Joseph P. ‘Joe’ Soave

March 2, 2017

Joseph P. ‘Joe’ Soave
U.S. Veteran

US Army

Korean War Veteran

JOSEPH P. “JOE” SOAVE of Woburn, March 2nd, unexpectedly. Beloved husband of the late Barbara A. (Draper) Soave. Devoted father of Stacie A. Mulrenan, her husband Michael of Woburn, Christie Surianello, her husband Joseph of Tewksbury and Amy Highet, her husband Paul of Stoneham. Dear brother of Dolores Schafer, her husband Richard of Woburn and the late Philip Soave, his wife Margaret, Theresa Torrice, her husband John. Cherished grandfather of Mariesa Holloway, her husband Brent, Joseph “Jay” Surianello, Leah Mulrenan, her husband Andres Cuartes, Scott Highet and great-grandfather of Cody and Evelyn Holloway. Also lovingly survived by his aunt, Ann Mantini, many cousins, nieces, nephews and his very “special family” at Ollie’s Service Center. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Monday, March 6th, at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are invited to call Sunday, March 5th, from 3-7 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Remembrances may be made in Joe’s memory to The Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or Eternal Word Television Network, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL, 35210.

OBITUARY:

Joseph P. “Joe” Soave a life long Woburn resident passed away unexpectedly at his home, Thursday, March second. Beloved son of the late Giuseppe and Adele (Mantini) Soave. He was eighty three years of age.

Born and raised in Woburn’s South End, Joe attended Woburn Schools, where he excelled at football, which earned him the nostalgic nickname of “Slam-Bam”. He was a proud graduate of Woburn High School along with the Class of 1952.

Shortly after high school Joe would have a date on the fourth of July with a lovely young lady by the name of Barbara. Needless to say there were fireworks! This would be the beginning of the best 49 years of Joe’s life. Not only had he met a wonderful young woman, he had also met his best friend, confidant,and beloved wife and mother of his children. Joe and Barbara shared an undying love for each other, a bond which was never be broken and only grew stronger over all the years.

A week after marriage Joe was called to duty to serve his country in Korea. He served proudly and defended our country without hesitation. Upon arriving home Joe vowed to never go camping, as he “had slept in enough tents,” He held true to his word!

Joe held many jobs during his lifetime. The job he enjoyed most was when he worked for Jaquiths where Joe delivered grain to farms and lyme to tanneries. Joe also worked at High Voltage where he would become the “go to guy”. While at High Voltage Joe helped with constructing the worlds largest air-insulated Van De Graaff Generator at the Museum of Science in Boston, also known as the “Lightning Machine”. During all this time Joe worked at Ollie’s Super Service on nights and Saturday’s. He would hold this position for over 50 years. Over these 50 years he would make many special friends and be apart of the “Ollie’s Family”.

Joe was a true family man. There was no place he would rather be then at home spending time with his three daughters Stacie, Christie, and Amy, and of course his adored wife Barbara. With Joe family didn’t mean just blood relatives it included many close and dear friends. He always enjoyed hosting family events and holidays, especially Christmas.

If there was ever anything to be fixed, Joe was your guy! He could fix anything. Cars to plumbing to sewing to electricity, there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix. Joe always had a knack for cars, his cars were always meticulously maintained. When Joe’s sister Dolores took a sewing class Joe decided he himself would take a shot at sewing. So he chose a pattern, took the class and made his wife Barbara a beautiful green dress, the she had worn with great pride!

As an avid outdoors man he enjoyed hunting with his father and uncles at a young age. In later years he would enjoy the same experience with his brother-in-law, and close friend Joe Berardi. where they would hunt around Horn Pond as well as in Westford.

Joe will always be remembered as a wonderfully loving, strong, and loyal husband, father, grand father and friend to many.

Sadly Joe was predeceased by his dear wife Barbara and siblings Philip Soave, his wife Margaret, Theresa Torrice, her husband John.

Joe was the lovingly devoted father of Stacie A. Mulrenan, her husband Michael of Woburn, Christie Surianello, her husband Joseph of Tewksbury and Amy Highet, her husband Paul of Stoneham. Dear brother of Dolores Schafer, her husband Richard of Woburn. Cherished grandfather of Mariesa Holloway, her husband Brent, Joseph “Jay” Surianello, Leah Mulrenan, her husband Andres Cuartes, Scott Highet and great-grandfather of Cody and Evelyn Holloway. Also lovingly survived by his aunt, Ann Mantini, many cousins, nieces, nephews and his very “special family” at Ollie’s Service Center. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Monday, March 6th, at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are invited to call Sunday, March 5th, from 3-7 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Remembrances may be made in Joe’s memory to The Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or Eternal Word Television Network, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL, 35210.

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  1. To Joe’s family I offer my sincere condolences and prayers. Joe was always such a delight to talk with whenever i saw him at Ollie’s; a true gentleman. I also remember him from Soave family gatherings. I’m so sorry. Judith (Mantini) Golden

  2. To the Soave family, So sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed he was such a great man, loving husband and father. We have very found memories of Joe growing up and from the gas station. He will be missed.
    Much love Cindy Olson

  3. ,,Joe was, without a doubt, one of the nicest guys I’ve ever known,,Always cheerful, and with a smile on his face,,He will be missed by many,,Heartfelt Condolences to All,,from,,Kathy and Pepe Solorzano,,❤️

  4. dolores, Sorry for your lost. wish I could be there to see you. Live now in Texas. Keeping you and the family in my prayers.

    Mary ( Haverty) Landry

  5. Delores and Richard, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. Your brother was a nice person. I only knew him of course from our younger days on visits to 116 Garfield Ave., the good old days! And happy days with family. I am sorry that I can not be there with you at this sorrowful time because we are in Myrtle Beach and will not be home until April. Love to your family always. Nancy and Victor

  6. To the Soave family,

    Joe was one of the nicest men and will be missed tremendously. He was a great friend and pal to my Dad Jim Doherty. He will be sorely missed at the Gas Station and on their Saturday visits..
    Our prayers and thoughts got out to your family at this difficult time.
    Jennifer and Michael Baxter

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