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Joseph L. "Joe" Ippolito, Jr.

Joseph L. "Joe" Ippolito, Jr.
  • March 30, 1928 - January 27, 2018
  • Melrose, Massachusetts
  • St. Mary's of the Annunciation School
    4 Myrtle St.
    Melrose, MA 02176

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A visit, to Mr. Ippolito's home. I will miss our many calls and emails. R. I. P.
1 of 15 | Posted by: Pat Benti

Barnes School. Room 7B. I think I'm on the far left.
2 of 15 | Posted by: Pat Benti

Me, with Mr. Ippolito's idol, Welter Weght Champ, Tony DeMarco. He was thrilled to meet Tony.
3 of 15 | Posted by: Pat Benti

“A PAL AT B C IN SECTION O FROM 1948 TO 1952 ESPECIALLY WITH FR RUSSELL SULLIVAN.............. ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: JAMES H SMITH - MASHPEE, MA

“I met Joe (Papa) through my extended family when i was a twenty year old girl visiting Boston for the first time in 1975. From that first meeting I...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Anna Moras - Melbourne, Australia

“Rita, our most heartfelt condolences for the loss of Mr. Ippolito. He was a wonderful man, a loyal friend and an outstanding boss and leader. It was...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Fernando and Cesidia Roffo

“Rita, our most heartfelt condolences for the loss of Mr. Ippolito. He was a wonderful man, a loyal friend and an outstanding boss and leader. It was...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Fernando and Cesidia Roffo

“Joe was one of the most respected administrators of BPS. His career was marked by the quality of his caring for the children, staff who worked for...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: John LoConte - Coworker

“Dear Joe-I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. The photo pictorial is beautiful and certainly portrays what a full life he had, filled with...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Kathy Slattery - Syracuse, NY

“Dear Joe and Mary,"Fair winds and following seas" to your Dad--a member of the greatest generation. I thank him for his sacrifices to keep us free...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Sue Daly - Melrose, MA

“My cousin! Oh, how sad I am to hear of your passing.... you were a legend to us -- you were gifted and talented and such a character - I loved you...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Diana Dorste - Millington, NJ

“I am so sorry for your loss...he was a wonderful man who will be truly missed. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Brenda and George Perry - Saugus, MA

“Rita, and family, no words can say how sorry I am for your loss of such a wounderful person. I love this man, from the first day I met him, he...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Rosemary Messina - Malden, MA

“Rest in Peace, dear oldest friend. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Rita and your children and grandchildren from Fran and Paul Giambarba (MHS...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Paul Giambarba - Mashpee, MA

“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 »
15 of 15 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


Joseph "Joe" Louis Ippolito Jr. passed away on Saturday, January 27th, 2018 at the age of 89 surrounded by his family at his home for the past 53 years in Melrose, Massachusetts. Joseph is predeceased by his younger sister Jane Ippolito. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Rita Porzio Ippolito, two children, his daughter, Jane Murray and her husband John, and his son, Joseph Ippolito and his wife Mary. Joe has five granddaughters or "beavers" as he liked to call them, Jenna Murray, Jessica Ippolito, Gina Ippolito, Joanna Murray, and Jacquelyn Murray. Joseph Louis Ippolito Junior was born on March 30, 1928 in Medford, Massachusetts. He was a proud veteran of the United States Navy and served during World War II. After his time in the Navy, Joe attended Boston College. He graduated from BC in 1952 and was a proud alumnus. After graduating, getting married, and starting a family, Joe was an educator in the Boston Public Schools for 40 years. He retired from the Boston Public Schools in 1993 with the title Headmaster Emeritus. He was a lover of cooking, reading, sports especially baseball, and history. However, his first and most important love was his family and friends. Joe was the dictionary definition of a "family man!" Being surrounded by family, friends, and food was Joe's nirvana. It is what he lived for. He will be greatly missed. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Wednesday, Jan. 31st from 4-8PM. Procession from the Gately Funeral Home on Thursday, Feb. 1st at 8:45AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church, 9 Herbert St., Melrose at 10AM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial with military honors at Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Mary's of the Annunciation School, 4 Myrtle Street Melrose, MA 02176.