Joseph Alfiero

Joseph T. Alfiero

Monday, September 7th, 2020
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Joseph Alfiero, 93, of Champion Street in Westerly, died on September 7, 2020 at The Westerly Hospital with his children at his side. He joins his wife of 59 years, Mary Dipollina Alfiero, who passed away in 2010.

Joe was born to Frank and Frances Alfiero of Pawcatuck, Connecticut. He was the last surviving sibling of 9 children, 4 boys (Anthony, Charles and Frank) and 5 girls (Josephine Fiore, Rose Alfiero, Mary Valliere, Margaret Naccarato, and Anne Mason).

He was a standout scholar athlete in football, basketball, and baseball at Stonington High School. Joe was the class President of his freshman and senior classes, Vice President of his sophomore class, and senior year captain of the SHS football and basketball teams. His senior year was cut short by WWII as he joined the Navy and was stationed in Boston. After the war, he graduated from Stonington High School in 1945 and attended the Putnam Trade School.
Joe started his career at Cottrell’s and then worked for Narragansett Electric for 33 years. Upon retirement in 1989, he continued to work as an electrician with his brothers, Tony and Lefty. The three brothers were extremely busy and in high demand, not only for their skilled and professional work, but also for the entertainment they provided.

His children and grandchildren were his pride and joy, and he very much enjoyed spending time with them. Joe was a lifelong Yankees fan, which always made baseball season interesting with his wife, as Mary loved her Red Sox. Joe was also an avid supporter of the UConn Women’s basketball team, as well as any team that beat Duke Men’s basketball. Joe was a longtime communicant of St. Pius X Church.

Joe will be remembered by family and friends as an honest, hard-working family man. He was a straight shooter and not one to embellish his words. He was fiercely loyal to his family and his friends and would do anything for them. The past 10 years without his wife were difficult for him, but he absolutely made the best of it. He learned to cook and he enjoyed entertaining his children and grandchildren. He had a network of friends who provided him with comradery and much appreciated support.

Joe is survived by his four children, Susan J. Alfiero-Bavasso (Richie), Robert J. Alfiero (Nancy), Joan G. Alfiero (David) and Thomas G. Alfiero (Pina). He was the grandfather of Abigail, John and Madison Bavasso; Christopher, Jesse (Madison) and Erica Alfiero; Jeffrey, Alyssa and Cara Eilbott; and Arianna and Marissa Alfiero.

Services and burial will be private at his request. He will be interred next to his wife at River Bend Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to The Westerly Hospital Foundation at 25 Wells Street, Westerly, RI. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly is in care of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit
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Deb Taylor

Posted at 10:44am
Dear Tom, Pina, Arianna, Marissa and Alfiero Family,

You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Hold the wonderful memories you have of you Father close to heart and remember he is in a better place, at peace, with your loving Mother.Imagine the baseball they are watching again and the many laughs they will be having..Go Red Sox!

Please reach out if you need anything.


Deb Taylor, Ally, Nick, and Brad Pinkhover

Bernita Evans

Posted at 08:50pm
I so enjoyed my coffee hours with Joe at my Uncle Don Lopresto home during my summer visits to my home town I would see Joe every morning at 7am Mass at St Pius. (Except Saturday’s) then he would come to Dons home for coffee. Great stories. Great memories. In fact I saw him this July. He always gave me a bad time about spending so much time at the beach. My sister and my self will miss him. Just a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Family. Bernita Bottone Evans and Veronica Bottone Williams

Anthony Fiore

Posted at 09:55pm
Susan, Rob, Joan, and Tom:
We would like to express our heartfelt sympathies to you on the passing of your father.
We are deeply saddened to know Uncle Joe has passed. We will remember his smile and his helpful ways.
Anthony, Cynthia, and Paul

Nancy A. St.Germain

Posted at 12:08pm
Susan, Rob, Joan, Tom and families:
Our sincerest sympathy to you all. I know I speak for my brother John when I say what a wonderful man our Uncle Joe was. Many times, John and I recall (with love) the fashion in which Uncle Joe would call looking for our dad or vice versa. Never recognizing who may have answered the phone, just knowing they needed to speak to one another.
Uncle Joe was a man of integrity who steadfastly and passionately loved his family, extended and all. The relationship he had with his little brother Tony was one for the books and certainly a model to emulate. We will miss him.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May your wonderful memories and recollection comfort you.
With love,
Nancy, Dave and John

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