during World War II with Company B 171st Engineer Combat Battalion earning many commendations including the Purple Heart for his heroic service. Joe was honorably discharged as a First Sergeant on June 23, 1945.

Joe married Louise Gilson on February 22, 1947 and they moved to Wilmington in 1949 where they raised their two sons.

Joe proudly served as a Wilmington Police Officer and then town dog officer for many years before retiring in 1980. Following his retirement, Joe was a crossing guard for the Wilmington School System and was stationed by the West Intermediate School, Joe always a smile on his face and a kind word for the kids.

Joe was also the proprietor of Wilmington’s own “Joe’s Taxi Cab” Company for over 35 years and if you were a “townie” we’re sure Joe taxied you around at one time or another.

Joe was very active in his community and belonged to many organizations such as the Police Association, American Legion, Wilmington V.F.W., Disabled American Veterans, Wilmington Senior Center where he enjoyed the many activities and card games, and the Billerica Elks.

When Joe’s health permitted, and even when it didn’t, he proudly attended every Veterans Day and Memorial Day celebration in Wilmington. Joe was a PROUD AMERICAN and wanted to share that with everyone.

Joe loved his family, he cherished the many holidays, dinners, family vacations, and every occasion that they could be together. He loved his wife dearly, he was a devoted father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend.

Joe will be fondly remembered for being a great cook, he enjoyed card playing, trying to “hit” the lottery, reading the Herald not the Globe, his great smile, personality, and his love of America.

Joe will be greatly missed by many.

Joe was the beloved husband of the late Louise (Gilson) Balestrieri, devoted father of Joseph V. Balestrieri, Jr. & his wife Dotty of Billerica, Gary Balestrieri & his wife Marsha of Wilmington, loving grandfather of Glen Balestrieri, Wendi Balkan & her husband Michael, Tamie Harris & her husband David, Gregory Balestrieri & his fiancé Jessica Roy, great-grandchildren Mikayla, Olivia, & Ciara Balkan and Alessandra Harris, dear brother of Ernie & Doris Balestrieri, Albert & the late Marie Balestrieri, and Eva Flynn all of Woburn, Richard & Barbara Balestrieri of Wilmington, Eleanor & the late Howard Britt of Chelmsford, and the late Anna, Salvatore, George, and Louie Balestrieri. Joe is survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, August 13th at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, 351 Main St. (Rte. 38) Woburn at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Thursday, August 12th from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Joseph’s name may be made to E. N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Building 4 Ward D Second Floor, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730.

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7 Entries in Guest Book for “Balestrieri, Joseph”

  1. Patricia Varney says:

    To All The Balestrieie Family, I am so sorry to hear about the pasing of Mr. B he was a great guy. It was a pleasure to know him all my life. you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!

  2. The kids says:

    We love you dad, and will miss you greatly.
    Joey,Gary, Dotty And Marsha

  3. Brian & Priscilla Anderson says:

    I remember Joe, from growing up around the corner on Clark Street.

    Joe was always a very nice friendly man.

    We are deeply sorry for loss.

    Brian & Priscilla (Martell) Anderson

  4. James and Mary Strojny says:

    Joe, Dot and the entire Balestrieri Family,
    Please except Mary and my sympathies our condolences on the lost of a true American Hero in your Father/Grandfather. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult of times. Our world is a better place, due to people like him.
    God Bless.
    Mary and Jim Strojny

  5. James and Mary Strojny says:

    Joe, Dot and the entire Balestrieri Family,
    Please except Mary and my sympathies and our condolences on the lost of a true American Hero in your Father/Grandfather. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult of times. Our world is a better place, due to people like him.
    God Bless.
    Mary and Jim Strojny

  6. Helen and Bill Harris says:

    We only met Joe a few times.So sorry to hear about his death.From reading his record I know he was a proud americian. I am sure anyone would be honored to call him dad. Helen and Bill Harris

  7. Leisa Park says:

    So sorry to hear of Joe’s Passing. I grew up on washington ave and remember him always saying Hi. He was such a nice man.
    Leisa Park

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