Joseph J. Parrella Jr., “Joe”

June 1st, 2019

Joseph J. Parrella Jr., “Joe”, age 66, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2019.

Joe was born in Boston, MA on August 15, 1952; he was the dear son of the late Joseph and Sophie Parrella. Joe was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1970.

Joe was an “outdoorsman” who enjoyed going hunting and camping with his family and friends. He was also an avid boater who loved to go sailing and worked towards getting his Captain’s license which he earned many years ago.

Joe worked hard; he was a talented carpenter and the founder of United Construction Company in Wilmington. Joe also was very active in Wilmington’s permanent Building Committee for many years and was instrumental in the building of the new Wilmington High School.

Joe will be remembered as a “quiet guy” who loved his family, his friends and his town; he will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Joe was the beloved husband of Sharon Kelley-Parrella (Mahoney), devoted father of Linda Ducharme & her husband Bob of Wilmington, Joseph Parrella & his wife Jess of Westford, Matthew Parrella & his wife Jess of Sandown, NH, Robert Baronowski of Derry, NH and Lyndsey & Michael Rice of Sterling. Loving “Pa” of Rob, Michael, Kylie, Joseph, Jake, Avery and Tyler. Cherished son of the late Joseph and Sophie (Golebiewski) Parrella, dear brother of Cindie McCue and Sandy Cosman both of Wilmington. Joe is also survived by his nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, June 8th for Visiting Hours from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, immediately followed by a Celebration of Life at 12:00 noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the American Stroke Foundation, 6405 Metcalf Ave., Ste. 214, Mission, KS 66202.


15 Entries in Guest Book for “Joseph J. Parrella Jr., “Joe””

  1. Melinda Scarlett says:

    So many good memories of Homeroom throughout intermediate and high school.

  2. Judson Miller says:

    So very sorry to hear this news.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time of great loss.

  3. Trudy Kennedy Sullivan says:

    So sorry for your loss. We grew up with Joe on Ballardvale St. When 93 was split we still went to the Evans Farm every Sunday for eggs! Joe was always one of my favorite people. Such a kind soul!

  4. Frank West says:

    Sharon – sorry to hear of Joe’s passing and sympathies to you and your family.

  5. Andrea Gillis says:

    So sorry Linda & Bob for your loss, our thoughts & prayers are with you!????????

  6. Jack Holloway says:

    Sorry to lose such a good friend. We will miss Joe

  7. Beverly OConnell says:

    “Joey” was introduced to me in the 7th grade. In French class, that class stands out, but we were in other classes together. Over the years we lost touch – life gets busy..etc. Then, later years, I got to know him a lot better. I had no idea how many interests he had and he was such a good guy. 100% devoted to his family and friends. I’d like to remember him on Capt Easy, his beautiful boat, with a big smile, maybe heading South to the Keys; Sending sympathy to his wife, our classmate Sharon, and to his family who he was so proud of. He will be missed for sure.

  8. Jimbo McHugh says:

    Dear Linda and Family,
    So Sorry to hear about your families loss. Sending our thoughts and prayers to you all during this difficult time.

  9. cheryl emery says:

    so sorry for your family, Sharon. loved his quiet ways
    he will be missed

  10. Mike Shay says:

    Joe was always a fair and honest businessman responsible for building a large part of Wilmington. He was quiet and humble and I am proud to say that I knew him

  11. Fred maidment says:

    Linda, my sincere condolences to you and your brothers my thoughts and prayers are with you at such a sad time

  12. Gary Cieplik says:

    Sharon, I’m so sorry for your loss. If there is anything I can do, please don’t hesitate to ask.

  13. Louise Henderson Cain says:

    Cindy, I am so sorry for your loss, it hurts to lose a sibling whom you shared fond childhood memories.

  14. Ray Ventura says:

    My condolences to the whole family. He talked the world of you when we spoke. I couldn’t have had a better partner in business than Joe. I left for personal reasons but he was already becoming a rock star. I make trips back to Wilmington with my family and they’re starting to complain of repeated stories I tell of the projects he ad I did. He’ll be up there soon, building something. Hold on to your memories.

  15. Beverly & David Fuller says:

    Sandra & Cindie, we are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers go out to you & all the family.

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