Boston Police Officer Joseph M. Zanoli

May 8th, 2015

Boston Police Officer Joseph M. Zanoli, age 46, of Wilmington and Boston, formerly of Billerica, died unexpectedly at home on May 7, 2015.

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.


20 Entries in Guest Book for “Boston Police Officer Joseph M. Zanoli”

  1. Mike Zanoli says:

    I love you my brother and best friend.I know you tried your best not to leave us. Our hearts are broken and we will think of you everyday!! I love you pal

  2. john debbie larock says:

    to our good friend mike our hearts go out to you and your family. joe will be missed by all.

  3. Kelly Stanton says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My every thought and prayer will be with you and Gavin. Cherish every memory that you both have

  4. Erin Antinarelli says:

    Thinking of you and your family Melissa.
    Love, Fred and Erin Antinarelli

  5. Nicolette Doucette says:

    I’ve never met you but sure sounds like you a wonderful human being.I’m a mom from the wildwood who is truly sorry for everyone’s loss.R.I.P

  6. Wanda Vitagliano says:

    Lou, Sorry to hear of your loss.
    Hope you and your family are well.
    (former Harborside Hyatt employee)

  7. George Tombarello says:

    So sorry to hear about Joe. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. Jean Erwin says:

    Joe and I were so sorry too hear of Joe’s passing. Always remember all of the
    good times. God Bless you and Gavin.
    Love, Jean and Joe

  9. Nikki says:

    Words cannot express how deeply saddened I am by the loss of Joe. Never forget you. Love you!

  10. donna butt says:

    we are sorry for your family’s loss.

  11. Hebb Family says:

    Our sincere sympathy to Luke and your family for the loss of your Dad. We thank him for all his service you can be proud. God Bless The Hebb Family.

  12. Michelle Robinson Palumbo says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Joe was an amazing man.
    I will miss him forever.

  13. Frank Melvin says:

    My love and thoughts are with you all. Gonna miss you on the links, Joey!

  14. Colleen Brady says:

    Dear Melissa, I am so sorry for your loss. My sincerest condolences. Colleen

  15. The Smith Family says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss…. Joe’s pride and love of Gavin reflected in Gavin’s eyes everyday! May you find comfort in family and friends and may the Heavenly Father hold you and Gavin and the remainder of the family close as you begin this incredibly difficult journey. My thoughts and prayers are with you today and everyday! My extra prayers will be for the strength of precious young Gavin with each continued day.

  16. Giammarco Family says:

    We are so saddened to hear of your loss. Joe was a remarkable father who adored his family. We will remember what a wonderful parent he was and a great friend. We will miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  17. David Coderre says:

    Condolences from Florida. Joe’s visits will be missed dearly.

  18. Arlene McKinnon says:

    Melissa, my heart goes out to you in your time of sadness.

  19. Kerri Eldredge says:

    Dear Melissa, Gavin, Luke(y), and to all of Joe’s loving family: I am shocked and saddened to just learn of Joe’s passing. Joe and I became friendly because of his adorable son, Gavin. I became very fond of them both. I saw how much Gavin adored his Dad and I saw Joe for the amazing, loving father that he was. He would often speak fondly of Luke, as well. My heart is broken for them both. I am deeply sorry to all of you who loved him dearly. May you find moments of comfort and peace during this time. May you feel his presence in your life, always. I will miss him dearly and never forget him.

  20. Lizz Forgione says:

    I will miss you forever my brother. You meant the world to me. I’m lost without you.. So broken now.

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