Peabody — Joseph Toomey, 95, of Peabody, died on Saturday evening at the Penacook Place Nursing Home in Haverhill, following a brief illness. He was the devoted husband of Margaret (McLaughlin) Toomey, with whom he shared over 73 years of marriage.
Born in Salem, he was the son of the late William and Blanche (LaMonde) Toomey. He was raised and educated in Salem, and had lived in Peabody for the past 75 years.
Joseph first enlisted with the United States Army during WWII, and later enlisted with the United States Navy and served during the Korean War, before he was honorably discharged in 1951.
Following the war, Joseph was employed for over 30 years as a leather worker for Mason Tanning, before retiring in 1983. He was a longtime member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 1011 in Peabody, and he enjoyed bowling and was an avid Red Sox fan.
Besides his loving wife, he is survived by his two daughters, Anne Billert and her husband, Ted Smolen of Georgetown, and Tricia Shaw and her husband, Jim Anderson of Beverly; his sister, Elizabeth Doskey of Minnesota; his six grandchildren, Peter, Sean, and Brian Billert, Faith Cappotto, and Nicole and Matthew Shaw; his nine great-grandchildren, Kyle, Kalin, Alexandra, PJ, Alyssa and Brooke Billert, Noah and Jeffrey Cappotto, and Dante Shaw; and a great great-granddaughter, Olivia Billert; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, William and Frank Toomey, and Blanche Poor.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held on Tuesday, at 9 a.m., at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, followed by a funeral Mass, at 10 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Church, Church St., Peabody, to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Monday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to www.WoundedWarriorProject.org. For directions and his obituary, visit www.ccbfuneral.com.