Joseph Maurice Demanche
Joseph Maurice Demanche
  • October 16, 1930 - February 9, 2017
  • Massachusetts

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Joseph Demanche, Maury to most, passed away on February 9th at Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Born in New Bedford, MA., he was the son of the late Joseph Alfred and Catherine(Brochu) Demanche. He will now join his brothers Armand and Roger who preceded him. He is survived by brothers Paul and Robert and a sister, Pauline Portelance.

Maury was a lifelong resident of Fairhaven, attending Sacred Hearts School and then graduating from Fairhaven High School in 1949. A two-sport athlete in football and baseball he played for the legendary coach Mel Entin. After graduation he entered the Air Force and served in Okinawa, Japan during the Korean War.

Upon his return, he went to work as a pipefitter for his father's business and subsequently joined the plumbers and pipefitters union, remaining a member for 62 years, first with Local 644, then Local 77. A staunch union supporter, he served in several leadership roles, the most significant being the President of the pension fund, overseeing its exceptional growth during some trying times. He also restarted his athletic involvement, playing on numerous softball teams as well as semiprofessional football with the Fairhaven Varsity Club.

It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Gladys Haslam. The two were married in April of 1958 and enjoyed a marriage that spanned almost 60 years. They had 2 children: Paul "Spanky" Demanche, who resides in Centerville, MA along with his wife Cathy and their 2 children, Riley and Haley. A daughter, Kathy Silver who resides in Fairhaven with her husband Bill and their 2 children Kerri and Gregory.

He was a youth league coach in both baseball and football, serving as a positive role model for numerous, young men in his beloved hometown. In addition, he served as an usher at St. Mary's Church and was a long-time member of both the Thomas Livsey Club and the Reservation Golf Course.

In his later years he enjoyed spirited debates and "holding court" at both clubhouses, vigorously defending his beloved New York Yankees. But his most cherished times came as a husband, father and grandfather. "Poppy" loved family gatherings and took great pride in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. He left this world knowing that all were in good hands, especially his "KK" with her fiancé Tony Rodrigues.

His guidance and compassion will truly be missed.

Relatives and friends will be received Friday, February 17th from 4-8 pm at Fairlawn Mortuary, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven, MA. A funeral mass will be held at 9 am at St. Mary's Church, 440 Main St., Fairhaven, MA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at:, Massachusetts Chapter or CFF, 220 North Main St. Suite 104, Natick, MA. 01760. A private burial will be held at a later date.