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Joseph J. DeStefano, Sr.

Family & friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours on Wednesday, February 22nd from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) REVERE, for Joseph J. DeStefano, who died following a lengthy illness at the Pilgrim Rehabilitation Center of Peabody, on Friday, February 17th. His funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Thursday, February 23rd at 10:00 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., REVERE, at 11:00 a.m.

Born in Boston, the family moved to Revere, when Joe was a young boy. Joe lived in Revere almost all of his life & for about twenty years, was a resident of Andover. He was an alumnus of Revere High School, Class of 1952. In his early working career, Joe dabbled in the shoe industry as a cobbler & manufacturer. Latter, he would become one of Revere Beach Boulevard’s pioneers in restaurants and lounges. For many years, he would manage & own several small, but busy, bars, including the Jo-Jo Room, Hurley’s Palm Gardens and the Beach Ball, all located on the infamous Revere Beach Boulevard. For over fifteen years, Joe owned and operated, his last enterprise, “Joey D’s” at Orient Heights, East Boston.  “Joey D’s” staff & the “the gang” it attracted, made it the place to be and be seen. It made “Cheers” seem tame.

Joe is the devoted father to Debra A. Jones & her husband Rodney of Andover, MA, Dawna L. Emma & her husband Philip of Topsfield & Dr. Joseph J. DeStefano, Jr. PhD & his wife Dr. Alicia DeStefano, PhD of Northborough, MA. He is the adored grandfather of Joseph J. DeFabrizio of Amesbury, Zachary Jones of Malden, Kaleb Jones of Andover, Christopher P. Emma of Somerville, Jonathon P. Emma of San Francisco, Calif., Isabella & Mia DeStefano, both of Northborough, MA. Also surviving Joe is his faithful friend & former wife, Anne E. (Mundy) DeStefano of Andover, the proud mother of his children. He was the beloved son of the late Joseph & Anita C. (Marshall) DeStefano. He is the loving & faithful brother to Anita Vinciarelli & her husband Anthony, M. Louise Powers, all of Revere, Marie Lupien & her husband Mark of  Sudbury, Margaret Johnson of Revere, Leonard DeStefano, Carl DeStefano & his wife Shelia, all of Winthrop, Sylvia Michetti & her Robert of Wallington, CT & the late Anna R. Alongi, the Matriarch of the DeStefano Family. Many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces & grand-nephews, also survive him. Joe was a long-time member of the Fox Hill Yacht Club of Saugus & a social member of the Joseph L. Mottollo V.F.W. Post #4524 of Revere. Interment will be private.


Visiting Hours

Wednesday, February 22nd from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass

Thursday, February 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere


Will be Private

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959

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  1. Alfred Dellacroce
    Feb 22 2017

    Long time good friends. You will be missed Joe!

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