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Joseph V. Diggin
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  • PKD Foundation
    1001 E. 101st Terrace
    Suite 220
    Kansas City, MO 64131

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“Our prayers are with you during this difficult time ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Patrick Glynn - Quincy, MA

“With deepest sympathy to Kathy and the rest of the family.Flashing back to poker nights with JOE and Big Ed ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Jim Foye - Brockton, MA - Friend

“Mike and family,My condolences for your loss. Although there is nothing I can say to easy your burden, please know you are in my thoughts and...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Diane Zukas - Boston, MA

“Sometimes in life you never meet or speak with a person, but you hear others convey their positive opinions about that individual.Knowing his...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Richard & Grace Bowie - Spotswood, NJ

“Joe was always a fun person to be around. I can remember many conversations with him where I shared his laughter. I thought it contagious. He will be...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Paul Diggin - N. Attelboro, MA

“Joe was always a fun person to be around. I can remember many conversations with him where I shared his laughter. I thought it contagious. He will be...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Paul Diggin - N. Attelboro, MA

“Joe was always a fun person to be around. I can remember many conversations with him where I shared his laughter. I thought it contagious. He will be...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Paul Diggin - N. Attelboro, MA

“Joe was always a fun person to be around. I can remember many conversations with him where I shared his laughter. I thought it contagious. He will be...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Paul Diggin - N. Attelboro, 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 »
9 of 9 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Joseph V. Diggin passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on September 28, 2018 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 68 years of age. Joseph was born in Boston on February 1, 1950 to the late Edward & Alice (Thornton) Diggin. He was raised in Dorchester, graduated from Dorchester High School and attended Boston State College. Joseph lived in Malden for several years and has been a resident of Melrose since 1977. Mr. Diggin worked for the MBTA for over twenty five years, first as a bus driver, then in the mechanical division and finished his career as an accounting clerk. He was a former member of the Wakefield Lodge of Elks, was a huge Patriots fan and was a longtime season ticket holder. Joe enjoyed fishing in the White River in Vermont, renting a house every summer on the Saco River in North Conway and doing the Boston Globe crossword puzzle every morning. He also loved the trips he took driving across the United States coast to coast. But above all he cherished the times spent with his family and granddaughter Kylie. He was the beloved husband of 23 years to the late Linda J. (Egan) Diggin. Loving father of Melissa A. Diggin of Malden & Kristina M. Diggin of Melrose. Cherished grandfather of Kylie Helen Copithorne of Melrose. Caring brother of Michael Diggin & his wife Charlotte, Kathleen Cahalane & her husband James, Gerard Diggin, John Diggin and the late Edward Diggin. Also survived by several nieces, nephews & friends. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 4:00-8:00PM. A funeral service will be held at Gately Funeral Home on Wednesday October 3rd at 10:00AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Joseph's name to the PKD Foundation, 1001 East 101st Terrace, Suite 220, Kansas City, MO 64131.