Joseph P. Lento, Jr.

October 24th, 2016

Joseph P. Lento, Jr. “Joe” age 76, of Wilmington, formerly of Somerville, died peacefully at home on Monday, October 24, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

Joe was born on March 25, 1940, in Boston, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Joseph P., Sr. and Carmella (D’Ambrosio) Lento. Joe was raised in the North End of Boston and was a graduate of Charlestown High School.

Joe married his “sweetheart” Martha LoBuono on June 10, 1961; the couple moved to Somerville in 1962 where they lived for 42 years. Joe and Martha shared many wonderful years together; they raised two beautiful children and cherished their role as grandparents. Joe and Martha always had an open-door policy at their home, they loved to entertain and everyone was welcomed. As their family grew and moved out, Joe and Martha sold their home in Somerville and moved to Wilmington in 2003 just to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Joe was a man of great faith and while living in Somerville he was an active communicant of St. Polycarps Parish. Joe was a Eucharistic Minister, he taught Pre-Cana classes, was part of the St. Polycarps men’s club, and was very involved in the Somerville CYO. Joe was also very active in the Somerville community and served on the board for the Somerville Housing Authority for several years.

When Joe moved to Wilmington he continued as an active parishioner at St. Dorothy’s Church and became a member of the Knights of Columbus. Always a giver; Joe was also active in his new community of Wilmington and was always willing to give a hand to others.

Joe was a hard worker; for many years, he was the general manager and then a sales broker for several Candy and Fine Food Distribution Companies throughout New England. Joe’s personality and hard work ethic made him quite successful in his field.

Joe was known to be just a “fun all around good guy”; he loved to sing, dance, and have great parties. Joe was a world traveler both here in the U.S. and abroad; he enjoyed traveling with family and friends, everyone had a great time with Joe.

Family was always Joe’s number one priority; his unconditional love and support for them was unwavering. Joe was very proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandsons; he loved to attend their countless school activities and sporting events throughout the years and was always their number one fan.

Joe will be fondly remembered for his endearing personality, kindness and his willingness to help anyone in need. He was truly a gentleman and he will forever be in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.

Joe was the beloved husband of the late Martha P. (LoBuono) Lento, devoted father of Joseph V. Lento & his wife Rosemarie of Hampton, NH and Claudia A. Gillis & her husband Timothy of North Reading, loving grandfather of Amanda Flowers, Marisa Cormier, Stephanie Lento, Danielle Gillis, Jessica Gillis, and great-grandsons Joseph and Anthony, cherished son of the late Joseph P., Sr. and Carmella (D’Ambrosio) Lento, dear brother of Emily Piccolo & husband Charlie of the North End, Angela Forte & husband Ken of Wilmington, and the late Elizabeth Tiso. Brother-in-law of Frank Tiso of Quincy and Joseph LoBuono & wife Diane of Pepperell. Joe was the special companion of Carol Costello of Wilmington and is survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, October 28th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, October 27th from 3-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Joseph’s name may be made to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923.


26 Entries in Guest Book for “Joseph P. Lento, Jr.”

  1. Renee Kutcheid says:

    Joe, Rose Marie, Marisa, & Stephanie
    Sorry for your loss.
    Love Renee

  2. The Renzi Family says:

    Dear Claudia, Joseph,Amanda & Family,
    we are so very sorry for your loss,we are
    Out of the country for three weeks.
    Thinking of all of you at this very sad time.
    in the Arms of the Angels.
    Mary,Ralph &Michelle Renee’ Renzi

  3. The Renzi Family says:

    so sorry for your loss
    Mary Ralph & Michelle Renee’ Renzi

  4. Chris Benson says:

    Joe & Claudia, I’m very sorry for your loss. The last time I saw your Mom and Dad they stilled lived on Derby Street and I just happened to be driving by as they sat on the porch. We talked about old times and great memories. Its been too many years since I have seen you all. Cant express how sorry I am. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

    Chris Benson

  5. Maria Trouville says:

    Claudia & family,
    Thinking of you all during this very sad time. My prayers to you all that God has taken your special loved one to a better place, a peaceful place, where he is no longer in pain. Also that God gives you all the strength needed to get through this sad time. We never really lose those we love, because they are always with us, in our hearts… my deepest sympathies and love to you all, Maria xoxo

  6. Andrea Markarian says:

    Claudia and Family,
    My heart goes out to you all in this difficult time. I’m thinking of you and wishing you warmth and comfort. You each had your own special relationship with him and he is looking down upon you all smiling at how full you made his life.

  7. Alicia and Joe Candelino says:

    Claudia and Joseph and family,
    Our heart is full of sadness to see him go but we are happy that he is no longer suffering. I’m sure his time with us is done and God wants him to continue his mission in heaven with his unending spirited soul. We enjoy your father’s company on our trips with him and Carol and we will always reminisce the time we had with him and your mother. They both will be missed so much amazing person. I will missed his dancing moves and humor.
    Love you both hang in there. He is happy where he is now. Our prayers are with the family.

  8. Ken Solano says:

    Joseph, Claudia and Carol,

    I join you in sorrow at the passing of your Dad and to Carol for being there for cousin Joey during his illness when he needed his family close by. Joey was a great person, loving cousin, and always there for his loved ones and friends. I will fondly remember the days of our youth in the North End where Joey forged lifelong relationships with his many cousins and friends and was always willing to lend a helping hand when needed and to be involved in his community and his Church.

    Thanks for inviting me, his cousins and friends to be with Joey at the gathering last Summer. We all cherish Joey and will never forget him.

    My prayers and love to all.

  9. Angela Ferrari says:

    Claudia and family – I have fond memories of your Dad (and Mom). Joe always had a kind and funny word to say and was a great neighbor. They were both dedicated Pre-Cana mentors at St. Polycarp’s Church and had such a strong community presence around Derby Street and Winter Hill. My thoughts, prayers and sympathies coming your way. May Joe rest in peace alongside Martha.
    Angela Ferrari

  10. Sheila Sturdevant says:

    your father was a loving special person. Are hearts break for you and your family. We are so very sorry for your loss.

    Sheila and the Girls

  11. Sandra Novia and Rocco Novia- Reed says:

    Claudia, Joseph, Carol and your families,
    Our hearts are sadden by this news. Cousin Joe will always be one of our favorite people in the world. My son and I are so grateful to have had such a happy and memorable lunch with him a month ago, when we were visiting from the west coast.
    I will hold the memory of his voice, smile, laughter, card tricks, never wavering love for Jesus and of course his endless jokes close to my heart.
    He touched my son Roccos heart as well, as only
    he could do, teaching him his first card trick and jokes.
    “Joe Lento” was always listed in my son’s prayers every night as one of our immediate family members. Last night was no exception! We have a new Angel on our side now, joining my parents Elaine and Tony Novia and Martha! The best of the best!!!
    Love and heartfelt sympathy to you all.
    Sandra and Rocco

  12. Sharon and Paul Neal says:

    Claudia, So so sorry to you, and your entire family. Your dad was a special man and will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers to you, and the whole family at this very sad time. May he rest in peace and God bless. With deepest sympathy, Sharon, Paul, Bradleigh and Brian

  13. Brenda currier says:

    Danielle, We are so sorry for your loss, sending u and ur family thoughts and prayers, may ur grandfather fly high and R.I.P… If u need anything let me know, love u… Love Brenda, Brian and Cameron

  14. Anthony Accardi says:

    Joe and Rose, On behalf of your friends from Somerville High School’s Class of 1981, please know that we are so sorry for your loss and please accept our most sincere condolences.

    You and your family are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Anthony Accardi

  15. Patricia A. Elder says:

    Dear Lento Family,

    So sorry for your loss. Joe was a wonderful friend to all. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May you rest in peace Joe.
    Tricia Elder

  16. Diana Culp says:

    My deepest sympathy to cousin Joey’s family. I have many fond memories of him. He always had a funny story to tell. He was a special person to everyone who came into his life. God Bless You cousin Joey and may you rest in peace.

  17. Theresa Shalsi says:

    Dear Loved Ones to Cousin Joey,
    Our deepest sympathy on your loss of a wonderfull Man. Cousin Joey was a gentle person who showed love and respect to everyone.
    Growing up, Joey was always the jokester. We had wonderful vacations at
    A. Angie’s & U. Erminio’s in Wilmington. His visits in Everett and ours to the
    North End, would always end with Joey getting us girls in inocent trouble.
    We so looked forward to his company, along with Cousins Tommy, Kenny
    & Emily. May all your golden memories bring you thru these sad days ahead, and remember He is resting in Peace with his Love ones who proceeded him in Heaven. And his Trust and Love for the Good Lord.
    God Bless all of you. Joey will be in our prayers as well as all of you
    Cousin Theresa and Family

  18. Susan and Nicole Costa says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Joe was a wonderful guy and I will always remember him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad time. Joe will be watching over all of you with a smile. I’m sorry I’m not able to be there as I am taking care of my mom, but I will be thinking of you and I’m a phone call away.
    With sympathy,
    Susan and Nicole Costa

  19. Susan and Nicole Costa says:

    So sorry for your loss. Joe was a wonderful guy and I always enjoyed seeing him at the store. He will be missed no doubt, but he will be watching over you with a smile. I’m sorry I’m not able to be there at this difficult time as I am taking care of my mom, but we are only a phone call away.
    With sympathy,
    Susan and Nicole Costa

  20. Claudia says:

    Dad I don’t know how I am going to make it through the next 2 days or the rest of my life without you. You were my rock, my world, and biggest supporter. You loved us all unconditionally.
    All your grandchildren meant the world to you, as you were to them. I couldn’t ask for a better man in my life and I am so proud to call you my dad. I will cherish all the wonderful memories we all had with you.
    I love you to the moon and back!
    May you be at peace now.
    Love you always and forever.

  21. paula Irving says:

    So sorry for your loss.Prayers for you and your family.Paula

  22. The Fennelly Family says:

    Joe was a wonderful person and we are very fortunate to have spent time getting to know him. He was so thoughtful and genuinely cared about our side of the family. We will miss him dearly! Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this tough time. We know for sure that Joe has a special place in Heaven! Someday we will all get to see him again and feel the warmth of his smile and personality. We love you all!

  23. sandy zenga says:

    Claudia, Joe and family just heard of your fathers passing my heart goes out to you all. May he rest in peace love to all.

  24. Karla Sciuto says:

    Marisa and family…my deepest sympathies go out to all of you in this difficult time. According to this beautiful write-up, he will, no doubt, rest in peace.

  25. Everett & Joan Parker says:

    I join you in sorrow at the passing of your Dad and to Carol for being there for my cousin Joey during his illness when he needed his family close by.

    I have know Joey for many, many years and have always loved him. I will miss his funny stories and jokes. Joey was a great guy, loving cousin, and always there for his loved ones and friends. I will always remember the days of our youth in the North End and at Auntie’s in Wilmington where Joey made lifelong friends. I will miss him immensely.

    My prayers and love to all.

  26. Sandra Novia says:

    My thoughts are with you all, today and tomorrow! Be strong and know your Dad and Grand Pa is with you, as always, perhaps sometimes even closer than before.
    Love you,

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