Joseph W. Stone

March 5th, 2013

Joseph W. Stone of Wilmington, age 90, passed away peacefully on March5, 2013, at the Wilmington Health Care Center following a brief illness.

Joe was born on June 24, 1922, in Saugus, MA. He was the dear son of the late Clarence H. and Helen (Hammond) Stone. Joe grew up in Marblehead and then moved with his family to Lynnfield.  He went to school as a youngster in Lynnfield, but due to the fact that Lynnfield did not have a high school, Joe graduated from Wakefield High in 1940.

Joe enlisted in the U. S. Army on September 23, 1942, during World War II.  He was part of the Service Unit 1585 where he was a Control Station Operator, known for his expert marksmanship and sharp shooting.  Joe was honorably discharged in November of 1944 andreturned home to his family.

Joe married the love of his life, Rita C. Muse, on February 28, 1950.  They just celebrated their 63rd Wedding Anniversary last week. Joe and
Rita had a wonderful life together. They raised a beautiful family, and remained the best of friends throughout the years.

Joe and Rita lived in Wakefield before moving to Wilmington in 1959 where Joe quickly became involved in the community, always giving of
his time to help others. Joe was a charter member and third President of the Wilmington Kiwanis Club and a member of the Friendship Lodge of
Masons. He was very involved with the Shriners Aleppo Temple Motor Patrol where he appeared in countless parades and celebrations to
raise money for various hospitals and bring great joy to children. Joe was a man of great faith and an active member of the Wilmington
United Methodist Church, always giving of himself and his time whenever and wherever needed.

Joe also had a great work ethic and an endearing personality which helped him to become a successful salesman throughout the years and
provide for his family.  Joe met countless people throughout the years as a salesman and made many friends where ever he went.

Joe will be remembered as an avid golfer. He took up the sport and the mere age of 14, cultivated his skills throughout the years. He golfed whenever he could, and played the sport right through to the age of 90, finishing his season last fall.

Joe and Rita enjoyed 52 summers with their family at the Hedding Methodist Camp Grounds where everyone had a great time and made life-long friends who became extended family throughout the years.

Joe’s devotion to his family was unwavering and his love for them unconditional. He cherished every moment as a husband, dad, grampa,
and great-grampa.  Joe enjoyed many family holidays and celebrations, as well as everyday events in their lives. Joe taught his family to
always be there for one another and to help others whenever they could. He set a wonderful example not only for his own family but for
everyone that he knew.  Joe was kind, caring, and helpful. He was a wonderful family man and a true friend to many who will miss him.

Joseph was the beloved husband of Rita C. (Muse) Stone, loving father of Jeanne E. Gricci and her husband James of Northfield, VT, Joseph W.
Stone, Jr. and his wife Betsy of Springfield, VA, David Stone and his wife Kristine of Wilmington, Cynthia H. Eddy and her husband Harry of
Limington, ME, Sally I. Stone of Berkeley, CA, Roger W. Stone of Woburn, Norma L. Biggins and her husband Michael of Wilmington and
Richard Stone and his wife Kim of Beverly.  Cherished grandfather of Cynthia Huppert, Christopher Stone, Matthew Stone, Eric Stone, Alexa
Stone, Jami Stoll, Jason Blackburn, Aaron Eddy, Dara Crawford, Lana Eddy, Cassidy, Ashley Biggins, Mallory Biggins and Zachary Stone.
Great grandfather of Lily Stone, MacKenzie Huppert, Charlotte Stoll, and Zoe Blackburn, dear brother of the late Phyllis Paige, C. Hammond
“Rocky”  Stone and Donald Stone.  Joseph is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Friday, March 8th, at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St.,
Wilmington at 11:00 a.m.   Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, March 7th from 3-7 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex
Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joseph’s name may be made to Supportive Living Inc., 17 Warren Ave.,
Woburn, MA  01801.


7 Entries in Guest Book for “Joseph W. Stone”

  1. Patty Renwick says:

    Keeping your family in my prayers.

  2. John Davis says:

    Penny and I will miss Joe. He is and always will be a member of our extended family from Hedding.

  3. Nancy and Bill Reid says:

    Rita and family: We will both miss Joe, Bill from Motor Patrol and myself with his great sense of humor – he did like to kid with me and I in return.

  4. Barbara Wilkin says:

    Joe was a very special person and will always hold a special place in my heart.

    His abundance of love for family and friends was truly unique and inspiring.

    I will treasure the wonderful memories.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  5. Ruthann Spaulding Soderholm says:

    Dear Rita and family,
    Ken and I will always cherish the memories we have of times and fun spent with you and Joe during our years in the Shriners. He was a great man and we will keep him, you and your family in our thoughts and prayers…
    May he rest in peace and may you be comforted by your memories…..
    Ken and Ruthann Soderholm

  6. Donald Rumery says:

    My condolences go out to the family. I know he will be missed. I first met him almost 50 years ago, when my father took me to the Shriners parade and I saw him riding the little cars. It was funny but I was also envious as the cars looked really cool.

    But my fondest memory is that he was an inspiration to me as a golfer. I played with him and my father as a teenager. At the time he was the best golfer I had ever played with. I watched what he did and saw how each shot looked the same, and how smooth his swing was. It inspired me to try to be as good as him. Back in the 70s, Joe won the Hedding open every year. My goal was to someday beat him.

    May he rest in peace.
    Don Rumery and family

  7. George Dahl Sr says:

    My deepest sympathies to the family.

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