Joseph J, 65, of San Antonio Texas (formerly of Hyde Park and South Boston), son of William and Grace, died unexpectedly on February 23, 2013. A beloved husband left behind his wife Toni Foley of San Antonio, Texas. He was the loving Father of Bryan and Proud Grandpa of Julia from Whitman. He leaves behind a sister, Patricia Mastrorilli and husband Joseph of Venice, Fla and brother William and wife Janet of Taunton and Stephen and wife Lisa of Falmouth. He was a Loving Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Joseph, a proud Navy combat Vet, was severely injured aboard the U.S.S. Forestall. Joseph worked for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission for many years before moving to Texas. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held at Meadowlawn Funeral Home Tribute Center at 2:00 PM the same day. To leave a note for the family please go to and select Obituaries.In Lieu of flowers please make donations to the DAV, the New England Center for Homeless Vets, this is where Toni and Joseph first met.

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  1. Joe and I met at the homeless shelter in Boston. I was a train wreck having left a really bad situation (I was not looking for a husband in spite of what folks thought at the shelter but Joe was patient and nuturing .Joe said he took one look at me and decided I was for him. He was so funny.) Joe really saved my life in a time when I was struggling to find a reason to keep going.After we got our own place, he used to throw towels at me when I was crying and tell me to stop being a big baby. He was always good to me and gave me a reason to get out of bed The first time we were alone and in privacy, he put his arms around me and I fell asleep in his arms. Those big strong arms made me feel safe for the first time in many years. Joe also was with the honor guard at the shelter attending funerals and participating in special functions. He took me with him when we escorted the USS Constitution on it’s maiden voyage after being refurbished in 97. It was my first ride on a destroyer and quite impressive. He used to march me all over Boston like I was one of troupes. Even without Joe’s military service he would have my hero. He saved my life and will be dearly missed. I will miss him singing to me about Galway bay and how he would love to go if”his dear old wife would pass away”. His love of family was strong. He suffered for years with uncontrolled pain and he used to tell me “pain was his friend. It let’s him know he was still alive” He was amazing in his ability to recover. More than once over the years we thought we were loosing him but he kept coming back. He suffers no more and that is some comfort but he will be missed. He was my other half. I would appreciate any funny stories about Joe because it is a celebration of his life I want to remember ,not the loss

    Toni Foley

  2. Joe,

    You were loved and will be greatly missed. The forty + years of pain and suffering from the USS Forrestal are finally gone.

    Rest in Peace.

    Love Billy and Janet

  3. God has sent you to be with your Forrestal shipmates. God bless you Joe and my you rest in peace Joe. You will be sadly missed by everyone that knew you.

  4. Joe, many good memories of you and hanging out with the Antzaks and the Foleys. You had your ups and downs, but always a kind person. Love from your cousin Denise

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