Joseph Patti, 95, of Methuen, passed away June 4, 2018 at Holy Family Hospital. Born and educated in Sicily, Mr. Patti was the son of the late Alfio and Rosa (Grasso) Patti. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Italian Army from 1942 to 1945. He moved to the United States in 1952, and spent many years active in local politics, including serving on the Methuen Planning Board. He was employed as a building contractor until his retirement in 2002.
Every day, residents of Methuen and surrounding communities pass by countless buildings that Joe worked on: private homes, the major Methuen school buildings, the bank buildings on Essex Street, estates in Dover, hotels in Laconia, apartments in Manchester, the dining commons at Worcester State College, and even the Tobin Bridge. These buildings provided a great source of pride and accomplishment for Joe; more importantly, each new job brought him opportunities to learn skills and craftsmanship that he valued highly. Even during his last days, he was fascinated by the instruments, materials, and technology used in his hospital care.
Joe was a wonderful cook and baker, always ready to try a new recipe or technique, no matter how difficult. He loved to welcome family around his table to share his pizzas, bread, pasta, and home-made ice cream; there was always something delicious on the grill or in the oven. Also a skilled gardener, Joe took enormous pride in his vegetables and flowers. He spent many sunny days outside in the yard, nurturing small plants and large trees into bursts of color and blossoms. His energy of body and mind kept him constantly busy with indoor and outdoor projects; he loved a heated political debate, a philosophical discussion, and a good book.
Joe was pre-deceased by his beloved wife, Agnes (Trovato) Patti in 2016 after sixty-four years of marriage. He is survived by a sister, Venera Patti, of Sicily; nieces Corinne and Ann-Maria Contarino; as well as other nieces, nephews, and in-laws. Joe was also pre-deceased by a brother, Nello Patti, of Buenos Aires.
Joe would often say, “Life is a continuous battle.” He fought bravely in every battle he ever faced, and found much joy along the way.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, June 8, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen. His funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Corpus Christi Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 35 Essex St., Lawrence. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen.