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“Joey, may you rest in peace now with your beautiful wife Joanne. You and Joanne have such beautiful daughters and a very handsome son. What a...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Linda DaCruz - Gloucester, MA

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2 of 22 | Posted by: ida osier - gloucester, MA

“My condolences to Nina and her family. You are all in my prayers. ”
3 of 22 | Posted by: Tamaria Crabtree - Cocoa, FL

“Joe was a funny smart and one helluva guy. He will be sadly missed ”
4 of 22 | Posted by: Tim Costa - Gloucester, MA

“Gina and family, sorry for your loss. ”
5 of 22 | Posted by: Lisa McGoldrick - Lynn, MA

“Joey, it was a pleasure to have known you all of these years. You leave behind your family - your legacy, and many friends who will miss you greatly ~ ”
6 of 22 | Posted by: Susan Gleason - Gloucester, MA

“~ An amazing life, cut too short, but you made your mark on many...joined once again with your loving and beloved wife Joanne, never to be separated...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Faye Passanisi - Gloucester, MA

“To my Beautiful Girls and Rossi I am so sorry Joe was a great guy I know he is now with Joanne and they will be together forever in life I am sorry I...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Pauline Puccio Stevens - FL

“RIP, heaven will be an even better place now that you have arrived. ”
9 of 22 | Posted by: sal & carole gilardi - gloucester, MA

“So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you. I am Jean Testeverde's cousin. ”
10 of 22 | Posted by: MARY ANN MIGLIETTA - NY

“We are all here for you at the park!!! So sorry for your loss. ”
11 of 22 | Posted by: Kelly Rebidue - lynn, MA

“Rest in peace my friend. You will be missed.Our prayers are and will be with u daily. GOD BLESS YOU JACK & CYNTHIA ”
12 of 22 | Posted by: jack sutera - gloucester, MA

“Dear Gina and Family, Thinking of You. Sorry for your Loss. Karen ”
13 of 22 | Posted by: karen hallinan - lynn, MA

“My deepest condolences go out to Joe's Family and Friends. Joe is a part of this close knit city of Gloucester...he will be missed. ”
14 of 22 | Posted by: Barbie Brown - Gloucester, MA

“We went to school and graduated together and remember the days we all hung out on Spring street ”
15 of 22 | Posted by: Capt. Phil Cusumano - Gloucester, MA

“We will all miss your wonderful smile and upbeat personality. It was a gift to have known you. ”
16 of 22 | Posted by: Wendy Prendergast - Gloucester, MA

“My deepest condolences to the whole family! Growing up I do faintly remember him from playing with all the kids! My heart breaks for all of you stay...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Nicholle - Manchester, NH

“My deepest condolences to the whole family! Growing up I do faintly remember him from playing with all the kids! My heart breaks for all of you stay...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Nicholle - Manchester, NH

“Always positive...smiled often...God Bless You. ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: Scott Phinney - Glouceswter, MA

“FAIR WINDS,AND FOLLOWING SEAS...my prayers go with you and my condolences go out to your loved ones ”
20 of 22 | Posted by: Scott Cunningham - Raymond, NH

“My deepest sympathies to you all. I pray that God will see you through these dark days. He is going home to see his beautiful Angel, your wonderful...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Lisa. Marie. Anne Kirvan - MA

“My heart and prayers are with you...with the deepest love and sympathy....Pam + eileen ”
22 of 22 | Posted by: pam - gloucester, MA


Captain Joseph John Testaverde, 63, lifelong Gloucester Fisherman steamed out for his final trip on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 to join his late wife Joanne Puccio Testaverde. He was born in Gloucester on March 24th 1951 to Captain Rosario "Salve" Testaverde and Antonina "Lena" (Randazza) Testaverde into a Sicilian family tradition of fishing. It was the sea that ran through his veins, starting at the age of 7 as his fathers deckhand and eventually becoming owner and Captain of his own boats. Joe was a graduate of Gloucester High School Class of 1969 and a graduate of The Franklin Institute studying architectural design. He lived in Gloucester his entire life and you could catch him in his earlier years in the pilot house of one of his boats aboard the Linda B, The Peter and Linda, The Nina T or at Fisherman's Wharf mending nets or more importantly in the fo'c'sle cooking for the crew. Joe immersed himself into the life and was always at the front lines of political change advocating for fisherman's rights with the Gloucester Fisheries Commission , Waters Way Commission and many other fisheries causes. He was a shareholder as well as past president of the Fisherman's Wharf . In 1994, he was the recipient of the National Fisherman Highliner of the year award. Joe enjoyed speaking on advisory councils to fight back against the Government restrictions with not anger and frustration but with science and innovation. When he was not at sea he was spending time with his family or taking trips to other ports to learn of ways to improve the industry he loved so much. In later days you might catch him at the "office" a bench down the boulevard where he and his most treasured dog Boston Blackie would be meeting up with his friends. He loved to reminisce and share stories of how Gloucester was "back in the day". Recently Joe has spent his days passing on his cooking skills in his daughter's kitchen and telling stories of their family's rich heritage. If you knew Joe personally, you know of his integrity, his large heart and his ever-giving nature. Joe leaves an enormous sadness in the community that he loved so much. Joe is survived by; his brothers Thomas and his wife Rosanne, Salvatore and his wife Joanne; sister-in-law, Jean Testaverde and aunt Josie Ciaramitaro; Five children Christine Testaverde and Larry Luce, Gina Testaverde-Williams and Nathan Williams, Antonina and Stephen Crabtree, Annemarie Testaverde-Palmatier and Adam Palmatier, Rosario Joseph Anthony Testaverde. As well as his beloved grandchildren Rosemarie, Carissa, and Joanne Luce, Brittany, Chase and Logan Williams, Makenzie J. Taylor and Anessa Palmatier. He also leaves behind his treasured dog Boston Blackie. He was predeceased by his parents Rosario "Salve" and Lena "Nina" (Randazza) Testaverde; his beloved brother John S. Testaverde, in laws Nora and Anthony Puccio. Visiting hours in the Greely Funeral Home will be held on Sunday, March 1st from 4 to 8 p.m. His funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester on Monday at 8:45 a.m. followed by a prayer service in St. Ann's Church on Monday at 9:30 a.m. Extended family and friends are cordially invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Testaverde Family, c/o Gina Testaverde, 34 Reynard Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.

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