Gloucester, MA — Herbert J. Joseph Jr., 87, husband of Helen B. (Slattery) Joseph of Gloucester, passed away on Tuesday morning, January 22, 2013, at the Addison Gilbert Hospital.
Born in Gloucester on December 11, 1925, he was the son of the late Herbert J. Joseph Sr. and Delia (Zion) Joseph.
Herbie was a graduate of Gloucester High School with the Class of 1944. After high school he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He then earned his Bachelor’s degree from Boston College and Teachers Certification from Salem State College. He would later receive his Master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts.
For many years, Herbie was a very well known and well respected elementary school teacher in Gloucester. He began at the Veterans Memorial Ward 2 School, then at Eastern Avenue and the East Gloucester School before retiring.
Herbie was also a longtime real estate agent in Gloucester, first working on his own and later opening his office with partner John Anderson on Thatcher Road.
Herbie was genuinely loved in the Gloucester community by many due to his cheery and warm personality. He loved to engage friends and colleagues in conversation no matter where he was. Herbie was also a tremendous supporter of Gloucester athletics and had attended countless games throughout his life.
He and his wife Helen enjoyed listening to jazz and following the local music scene and he was a longtime member of the Gloucester Lodge of Elks.
In addition to his beloved wife Helen, he is survived by his two sons, David P. Joseph and wife Leigh of West Newbury, Scott K. Joseph of Gloucester; grandsons Dustin Joseph and wife Michelle of Port St. Lucie, Florida, David Joseph of Gloucester; his siblings, John Joseph and wife Jeannette, Ronald Joseph and companion Priscilla Cunningham, Nancy Jabba and her late husband Ralph Jabba, Richard Joseph and wife Jane, Helen Matta and husband George, Carol Stevens and companion Walter Vickery, Barbara Chidiac and husband Joseph; and many, many nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, on Saturday, January 26th, at 9:45 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass in St. Ann’s Church on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery. For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.