Joseph R. Tarby Jr.

July 9, 2016

Joseph R. Tarby Jr.
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

JOSEPH R. TARBY, JR – of Woburn, July 9th, eighty nine years of age. Beloved husband of the late Barbara L. (Mason) Tarby Jr. Devoted father of Joseph R. Tarby III, his wife Deborah , Gail Prizio, her husband Joseph, Richard Tarby, his wife Sharon, all of Woburn. Loving brother of Mary Dunkman of Saugus . Special “Pa” of Joseph Prizio III and his wife Stacey, Devon Tarby, David Tarby, Richard Tarby Jr. and Ryan Tarby, great-grand “Pa” of Sophia and Bianca Prizio. 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, July 14th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St, Woburn at 10. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 13th, 3-8 p.m.. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Remembrances may be made in Joe’s memory to the Woburn Pop Warner Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 18, Woburn, MA 01801.


Joseph R. Tarby Jr. of Woburn passed away after a brief illness on July 9, 2016. He was three days short of celebrating his 90th birthday.

Joe was born and raised in Everett, the son of Joseph and Katherine Tarby. He attended Everett High School and enlisted in the Army in August of 1944 during his Junior Year in High School. Joe served in the 6th Infantry Division in the Philippines during World War II rising to the rank of Sargent. After the war Joe’s outfit was transferred to South Korea as the first occupation troops. He received an Honorable Discharge in November 1946 and returned to Everett.

In 1948 Joe went to work at Colonial Beacon Oil Company now known as Exxon Mobil. While an employee of Exxon Mobil Joe served as Treasurer and President of the Esso Workers Union until 1986 when he retired after 38 ½ years of service. In addition, Joe served until his death as the President of the Exxon/Mobil Retirement Club.

In 1950 Joe married the love of his life Barbara Mason of Berlin, New Hampshire. They were married for 52 years.

In 1956 Joe and Barbara moved to Woburn with their three children (Joe III, Gail and Richard). After his children became involved in sports, Joe’s legacy in Woburn sports began.

Coach Tarby has been involved with Woburn Pop Warner for the past 56 years and coaching for 50 years at the Midget level in the Woburn Pop Warner Football Program. During his tenure as head football coach, the Woburn Trojan Midgets had been crowned Middlesex League Champions 16 times. The Trojan “A” Team has been perennial play-off contender and under his guidance the Woburn Pop Warner program has been a dominant force in the EMASS Football Conference and continues to be the role model for many programs in the state. In 1992 he retired from coaching but returned in 2003 at the request of a former player and Coach the late Woburn Police Sargent Paul Connolly. Joe continued actively coaching until 2014.

Coach Tarby also has been a very active member of the Woburn program since joining the program along with his late wife Barbara, in 1962. Mr. Tarby has helped guide the program to great heights acting as President since 1973 and has helped the Woburn program become one of the most respected programs in the state. His hard work and dedication has touched the lives of thousands of the young men and women in the Woburn and Winchester Community, continually helping to supply the Woburn High School Football Program. Throughout all of those years, many great athletes that have graced the field for Woburn High School.

Joe has been an active Board member of the EMASS Football Conference for the past 28 years and had been a former Middlesex League, President, along with being a former EMASS Football Conference President for 10 years. In the 70’s, Coach Tarby was on staff for several years and served as a football coach and instructor at Armand Colombo’s, Camp Monomoy in East Brewster, MA, whose staff included Patriot players, professional, college and high school coaches.

Football was not Joe’s only ambition early on. Coach Tarby was also one of the founding fathers of Woburn Youth Hockey along with being a longtime Bantam Coach before retiring from the program in 1971. Joe also played hockey for many years in the semi-pro Mayflower League before staying with his calling in Woburn Football. His teammates included several members of the 1960 U.S. Olympic Gold Medal Hockey Team.

During the 60’s to the early seventies, Coach Tarby was also a very active member of the Woburn Little League program and was a very successful manager with the Major League J. J. Riley White Sox for many years.

In 2012, Joe was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by Master Sports, an organization who recognize outstanding college, high school and Pop Warner Mentors.

Joe has been a resident of Woburn for the past 60 years and his legacy continues to be an important part in touching many young people’s lives

Joe was predeceased by his loving wife Barbara. He is survived by his three children, Joseph R. Tarby III and his wife Deborah; Gail E. Prizio and her husband Joe; and Richard S. Tarby and his wife Sharon. He is also survived by his sister Mary Dunkman of Saugus and five loving grandchildren, Joe Prizio III and his wife Stacey, Devon Tarby, David Tarby, Richard Tarby Jr. and Ryan Tarby as well as two great-granddaughters Sophia Prizio and Bianca Prizio.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, on Thursday, July 14th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend calling hours at the Lynch Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Wednesday, July 13th, 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Joe’s memory to the Pop Warner Scholarship Fund, c/o Woburn Pop Warner, P.O. Box 18, Woburn, MA.


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  1. Eternal rest,grant unto him O Lord and may the perpetual light shine down upon him. May he rest in peace. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

  2. Our deepest sympathies. Mr Tarby was such a big part of my life and my children’s. He will be deeply missed.

    Robert and Karen Raistrick and family

  3. Tarby family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie & Sandy Culhane

  4. my fondest memory of joe was coming back from Berwick prep academy- maine;1972 ;hitch hiking home on maine tkpe;;snd joe saw me on side of road and pulled over his exxon oil truck and yelled get in quick and I was so relieved;talked Woburn football for

    ride home, lol ;will miss ya joe;;paul lindmark

  5. We are so sorry for your loss. Joe was a big part of our Sebago family and we will truly miss him up here. He was a great guy who made us laugh; we will always remember him fondly.

    Walter and Zoraida Bohn

  6. Joe you will be terribly missed….thank you for everything you have done for the Woburn Pop Warner program…my boys are truly grateful too… R.I.P

  7. Dear Rich and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was an amazing man. My boys loved growing up with Woburn football and both you and your dad made that possible.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Kristen, Kevin, and Kyle Fennelly

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