Joseph M. Walgreen, age 80

of Holbrook

Joseph M. Walgreen, age 80

Joseph M. Walgreen, age 80, of Holbrook, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Sunday, June 25, 2023 at South Shore Hospital, in the comfort of his loving family.

Joseph was born in Milton, to the late John and Louise (Maynard) Walgreen-Solano. Raised and educated in Milton and Braintree, he was a graduate of Braintree High School, Class of 1961. He lived in Holbrook for twenty years, previously in Quincy for thirty years.

Joe proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era aboard the U.S.S. Mills (DER-383).

He was employed as a sheet metal fabricator with General Dynamics at the former Fore River Shipyard in Quincy for twenty years and had been retired for many years. Previously, Joe was employed as a driver for Hertz Rental Car.

He was devoted to his family, especially his cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren, supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for thirty-eight years of Sharon J. (McCarty) Walgreen.

Devoted father of Wayne Walgreen and his wife Debbie of Middleboro, Kimberly Roche of Quincy and her late husband Dennis, Lynda Rooney and her husband Joseph of Plymouth, Carol Collins and her husband Michael of Fla, Rayschelle Ventresca and her husband James of Ga., Nicole Walgreen of Ga., Rene Miller and her fiancé Chris of Plymouth, Eric Walgreen of Holbrook, Jeffrey Walgreen and his wife Cala of Norton, Michael Walgreen and his fiancée Avalon of Quincy, and the late infant Joseph M. Walgreen, Jr.

Loving grandfather of fifteen and great grandfather of ten.

Dear brother of John Walgreen and his wife Sonia of Mansfield, Jeffrey Walgreen and his wife Diana of N.C., Janet Stiller and her husband Neal of Martha’s Vineyard, and the late James Walgreen and his surviving wife Marie of Randolph.

Brother-in-law of Darleen Austin and her husband Tom of Brooksville, Fla. and son-in-law of the late Violet Maynard.

Joe is also survived by many nieces, nephews, their families, and all his dear friends in Holbrook.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Sunday, July 2, 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, July 3, at 10 a.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.


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  • Joe was a wonderful man. Always so kind to myself and my children. We’ll miss that great smile.

  • Our condolences. Prayers for all of the family will continue.

  • Uncle Joe,
    My dad loved you and Sharon so much… your funny, mischievous presence is already missed but I know you are in a better place… god you would be so proud of how Sharon lovingly watched over you!!! Much much love Uncle Joe and when you reach heaven tell my dad I love and miss him too💜💜💜

  • My heartfelt condolences and sympathy for my Aunt Sharon and to my cousins Nicole, Lynda and Rene for the passing of a cherished husband, father, uncle and grandpa. Our family Uncle Joe’s passing and celebrates his wonderful life fe. Hugs and kisses to the entire family. May he rest in peace with my father Jim Walgreen in heaven ♥️♥️🙏🙏

  • Fly with angels of the family uncle Joe. You will be greatly missed by everyone. With our deepest live and sympathy, your neice Maria Walgreen Bergas and husband Mike. We love you!

  • Rest in Peace in Heaven Dad. You will be missed

  • Mr. Walgreen,
    Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the U.S. Navy during the Cold War as a “Tin Can Sailor” on the Destroyer Escort USS Mills. Millions of Americans slept safe at night because you and your fellow Servicemen stood ready to defend our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

    Fair Winds And Following Seas

  • Joe was with me for over 80 years. I will miss him more than words can say.. I will keep him and his family in my thoughts and prayers.