Joseph ‘Joe’ Craven

July 1, 2016

Joseph ‘Joe’ Craven

JOSEPH “JOE” CRAVEN – in Woburn, July 1st,fifty seven years of age. Beloved son of the late Robert P. and Joanne F. (Hurley) Craven. Devoted brother of Ann Laura Craven and her husband Peter Halley of NYC, NY. Also survived by many loving dear friends. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 11:30. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours on Wednesday 3-8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Joe’s memory to St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, MA, 01801.

OBITUARY:

Joseph “Joe” Craven passed away at his home with his beloved sister at his side. The loving son of the late Robert and Joanne (Hurley) Craven, he was fifty seven years old.

Born in Winchester, he has been a life long resident of Woburn. Raised in the West side of the city, Joe had attended Woburn Schools, graduating with the Class of 1976. A very bright and articulate young man Joe had many choices of colleges after high school but decided to follow his true passion for music. From the time he was a child to the day he died he forever had music in his soul.

The lead vocalist and bass player he established three bands between the years of 1981 and 2005. The first was Freeway from 1981-’87, Reaction from ’94-98 and the Knuckle Draggers from ’98-2005.

When they first started out they played for the hometown crowd at Flag Day, held at Library Park each year. They had continued to play there over a good number of years enjoying each and every performance. Over the years the band had found that Joe’s “Chevy Van” was so accommodating that it became their traveling vehicle. Everywhere they went from the “Northeast Corridor”, to Library Field, Franconia Notch, Vermont or Rhode Island. They could change up their clothing for different performances and when raining, sleep inside! Otherwise sleeping out under the big night skies. being the outdoorsmen they were.

Joe was a dedicated Patriots fan, having held season tickets over the years. A true Patriot, Joe was there for the “not so good” seasons all the way through to the victorious ones! Enjoying all the ups and downs of the seasons, Joe became a “masterful chef” at the the fine art of tailgating! Each week a wonderful menu was prepared and Joe’s culinary skills were put to the test on the day of the game. Always quite successful!

When it came to fishing, Joe was always ready! Lake, river, ocean or pond, Joe was always prepared for a great day. The water, fishing pole, bait and chair provided Joe with a wonderfully relaxing afternoon with or without a bite!

Over the last several years Joe has had some pretty tough medical issues, but never ever did he loose faith or hope. He was an extremely religious man who lived every day to the fullest and was never afraid to express and sing of God’s praises.

Joe surrounded himself with his sister and dear friends whom he has met through his love of music. They provided unending love and care, assisting Joe cope with the adverse affliction and hardship of diabetes. Friends were there every day for Joe, making sure he was ok with food, life, love, happiness and most importantly music, right up to the end.

Joe was sadly predeceased by his parents Bob and Joanne Craven. He is lovingly survived by his dear sister Ann Laura Craven and her husband Peter Halley of NYC, NY. Joe was also survived by his many dear friends. . A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, July 7th at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 11:30. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours on Wednesday 3-8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Joe’s memory to St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, MA, 01801

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  1. RIP Joe you will missed but never forgotten you will always be in my a Sue’s heart we love you. Some day when my time comes I hope we can meet up talk music and jam like we did in the old days. Your old drummer friend, Keith

  2. Peggy Mahar: To family and friends of Joe — I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I met Joe when he was dating my good friend; and my husband, Bob and I spent many wonderful times with him in our younger days. Camping was always fun, and I will never forget Joe’s wonderful sense of humor and love of music. We lost touch over the years, but the memories have come flooding back, and they are good ones! RIP dear Joe….

  3. RIP Joe … Sorry to see you leave us so young.. I think the last time I talked to you was when you were playing at Mickeys in Billerica but you were my friend since Tarky School days ..Keep rockin’ my friend …. Condolences to Ann Laura …. Joe Fitz

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