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Joseph E. "Chipper" Costanza, Jr.

Joseph E. "Chipper" Costanza, Jr.
  • December 12, 1947 - April 13, 2019
  • Melrose, Massachusetts
  • In lieu of flowers, the Costanza family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • Northeast Animal Shelter
    347 Highland Ave.,
    Salem, MA 01970

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“Cheryl,Judy,LynnetteI am so sorry to hear Chipper passed away.I am in Florida for the winter now and don't get news of this nature for a while.Chip...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Kevin Greelish - Topsfield, MA

“So sad to hear of Chipper's passing. He was a good guy and will be missed. ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Sylvia Gallezzo - Wakefield, MA

“My sincere condolences to the family for your loss. May you find strength in your faith and look to your friends in this time of sorrow. ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Nina Di Orio - Melrose, MA

“RIP Chipper. Thank you for your kindness. ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Judy Donahue - Laconia, NH

“Sincerest sympathies to the family. Love, Nancy and Steve Padulsky ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Nancy Padulsky - Bradenton, FL

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Joseph E. "Chipper" Costanza Jr. died at his home in Melrose on April 13, 2019. He was 71 years of age. Joseph was born on December 12, 1947, graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1965 and has been a lifelong resident of Melrose. Mr. Costanza worked as a machinist at the Polaroid Corporation for over 25 years. Chipper was a lover of sports and was a huge Boston sports fan. He was a longtime member of the Melrose Lodge of Elks, loved going to the beach and enjoyed watching comedy sitcoms on TV like the Honeymooners, the Drew Carey Show and Seinfeld to name a few. Joseph was also a dog lover, had dogs his entire life and especially loved his best pal "Ollie". Mr. Costanza was the beloved brother of Lynnette Von Kriegenbergh of Melrose, Cheryl D'Amore & her husband John of Saugus, Judy Gallant of Melrose and the late John Melchionno & the late Nickolas "Buzzy" Costanza. Lifelong and dear friend of Nancy Donato of Turner Hills, MA and Best Pal to Ollie. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 2:00-6:00PM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Joe's name to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave, Salem, MA 01970.