Topsfield — Joseph E. Conceison, 89, of Topsfield, formerly of Middleton, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Masconomet Health Care in Topsfield. He was the loving husband of the late Priscilla (Buckingham) Conceison, with whom he shared 34 years of marriage.
Born and raised in North Easton, he was the son of the late Joseph and Filomena (Dantas) Conceison. He graduated from Oliver Ames High School in 1942. He attended Wentworth Institute, studying engineering until he was inducted into the U.S. Army. During WWII, he served from 1943 to 1946, with the Co. A 3184th Signal Service Battalion, which took him through parts of Germany, Belgium and France. While in the service, he also attended North Central College, Ill.
He was employed by the General Electric Co. River Works Plant in Lynn as a design analyst. He retired in 1990, after 41 years with the company.
The Middleton Board of Selectmen dedicated the 1997 Town Report to “Joe,” who had served on various ad hoc committees for 29 years, and served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for 28 years. He was a former member of the Middleton Historical Society and Kiwanis Club. He was a member of the VFW in North Easton and the American Legion in Middleton. He enjoyed sports, especially baseball and bowling, and loved to go dancing. He was an avid gardener, always planting too much so he could share. He had the same passion for photography, taking his camera to every event, and sending copies to family and friends. He also enjoyed traveling and had visited Portugal, the Caribbean Islands, Florida, and Colorado.
Joseph was a communicant of Saint Agnes Church in Middleton for many years.
He will be remembered as a loving and devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle, and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by one daughter, Catherine Gerry and her husband, Ray, of Topsfield; two granddaughters, Colleen Eastwood and her husband, Kevin, of Dracut, Mass., and Christine Kilgore and her husband, Daniel, of Newton, N.H.; and three great-granddaughters, Cassandra and Cadence Eastwood, and Isabelle Kilgore. He also leaves a sister, Mary Elizabeth Schumacher and her husband, Gene, of Taunton; and a sister-in-law, Jean Conceison of Westerly, R.I.; and many nieces and nephews.