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Joseph J. Bognore
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“Susan and family...Linda and I, sincere condolences regarding the passing of your father. Semper Fi, Rich Stratton ”
1 of 3 | Posted by: Richard and Linda Stratton - MA

“Joe and Jeni have been wonderful neighbors over the years, from teaching my children how to paint to checking on us during snow storms. One year Joe...Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: Amy Swan - Melrose, MA - Neighbor

“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 »
3 of 3 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


Joseph J. Bognore passed away quietly at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington on December 4th 2018 at the age of 89. The son of the late Alphonse and Jennie Bognore, he was raised in Everett and attended the Everett Vocational High School where his talents and skill in woodworking became evident.

Joe graduated in 1946 and joined the United States Marine corps in 1948. He served in the Marine Corps as an Military Security Guard and was additionally trained as a 1372 – Assault Breacher. He saw duty at Yorktown Virginia, the Naval Station at Bremerton Washington, Guam, Japan and Korea during the Korean War until his expiration of active service in March of 1952, leaving as a Sergeant. He remained a proud United States Marine throughout his life and until his death. He was a life member of the Melrose VFW Post 2394.

Following his Service, Joe returned to Cabinet Making until his acceptance as a Teacher at the Everett Vocational High where he remained employed until his retirement in 1994. Joe was a Master in his Trade and led many young men including his sons John and Dan to develop their skills and to become successful in the Woodworking Industry. He and his students were awarded the Golden Hammer trophy three times for the their excellent workmanship in Cabinetmaking from the Stanley Tool Company. He created an untold number of spectacular cabinets, tables, lamps, chairs and grandfather clocks throughout the course of his life and has remains revered for both his portfolio of work and his steadfast dedication to the trade.

Joe, a resident of Melrose, enjoyed his summers at Hampton NH with his wife Jeni. He was also an avid motorcyclist and toured the United states and Alaska with Jeni ( heart transplant recipient ). ... READ MORE →

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