Joseph D. McCloskey, 87, of Andover, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 27, with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary N. (Scandura) McCloskey.
Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, Joe was one of five siblings, born to the late Dr. Donald and Marie (McGrath) McCloskey. He attended St. John’s Preparatory High School, Boston College, and received a Master of Education from Boston State Teachers College. Upon graduation, Joe began his 35 year career as an educator at the Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Dorchester, Massachusetts, where he had a profound impact on the lives of many students.
Joe was a proud United States Marine with 30 months of active duty during the Korean War. He remained in the Marine Reserves until 1991, retiring with the rank chief warrant officer. For twenty years, Joe served as a member of the 1812 US Marine Guard on the USS Constitution.
Joe was an active traveler and had the opportunity to see many different countries including Ireland, England, Italy, Greece, Australia, Tonga, Africa and New Zealand. He was an avid hiker and after conquering the 4000 footers in New Hampshire’s Presidential Range, he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro at the age of 60. In his later years, his greatest joy was spending time with his family and attending the sporting events of his many grandchildren. Joe was a congregant of St. Augustine Church in Andover for over 40 years, and was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Joe will always be remembered for his kindness and intelligence. He was an honest and gentle man.
In addition to his wife and parents, Joe is predeceased by his brothers, John “Jack” McCloskey, Robert McCloskey, James McCloskey, and Donald McCloskey.
Joe is lovingly survived by his daughter, Maureen Quinlan and her husband, Kerry of Methuen; daughter, Allyson Fortune of Tyngsboro; son, Rick and his wife, Karen of Andover; a cousin, Marie Ward of Marblehead; grandchildren, Nicholas and Kaitlyn Quinlan; Alexander, Connor and Jack Fortune; Nicole, Lauren, and Matthew McCloskey; and Katharine, William, and Julia Leland. Joe is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from 4-8pm at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley Street, Methuen, Massachusetts. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 10 am at St. Augustine Church, 43 Essex St, Andover, Massachusetts. Interment will be held at Spring Grove Cemetery in Andover, following the funeral mass.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at donationtown.org or the Parkinson’s Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org.