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Giuseppe "Joe" Paparo

Born: Mon., Aug. 4, 1941
Died: Wed., Jan. 27, 2021


Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Thu., Feb. 04, 2021
Location: Sts. Martha and Mary Church


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Giuseppe “Joe” Paparo died suddenly in his home on the morning of January 27th, 2021 at 79 years of age with his beautiful wife of 48 years by his side.

In a small town located on the side of a beautiful mountain located in Gasperina, Italy Raffaelle and Chiara Paparo welcomed Giuseppe “Joe” Paparo into the world on August 4th 1941.  He was born into a hardworking, loving family who embodied inner strength and determination.  He traveled to the United States in his early twenties and made Brockton, Massachusetts his home for a short time.  As fate would have it, Joe found his incredible wife, Denise Smith (Paparo), at the Westgate Lounge, a popular hangout, and they soon would marry.  They decided to move out of the city to raise their family in Lakeville.  Overtime, Joe skillfully rebuilt their home and they have remained there for 45 years.  Joe considers Norwood his other home away from home as many of his dear friends from Italy reside there.

Over Joe’s lifetime he experienced worldly changes from walking into town as a child to get running water, to more recently, owning and occasionally using a cell phone and Facetime.

Joe found great pleasure working as a mason for over 55 years.  He was an extremely talented builder, creator, gardener, hunter, musician, acrobatic dancer, animal whisperer, cook, tailor, storyteller, and comedian.  Joe had great passion for New England sports, as he enjoyed cheering and sometimes yelling at our hometown teams as he watched them compete in the comfort of his home.

Joe had a big, loving heart on the inside and a strong, unwavering exterior, just like the home he built.  Joe is survived by his saintly and patient wife, Denise; three children, Daniela, Raffaella and Elisa; his son-in laws who he treated like sons; Michael Nugent and Marcus Zinkevicz, and his beloved grandchildren, Joseph, Cole, Gabriella, Dominic, Austin and Ariana.  His grandchildren brought him an incredible amount of pride and joy.  Joe’s brothers, Vito Paparo and Vincent Paparo; and sister Rina Barbale, along with nieces, nephews and their beautiful children.  All those who knew him have lost a powerful, spicy and loving soul who made so many laugh with his unforgettable personality.

A funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 4th at Sts. Martha’s and Mary’s church in Lakeville.  A burial ceremony and a “salude” to Joe Paparo will be held in the upcoming months when we can truly love, hug and kiss you all.

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Judy O’Connell
   Posted Mon February 01, 2021
Words cannot express the sadness that I feel about the passing of your Dad. Like many I adored Mr. Paparo and I am so very sorry for your loss. This obituary truly exemplifies who Joe Paparo is and always will be to the world and to all who knew him and loved him. I will miss him and I am sending much love to you all xo.

Toby and Maureen Baird
   Posted Tue February 02, 2021
We will miss our friend and next door neighbor Joe beyond any words that can be expressed. He adored his family, especially his 6 grandchildren who all have spent such happy times with him. For us, he was always there with his willingness to help in any way needed. May God bless and keep him.

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