Gabriel J. ‘Joe’ Pica Jr.

October 2, 2015

U.S. Veteran

US Army

Korean War Veteran

GABRIEL J.”JOE” PICA JR., in Pocasset, formerly of Lexington and Florida, October 2nd. Beloved husband of Dolores S. (LoCicero) Pica. Devoted father of Laura A. Kirk and her husband Jeffrey of Dunstable, Joseph G. “Joey” Pica and his wife Karen of Lowell and Thomas “Tommy” Pica and Kristie of Woburn. Dear brother of Lucille McQuinn of ME, Laureen Sherman of Stoneham, Lawrence Giarrizzo of NH and the late Elizabeth Richards. Loving grandfather of Matthew and Bethany Culbertson, Jonathan, Stephen, Drew, Jeremy,and Katie Pica. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, October 8th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, 20 Follen Road, Lexington at 10 a.m. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Calling hours on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Joe’s memory to the American Heart Assoc.,300 5th Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451 or American Lung Assoc., 460 Totten Pond Road, Waltham, MA 02451.

OBITUARY:

Gabriel J. “Joe” Pica Jr., passed away Friday evening, October 2nd at the Falmouth Hospital surrounded by his wonderful family. The beloved husband of Dolores (LoCicero) Pica he was eighty one years of age.

Born in Malden he was one of five children born to the late Gabrial J. and Grace (Zagaria) Pica. Raised in Wakefield he attended school there graduating from Wakefield High School with the Class of 1952. Following high school he furthered his education at Boston Trade School learning the appropriate and proper manner in which to become an excellent plumber and pipefitter. Following Boston Trade, Joe enlisted in the United States Army serving his country proudly during the Korean War.

Upon returning home, he was introduced to this charming young woman Dolores LoCicero, a family friend. Well, that was the beginning of a relationship which from the time they were married to this Thursday, the day he will be buried, covered fifty five years to the day. Joe worked for a private plumber for a few years and then secured himself a position at Polaroid, where he remained until his retirement in 1995.

Joe and Delores brought three great children into the world to whom he was devoted. Taking great pride in his children and all of their accomplishments gave Joe great satisfaction and happiness. When Joe first married he and some of his family members all got together and assisted Joe in building his new home in Lexington, where he and his family remained for years. He was an extremely hard worker and a top notch provider for the family. Joe was not a man to sit idle! There was always something, somewhere that needed to be tended to and he was just the man for the job.

When Joe retired he and Dolores had a wonderful time. They had become “snow birds” so winters were spent in Florida. In 2001 they decided to spend the rest of the year in Pocasset, which worked out beautifully over the years.

Everything Joe did was always for the family. Travelling cross country with the family for two and a half months covering every nook, cranny and corner. Later over to Italy to visit the place of his parents birth and to truly explore his heritage and culture. Joe took great pride in his Italian heritage and roots.

A very proud, hard working, upstanding man Joe was steadfast throughout his lifetime. A legacy that will be long lasting in the hearts he held dear.

In addition to his parents Joe was also predeceased by his sister Elizabeth Richards.

Joe is lovingly survived by his beloved wife of fifty five years Dolores S. (LoCicero) Pica his children Laura A. Kirk and her husband Jeffrey of Dunstable, Joseph G. “Joey” Pica and his wife Karen of Lowell and Thomas “Tommy” Pica and Kristie of Woburn. Dear brother of Lucille McQuinn of ME, Laureen Sherman of Stoneham, Lawrence Giarrizzo of NH. Loving grandfather of Matthew and Bethany Culbertson, Jonathan, Stephen, Drew, Jeremy,and Katie Pica. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, October 8th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, 20 Follen Road, Lexington at 10 a.m. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Calling hours on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Joe’s memory to the American Heart Assoc.,300 5th Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451 or American Lung Assoc., 460 Totten Pond Road, Waltham, MA 02451.

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  1. Dolores and family – We are so sorry to learn about Joe’s passing. He was always so warm and caring toward us. May he rest in peace.
    Love, Shirley and Bruce Wilson.

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