Joe was born in Lowell, MA on December 13, 1968; he was the cherished son of the late Thomas and Audrey (Howie) Zanoli. Joe was raised in Billerica and was a graduate of Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford, MA.
Joe was appointed to the Laconia, New Hampshire Police Department in 1993 before transferring to the Lowell Massachusetts Police Department where he was appointed in 1994. While working with the Lowell Police Department, Joe was involved with the Dive Team, C-Pac, and the detective division until 2007 when he took a position with the Boston Police Department. Joe was assigned to the Dorchester area of Boston but worked all over the city. Joe had many dear friends and colleagues in both Police Departments who will miss him dearly.
Family was always first and foremost to Joe; he was a wonderful companion, son, brother, uncle, but most of all he was an amazing dad to Luke and Gavin. Joe cherished every moment he spent with his sons, he enjoyed going to their school and sporting events; he was always their biggest fan.
In his spare time Joe enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and taking in a good game of golf.
Joe will be fondly remembered as a quiet guy, gentle, loving, and caring; he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Joe was the beloved partner of Melissa Mullen of Wilmington, devoted father of Luke T. Zanoli of Bourne and Gavin B. Zanoli of Wilmington. Cherished son of the late Thomas and Audrey (Howie) Zanoli, dear brother of Louis Zanoli of Minnesota, William Zanoli and Elizabeth Forgione & her husband Stephen all of Derry, NH, Thomas Zanoli of Billerica, and Michael Zanoli of Lowell. Loving uncle of many nieces and nephews. Joe was also very special to Kristin Zanoli LeClair of Bourne, Fran and Janet Mullen, Brian and Jen Maguire all of Wilmington, and Brian and Dawn Mullen of Methuen. Joe is further survived by many dear friends and fellow Police Officers in Boston and Lowell.
Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Monday, May 11th from 3-8 p.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Thomas of Villanova Church on Tuesday, May 12th at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the Joseph Zanoli Memorial Fund, c/o Janet Mullen, 22 High St., Wilmington, MA 01887.