Pawcatuck – Joseph Thomas Marie died peacefully on November 7, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in the Stonington Borough to the late Charles and Mary Marie. Joe is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Dorothy (Soucy) Marie and children, Judith M. Marie, of Brookline, MA; Thomas (Barbara) Marie of Medfield, MA and Patricia (Thomas) Naslund of Pawcatuck, CT; grandchildren, Joseph, Matthew, Michael and Charles Marie and Connor Naslund; his sister Anna Teresa (Tesa) Downs; his sisters-in-law, Florence Marie and Elizabeth Lawton and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother Francis Marie and his sisters Margie Marie, Katherine Gilbert and Alice Cedio.
A graduate of Stonington High School and a US Navy veteran who proudly served on the USS Midway during World War II, Joe was employed at Davis-Standard and retired from Wyman Gordon (formerly Arwood). An active supporter of numerous community organizations, he was an honorary member of the Stonington Borough Fire Department, past commander of the American Legion Post #58 and president of the Connecticut Lung Association - New London Chapter. Joe was also a member of the Neptune Fire Department, Stonington Ambulance Corps and Knights of Columbus. Happy to represent Stonington’s “old-timers,” he gladly contributed to the SHS Athletic Hall of Fame and various historical presentations about the Borough. In 2014, he visited Washington, DC along with other area WWII veterans on an Honor Flight with the RI Fire Chiefs Honor Flight Network.
After retiring, Joe and his wife enjoyed traveling in the US and abroad. He was especially passionate about UCONN Women’s Basketball and the ocean, cherishing summers with his many dear friends at Watch Hill Beach. Always a family man, his fondest times were those spent with his wife, children and grandsons.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, November 11 from 1-4 pm at Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly, RI. A Funeral Liturgy will be held on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 95 Main Street, Stonington. There is no procession from the funeral home to church. Interment will be private. For online condolences please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that those wishing to honor Joe’s memory make a donation in his name to the Center for Hospice Care - Southeast Connecticut (www.hospicesect.org) or the St. Michael Capital Campaign.
The family wishes to thank the dedicated doctors, nurses and aids at The Westerly Hospital as well as those with Center for Hospice Care - Southeast Connecticut and Royal Westerly Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for the kindness and care provided to Joe during his illness.