Joseph A. D’Ottavio, age 84

of Braintree

Joseph A. D’Ottavio, age 84

Joseph A. D’Ottavio, age 84, of Braintree, died peacefully, Monday, January 25, 2021, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Joseph was born in Pescosansonesco, Province of Pescara, Region of Abruzzo, Italy, to the late Angelo and Alba (Luciani) D’Ottavio. Raised and educated there, he immigrated to the United States in 1952 at the age of sixteen, settling in Worcester. He had lived in Braintree for the past fifty-six years and was a former winter resident of Margate, Fla.

Joseph was a partner and Vice President of Manufacturing for the De Jay Corporation for twenty years. He retired in 1986. Following his retirement, Joseph enjoyed managing and maintaining his rental properties.

Joseph was a social person who enjoyed people. He was a member of the Adams Heights Men’s Club of Quincy, Italian International Sports Club of Quincy, Torre Dei Passeri Social Club, South Quincy Bocce Club, and Gizzio Club in Boston’s North End.

Joseph loved to travel, especially to Italy. He and his wife, Anna, were proud to have celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in Italy with their entire family. He enjoyed making homemade wine and also cultivated an expansive garden. Joseph was an avid Boston sports fan and followed Italian soccer.

Most of all, Joseph was devoted to his family, always supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for fifty-nine years of Anna M. (Confalone) D’Ottavio.

Devoted father of Alba A. D’Ottavio of Braintree, Joseph P. D’Ottavio and his wife Cynthia of East Bridgewater.

Loving grandfather of Nadia and Ali, Dante and Christiano.

Dear brother of Rick G. D’Ottavio of Worcester.

Visitation will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Saturday, January 30, from 8:15-9:15 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, at 10 a.m. Due to current events, occupancy at the church is limited. Entombment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joseph’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen Street, Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701.


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  • Our family extends our condolences to your family.
    Joe was a.wonderful person .

  • Sincere Condoglianze a tutta la Famiglia da me , gli amici del “caffe”
    e Franco Di Benedetto

  • Dear Joe,
    You were such a wonderful person and are leaving a huge void in my heart.
    Please rest in peace. I will never forget you.
    My deepest condolences to the family
    Leonardo F

  • Joe D’ottavio an all time favorite great person, friend. He will be missed by all who loved him. Our condolences to the family. Rest in peace Frank Pallaria and Family

  • I would like to offer my condolences to Joe’s family. I had the pleasure of meeting Joe and Joe Jr. many years ago at the Gizzio monthly dinner . Joe was a great guy and and I will truly miss him. Sincerely, Mickey Lawlor

  • It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge Joe’s passing. Miranda, Alba and Joey,…….. Paul and I are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you all. We will miss him and know that he has joined my Dad (his Uncle Giovanni,)his Mother and Father and many other family members who have entered into Heaven and will welcome him.

  • There is not a nicer more genuine human being than Joe D’Ottavio. The world goes on which when you lose someone like Joe you wonder why. It may go in but the world is that much poorer off for Joe not being in it. He has a great wife and family that will continue his legacy.

    RIP my friend, we miss you terribly.

  • Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the entire family on the passing of Compare Joe. He was truly a wonderful human being. We are blessed to have had him as a member of our extended family. May you all find some peace in your beautiful memories of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Compare Joe.

    Anna Scalzo and Family

  • Our deepest condolences to D’Ottavio family
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all
    It is with a heavy heart to hear of the passing of Compare Joe .
    Compare Joe was like a father to us ,always ready to listen and advise you in no matter what, he had a big heart, loved family, and friends .There are not enough words to explain what kind man he was .
    Compare Joe you will be deeply missed,But never forgotten
    R. I.P care compare Joe 🙏

  • Our sincere condolences to Comare Miranda, Alba, Joey & families…it is with a heavy heart that we heard of the passing of a great man…Compare Joe we will miss you dearly…RIP…and may the family find peace and serenity through those wonderful memories of a fantastic human being…🙏