Joseph A. Tenore, age 79

of Braintree

Joseph A. Tenore, age 79

Joseph A. Tenore, age 79, a lifelong Braintree resident, died peacefully, Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at the John Scott House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, in the comfort of his loving family.

Joseph was born in Quincy, to the late Frank and Jennie (Durante) Tenore, and was raised in Holbrook and Braintree.

Joe was employed as a talented auto mechanic for various local dealerships and had also been self-employed for many years. He later taught at Braintree High School in the Adult Education night program for automotive mechanics for over fifteen years.

He also worked for ten years in various capacities at The Country Club in Brookline, where he enjoyed many friendships.

Joe enjoyed golfing and gardening and coached in Braintree Little League baseball for many years.

Most of all, Joe was dedicated to his family, actively supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for fifty-four years of Margaret T. (Cosgrove) Tenore.

Devoted father of Joseph A. Tenore, Jr. and Michelle M. Binda of Weymouth, Michael D. Tenore and his wife Shannon of Abington.

Loving grandfather of Leo J. Tenore.

One of six siblings, he was the dear brother of Frank M. Tenore and his wife Kathleen of Bridgewater, Emily Vacka and her husband Gerry of Ohio, Raymond Tenore and his wife Rita of Holbrook, Arthur Tenore and his wife Marilyn of Arizona, and the late Judith Joyce.

Joe is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Saturday, November 23rd at 8 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint Joseph’s Church, 550 Washington Street, Quincy at 9 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home Friday 4 – 7 p.m. Interment Saint Francis Xavier Cemetery, Weymouth.

For those who wish, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association – MA Chapter, 72 East Concord Street, Room C3, Boston, MA 02118.

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  • Joe, so very sorry for your loss😢, our thoughts and prayers are with you and Michelle always❤️🙏🏻❣️

  • Joe and I became brother- in- laws in 1963. Although that connection ended ten years later, we remained friends. In those earlier years there were many times that Joe came to the rescue to repair one of my cars. That included the time I broke down on the Expressway in Boston and he diagnosed the problem during a pay phone call from me.
    As rugged looking as he was on the outside, Joe was very caring of others, had a wonderful personality and a great sense of humor. I still have a few of his jokes in my memory bank. In 1963 we might have exchanged handshakes when we met or parted. When I visited Joe in September of 2018 we each said good bye with a hug and I love you. I am saddened to hear of his passing and will always value our friendship. I send my condolences to Peggy, their sons and to Joe’s siblings Frank, Emily, Ray and Arthur.

  • Uncle Frank and Aunt Kathy, so sorry for your loss! He looked so much like Uncle Frank! Prayers for all of you!

  • Hello Ray and Artie and all of the Tenore family, We are sad to hear of Joe’s passing. Joe was a caring wonderful man. We first met in 1978 when Ray , Joe and Artie worked an auto repair business in Holbrook. Later Joe taught me a lot about auto repair when I got interested in antique cars and trucks. His lessons were priceless to me. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Thoughts and prayers to you and the entire Tenore family. With respect, Whit & Charlotte Browne