Joseph L. Zagami, age 83

of Quincy

Joseph L. Zagami, age 83

Joseph L. Zagami, age 83, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Wednesday, February 22, 2023, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Joseph was born in Boston to the late Joseph W. and Violet (Sebastini) Zagami. He was a graduate of Quincy Trade School, Class of 1959.

He was employed in the automobile transmission industry his entire career, and was the well-known owner and operator of the former Jim’s Automatic Transmission in Quincy for over twenty-five years.

Joe was an avid bowler and loved the ocean and boating. He was a member of the Dorchester Yacht Club, the Adams Heights Men’s Club in Quincy, and the Quincy Lodge of Elks.

After retirement, Joe enjoyed morning coffee and conversation with his friends.

Most of all, Joe was devoted to his family, especially his grandchildren and great granddaughter, supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for sixty-four years of Judith L. (Crocker) Zagami.

Devoted father of Diane Rubin of Canton, and the late Debra Condon-Davis and her surviving husband William Davis of Quincy.

Loving grandfather of Jamie Rubin and his wife Amy of Holbrook, Danielle Rubin of Canton, Kristen Condon of Mattapoisett, and Cory Condon of West Roxbury. Cherished great grandfather of Jocelyn.

Devoted brother of the late Vincent P. Zagami. Joe is also survived by many cousins and friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Sunday, February 26, from 2 – 5 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Monday, February 27, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Joseph’s memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.


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  • Rest in peace

  • Joe, you were the best father in law, thanks for all the memories of our time together, love you always, Bill

  • Judy and family …
    I have great memories of time spent with Joe and Judy. He used to make my Arthur laugh so hard! I am so sorry for your loss.
    Jackie and family.

  • So very sorry to hear of your loss Judy, Diane and family. I have such fond memories of Joe! He was always teasing and Joking. Loved when he would take us bowling at Merrymount Lanes and he always kept us laughing! He loved you all so much! You are in my thoughts and prayers. I know your memories will bring you comfort Sending much love

  • Judy and family, so sorry to hear of Joey passing. He was a great guy. Love Marie 7& Jim

  • Thoughts and prayers at this time. RIP Joe.

  • De and I were very fond of Joe and his sense of humor. He was a wonderful neighbor and loved giving unsolicited advice about doing things “The Hough’s Neck Way.” A kind and generous man that loved life. What more can anyone ask for. Best to the entire Zagami family.

  • We spent more summer days at cookouts at my parents house than I can count. Joe was always the one everyone wanted to be around. Always the life of the party. Jim’s Transmission was a hangout for all Joes friends. You could always stop in for advice about cars or just a good laugh. Those days seem like yesterday, Joe will be missed but not forgotten.
    Sincerest condolences go out to All Joes family from ours.

  • Dear Diane, so sorry for the loss of your dad. Sending you lots of love.

  • With the deepest sympathy to the zagami family Joe was always a pleasure to talk to a lot of good memories with him and brother Vinny mom and dad Houghs Neck has lost another legend .May you rest in peace joe.

  • Sorry, to hear about Joe. He was just a great guy. Whenever you saw Joe he was always laughing. Always, quick with a joke. He will be missed by all that knew him. God Bless to all the family.