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Joseph W. Appleyard Obituary


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“I was so sorry to hear about Joe. I was friends with Joe early on in college. In fact - we went together to get our ears pierced in Harvard Square...Read More »
1 of 92 | Posted by: Colleen McManus

“My condolences to Joe's family. I knew him through my brother and we overlapped for 2 years at BC. Joe was one of the good guys. I last hung out...Read More »
2 of 92 | Posted by: Kevin McCarthy - Fall River, MA

“Dear Appleyard Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this hard time. We have always appreciated the friendship of Steve and have...Read More »
3 of 92 | Posted by: Joe and Marsann Easterday - WA

“I am heartbroken to hear of Joe's early passing. Joe and I were JVC housemates and worked together in the L'Arche Community. He had a gentle spirit...Read More »
4 of 92 | Posted by: Eve Beale Schott - Tacoma, WA

“I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I new Joe from some of the different hikes and events with the AMC. I also went a couple times with him...Read More »
5 of 92 | Posted by: Gary Gengo - Chelmsford, MA

“Dear Appleyard Family, I am very, very saddened to hear of the loss of Joe. I remember him very fondly from my days in the Appalachian Mountain...Read More »
6 of 92 | Posted by: Jeffrey Patterson - Alexandria, VA

“My condolences to the entire Appleyard family. I was on vacation when I heard the news. I knew Joe for many years, as his uncle grew up right...Read More »
7 of 92 | Posted by: Alan Beck - Bedford, MA

“Dear Appleyard family, We are so sadden to learn the news of Joe. We had the great luck of becoming friends with Joe as JVC's in Tacoma. We...Read More »
8 of 92 | Posted by: Miriam and Peter Finch - Seattle, WA

“Dear Appleyard Family- Your friends in Seattle are mourning the loss of your son, brother, uncle, your dear sweet Joe. We had the privilege of...Read More »
9 of 92 | Posted by: The Connors -- Kari, Brennan, Delaney, Riley, Flannery - WA

“Steve- I learned about the passing of your brother from Mike last night. I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine the heartache you and your...Read More »
10 of 92 | Posted by: John McMahon - Essex Junction, VT

“Steve, We were shocked to hear the news of your brothers passing. Our hearts break for you and your family. I still have an image in my mind of...Read More »
11 of 92 | Posted by: mike bianchi - tacoma, WA

“Dearest Appleyards, Please accept our deepest condolences for your great loss. Our family keeps you close in our thoughts and prayers during this...Read More »
12 of 92 | Posted by: Julianne, Joseph, Jennifer and Roseanne (Greene) Orsino

“Dear Appleyard Family, I'm writing to share my memories of the times I spent with Joe in Seattle the days before Steve's wedding. This was the first...Read More »
13 of 92 | Posted by: Robert Bernstein - Seattle, WA

“Dear Mr. and Mrs. Appleyard, We were sad to hear the news about Joe. My wife Kimberly attended BC with Joe and has very fond memories of him. I...Read More »
14 of 92 | Posted by: James Kinskey - Seattle, WA

“Dear Appleyard Family, Many of Steve's friends in Seattle never had the chance to meet Joe but we were stunned to hear of his death and grieve for...Read More »
15 of 92 | Posted by: Christine Campbell and Dave Budd - WA

“I was so sorry to hear about Joe. I was friends with Joe early on in college. In fact - we went together to get our ears pierced in Harvard Square...Read More »
16 of 92 | Posted by: Colleen McManus

“My condolences to Joe's family. I knew him through my brother and we overlapped for 2 years at BC. Joe was one of the good guys. I last hung out...Read More »
17 of 92 | Posted by: Kevin McCarthy - Fall River, MA

“My heartfelt sympathies to all the Appleyards. I went to B.C. with Stephen and remember Joseph from those days. He and you will be in my prayers. ...Read More »
18 of 92 | Posted by: Marie (Murphy) Glenn - MA

“Dear Appleyard family: I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I was a classmate of Stephen's at BC and I fondly remember your family. Please accept...Read More »
19 of 92 | Posted by: Marisa Fusaro - Ottawa

“To the Appleyard family, I am very sorry to hear about Joe's passing. I knew Joe from Community Boating, where I sailed with him often. He was a...Read More »
20 of 92 | Posted by: Bob Khederian - Dedham, MA

“Dear Appleyard Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this hard time. We have always appreciated the friendship of Steve and have...Read More »
21 of 92 | Posted by: Joe and Marsann Easterday - WA

“I am heartbroken to hear of Joe's early passing. Joe and I were JVC housemates and worked together in the L'Arche Community. He had a gentle spirit...Read More »
22 of 92 | Posted by: Eve Beale Schott - Tacoma, WA

“I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I new Joe from some of the different hikes and events with the AMC. I also went a couple times with him...Read More »
23 of 92 | Posted by: Gary Gengo - Chelmsford, MA

“Dear Appleyard Family, I am very, very saddened to hear of the loss of Joe. I remember him very fondly from my days in the Appalachian Mountain...Read More »
24 of 92 | Posted by: Jeffrey Patterson - Alexandria, VA

“My condolences to the entire Appleyard family. I was on vacation when I heard the news. I knew Joe for many years, as his uncle grew up right...Read More »
25 of 92 | Posted by: Alan Beck - Bedford, MA - friend

“Dear Appleyard family, We are so sadden to learn the news of Joe. We had the great luck of becoming friends with Joe as JVC's in Tacoma. We...Read More »
26 of 92 | Posted by: Miriam and Peter Finch - Seattle , WA

“Dear Appleyard Family- Your friends in Seattle are mourning the loss of your son, brother, uncle, your dear sweet Joe. We had the privilege of...Read More »
27 of 92 | Posted by: The Connors -- Kari, Brennan, Delaney, Riley, Flannery - WA

“Dear Appleyard Family, I knew Joe sailing and working together at CBI. I was saddenned to hear the news of his passing. He will be missed by so...Read More »
28 of 92 | Posted by: David Lucia - Winchester, MA, MA

“To the Appleyards, I knew Joe from our days at BC. It's been many years since I've seen him, but I am so sad to hear of his loss. I will remember...Read More »
29 of 92 | Posted by: Allison Hughes Goddard - CA

“I am so sorry for your loss, it is so sad to loose someone as young as Joe. My thoughts are with you and your family. ”
30 of 92 | Posted by: Jeynaba Toure - Community Boating, MA

“Dear Steve, Jane, David, Richard, and Betty: We are terribly saddened by the loss of Joe. He was a terrific guy, very gentle and kind. Our...Read More »
31 of 92 | Posted by: Dan and Beth Malone - Seattle, WA

“Dear Jane and Appleyard Family, My deepest sympathy goes out to you at this difficult time. I am terribly sorry for your enormous loss. Love, ...Read More »
32 of 92 | Posted by: Jennie Cullen - Gaithersburg, MD

“I knew Joe through Community Boating in Boston. A great guy and a very completive sailor. We sailed together on occasion and against each other...Read More »
33 of 92 | Posted by: Larry Simeone - Watertown, MA

“My deepest condolences to the Appleyard family. I have sailed with Joe for many years and I considered him a great friend. Kate ”
34 of 92 | Posted by: Kate Fontanella - Cambridge, MA

“Jane: From all of us here at Legacy, please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sad to hear of your brother's...Read More »
35 of 92 | Posted by: Julie Cartwright - Washington, DC

“Steve- I learned about the passing of your brother from Mike last night. I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine the heartache you and your...Read More »
36 of 92 | Posted by: John McMahon - Essex Junction, VT

“Steve, We were shocked to hear the news of your brothers passing. Our hearts break for you and your family. I still have an image in my mind of...Read More »
37 of 92 | Posted by: mike bianchi - tacoma, WA

“To Jane and Family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Joe seemed like a wonderful person who touched many lives. Wishing you much love...Read More »
38 of 92 | Posted by: Caroline Joyce - WASHINGTON, DC

“Dear Jane, I was so saddened to hear of your loss. Although I did not know Joseph, I am sure that he was a wonderful person because he was part of...Read More »
39 of 92 | Posted by: Anna Stewart - Washington, DC

“May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead. Ben & Bev ”
40 of 92 | Posted by: Ben Bush - Dedham, MA

“My *sincerest* condolences to the Appleyard family. Joe & I attended Jr. High & High School together & I have many happy memories of us constantly...Read More »
41 of 92 | Posted by: Mulysa (Guerriero) Lesser - Salem, MA

“Dearest Appleyards, Please accept our deepest condolences for your great loss. Our family keeps you close in our thoughts and prayers during this...Read More »
42 of 92 | Posted by: Julianne, Joseph, Jennifer and Roseanne (Greene) Orsino

“Appleyard Family- I had the honor of knowing Joe. We met in Melrose High and shared a number of similar interests especially in music. I recall...Read More »
43 of 92 | Posted by: Kirk Ingersoll - Lawrenceville, GA

“Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. ”
44 of 92 | Posted by: Jeffrey Costantino - Washington, DC

“Dear Appleyard Family, I'm writing to share my memories of the times I spent with Joe in Seattle the days before Steve's wedding. This was the first...Read More »
45 of 92 | Posted by: Robert Bernstein - Seattle, WA

“Jane, Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time. The loss of any family member is always hard and is...Read More »
46 of 92 | Posted by: Kathy (Albritton) Brown - Denton, MD

“Dear Mr. and Mrs. Appleyard, We were sad to hear the news about Joe. My wife Kimberly attended BC with Joe and has very fond memories of him. I...Read More »
47 of 92 | Posted by: James Kinskey - Seattle, WA

“To David and the Appleyard family, My deepest condolences on the passing of Joe. I still remember playing board games with you and your big...Read More »
48 of 92 | Posted by: Greg Maguire - Jamaica Plain, MA

“To the Appleyard family: I met Joe through his roommates - he was such a soft-spoken, kind and nice person. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. May...Read More »
49 of 92 | Posted by: Mari - Brookline, MA

“Dear Appleyard Family, Many of Steve's friends in Seattle never had the chance to meet Joe but we were stunned to hear of his death and grieve for...Read More »
50 of 92 | Posted by: Christine Campbell and Dave Budd - WA

“David and family, I am so very sorry to hear of Joe's passing. Please know that you are in my family's thoughts at this difficult time. ”
51 of 92 | Posted by: Caroline Cassavoy Young - NY

“Jane, you and your family have my sincere condolensces during this difficult time. ”
52 of 92 | Posted by: Sherrill McFadden - Washington, DC

“Jane and Family, Our deepest condolences on the passing of your brother and loved one. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely...Read More »
53 of 92 | Posted by: Amber Thornton Bullock - DC

“Richard and Betty Ann, I am so sorry about the loss of Joe. Father Joe sent me an email which I just read today 9/7. I am sorry I could not attend...Read More »
54 of 92 | Posted by: Thomas Butler - Enfield, CT

“David, I am so very sorry for your loss. Although I was not able to attend the services for your brother my thoughts are with you and your family. ”
55 of 92 | Posted by: Dawn Rennie - MA

“David and extended family, I was so sad to hear about the loss of your brother Joseph. I was away over Labor Day weekend and was unable to be by...Read More »
56 of 92 | Posted by: Susan Burdick - Waltham, MA

“My sympathies to the Appleyard family. Joe was a great friend whether sailing on the Charles at CBI or when he would come down to the DC area and we...Read More »
57 of 92 | Posted by: David - Columbia, MD

“Dear Family of Joe, A treasure you had - Joe was always a kind, caring, intelligent, and fun person who I always looked to, for, and enjoyed bumping...Read More »
58 of 92 | Posted by: Gordon Lamb - Woburn, MA

“I used to go boating with Joe and hang out at his house playing Risk, we tipped over on the Charles once … I can still taste the water. I'd...Read More »
59 of 92 | Posted by: Allen Carcione - Beverly, MA

“Dear Betty Ann,Richie,Jane, Stephen, and David, Our hearts ache for you. The loss of a child and a sibling is so painful.Please know that we love you...Read More »
60 of 92 | Posted by: Janine & Paul Gaudreau - MA

“Betty, thinking of you and asking God to strengthen your heart and comfort your soul. Deepest sympthy and continued prayers. ”
61 of 92 | Posted by: Cynthia Gims - Reading, MA

“My deepest sympathy goes to Joes family. I haven't seen him for a very long time, he was a very sweet person. He is in my thoughts ”
62 of 92 | Posted by: Lee - dover, NH

“Dick and Betty, Jane, Cory, Max and Emily, Dick, our Melrose children kind of grew up together as you and I worked in the Malden schools, and now I...Read More »
63 of 92 | Posted by: Elaine Nordstrom - Melrose, MA

“To the Appleyard Family, Was shocked when my mother sent word. I was returning from vacationing with them in Maine. Joe had a great heart and soul...Read More »
64 of 92 | Posted by: Erika Scarborough - Lansdowne, PA

“Dear Appleyard and LaSpina Family, I was told of Joe's passing the other day and just looked up his obituary; the news of his death was a gut punch...Read More »
65 of 92 | Posted by: Chris Lane - New Orleans, LA

“TO: Mr. Richard & Elizabeth Appleyard & Family I was saddened to read of the passing of your son Joseph. I learned a little about his post...Read More »
66 of 92 | Posted by: Gene Roman - Riverdale, NY

“Mr. and Mrs. Appleyard, Jane & Cory: Melissa and I are very sad to hear about Joe. I've known him since grade school. It was shocking news and we...Read More »
67 of 92 | Posted by: David Lucas - Melrose, MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family. ”
68 of 92 | Posted by: Scott Amirault - AZ

“To all the Appleyards, I am so sorry. I love your family, I loved Joe, I'm so sad. I can't imagine how hard this is. I am sending all my love, and...Read More »
69 of 92 | Posted by: Amy Walsh - Philadelphia, PA

“Stunned to see notice in Sunday Globe..we are in Maine until the 13th but do wish to express our sincerest condolences. ”
70 of 92 | Posted by: Claire and Jon Scarborough - MA

“My sincerest condolences go out to the Appleyards. Joe was one of the great ones. I hadn't hung out with him since we went and saw Bryan Ferry at...Read More »
71 of 92 | Posted by: John Hunt - Austin, TX

“Dearest Betty, Richard, and all the Appleyards, You are family to Elise and me and my deepest thoughts and prayers are with you. We loved Joseph...Read More »
72 of 92 | Posted by: Toni Whitmore - Somerville, MA

“Mr. & Mrs. Appleyard, I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. Joe was so kind to everyone at the...Read More »
73 of 92 | Posted by: Cinde O'Reilly - Watertown, MA

“I work with Jane and am sorry to hear of your family's loss. Joseph sounds like he was a wonderful young man. All of my thoughts are with you. ”
74 of 92 | Posted by: Stephenie Foster - Washington, DC

“Dear Mr. Appleyard, I am so sorry to hear about the sudden loss of your son. He sounds like an incredible person. I wish you strength to get through...Read More »
75 of 92 | Posted by: Teresa & Chris Goulding - Melrose, MA

“Mr. & Mrs. Appleyard, I had the privilege of working with Joe at The Boston College Campus School. Joe was such a kind and gentle man who was...Read More »
76 of 92 | Posted by: Ann Flaherty - Brighton, MA

“Dear Betty Ann and Richie, Trudy, Billy and Sue, and all of Joseph's loving family, We were deeply saddened to learn of Joseph's passing. We know...Read More »
77 of 92 | Posted by: Sheila Segal and Howard Alperin - MA

“Jane, Cory, Emily and Max, we are so sorry to hear the news about your brother and uncle. Our thoughts are with you. Kathy and Nickie ”
78 of 92 | Posted by: Nicole Bates - MA

“Dear Betty, Richie and family, We are so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in God's love for you. With heartfelt sympathy,...Read More »
79 of 92 | Posted by: Joyce and Glenn Laundre - Melrose, MA

“To Joe's Parents, Siblings, Nieces and Nephews, I had the honor of working with Joe at the Boston College Campus School. His kindness and...Read More »
80 of 92 | Posted by: Eileen A. Sullivan - Medfield, MA

“Joe was a very good friend of mine. It is hard to imagine not catching up with him on the phone or not seeing him during his annual trip to Virginia...Read More »
81 of 92 | Posted by: Christopher - VA

“Betty, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May your memories bring you strength and comfort. ”
82 of 92 | Posted by: Diane Swain - Londonderry, NH

“I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. Joe, I will always remember being a good friend and good...Read More »
83 of 92 | Posted by: Eric Shui - Wakefield, MA

“As a mom I am sorry for the loss of your beloved Joseph. One of my sons is two months younger than Joe and the other is about a year and a half...Read More »
84 of 92 | Posted by: cynthia Jokinen - Greene, ME

“Betty and Richard and Family, Our prayers surround you. This loss is so big. We have no words to lessen the grief. We know only that love never dies...Read More »
85 of 92 | Posted by: Peggy and Bob Schleicher - MA

“We were so saddened to hear of the loss of Joseph. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family at this difficult time. ”
86 of 92 | Posted by: Patty and Ray Maniff - Revere, MA

“Betty, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. A child's loss is unbearable, but find peace in knowing that you will meet again. With...Read More »
87 of 92 | Posted by: Susan Kelley - Wakefield, MA

“Joseph was so gentle and kind. We are sorry for your loss. ”
88 of 92 | Posted by: The Cissel Family - Lynnfield,, MA

“Our deepest sympathies are with you at this time. ”
89 of 92 | Posted by: John Matook - South Hamilton, MA

“Joe will be remembered as a friend and colleauge who worked with loving care and enthusiasm with the students of Boston College Campus School. ”
90 of 92 | Posted by: Roberta Norton - MA

“My deepest sympathy is sent to the family of Joe. He was like a brother to me in my teens and obviously grew into an amazing man. Words cannot...Read More »
91 of 92 | Posted by: Lauren Anderson - Port St. Lucie, 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 »
92 of 92 | Posted by: John W. Gately, Fred Sprague & Steve Bartholomew - MA


Joseph W. Appleyard passed away suddenly at his home in Melrose, on September 2, 2010. He was 39 years of age. Joseph was born in Malden on March 28, 1971, raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School in 1989 and Boston College, Class of 1993. After graduation from college, he worked with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Tahoma, WA with the L'Arche Tahoma Hope Community. Mr. Appleyard continued his special needs work with children & adults during his career and spent the last 6 years with the EagleEyes Program at the Campus School at Boston College. Joseph learned to sail at Community Boating in Boston as a teenager and continued to follow his passion for sailing throughout his life. He cherished the times spent with his family, especially his nieces and nephews. Joseph has been a longtime resident of Melrose and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He was the beloved son of Richard C. & Elizabeth A. (LaSpina) Appleyard of Melrose. Loving brother of Stephen R. Appleyard & his wife Tracy of Seattle, WA, Jane A. Allen & her husband Cory of Melrose and David H. Appleyard of Allston. Cherished uncle of Emily, Hava, Max & Horace. Devoted nephew of Rev. Joseph Appleyard, S.J. of Boston College, William & Eleanor Appleyard of Marblehead, Trudy LaSpina of Melrose and William & Susan LaSpina of Melrose. Joseph was well loved by his cousins and extended family. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Tuesday, Sept. 7th at 9AM. A Funeral Mass in celebration of Joseph's life will be held at St. Mary's Church, Herbert St. Melrose, at 10AM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Monday from 4:00-8:00PM. Interment at Forest Dale Cemetery in Malden. Donations may be made in Joseph's memory to the Junior Endowment Program @ Community Boating, 21 David Mugar Way, Boston, MA 02114.