BEVERLY — Joseph A. Dettorre, husband of the late Theresa R. (Beausoliel) Dettorre, with whom he shared 65 years of marriage, passed peacefully on Friday, one week shy of his 91st birthday, surrounded by his children and dear friend and companion, Mary Lettich.
Joseph was a lifelong Beverly resident, who graduated from Beverly High School in 1941. He worked for 20 years at the United Shoe Machinery Corporation, and 13 years with the South Essex Sewerage District, along with several years at the Beverly Public Works Dept. and the Salem News.
Joseph lived in Ryal Side for 45 years, and was a longtime member and one of the founders of the Ryal Side Civic Association. He was an active member and one of the founders of the Beverly Council on Aging, as well as an associate member of the Vittorr-Rocci Post, for whom he organized and enjoyed bi-monthly dinner dances for over 20 years. He loved fireworks and was a licensed pyrotechnician, who shot fireworks shows in the area for many years. Joseph also lived in North Beverly, and most recently, was a charter resident of Colonial Gardens where he continued to enjoy an active social life up until shortly before his death.
Joseph is survived by his children, Joseph Dettorre Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Leominster, Mass., Paula Holland and her husband, Mark, of Traveler’s Rest, S.C., Louis Dettorre of Versailles, Ky., and Andrea Adamo and her husband, Christopher, of Hamilton, Mass.; his grandchildren, Shana Cuddy, Theresa Dettorre, Mason Holland, Christopher Holland, Allison Lane, Vincent Dettorre, Elaina Adamo, and Jennifer Adamo; along with five great-grandchildren. He was also predeceased by his granddaughter, Abby Dettorre; and his seven sisters.
ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral service will be held at the Campbell-Lee, Moody Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, North Beverly, on Thursday, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in North Beverly Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Joseph’s memory to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. Joseph’s family would like to thank all the wonderful nurses and care givers from Care Dimensions that made it possible for him to remain in the comfort of his own home. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.