Joseph D. Arpino was born in Newton on July 6, 1964, the youngest son of Italian immigrants Giuseppe 'Joseph' and Assunta (Valente) Arpino. Raised in Waltham he was a graduate of Waltham High School in 1982 and then earned his bachelor's degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
With a talent and passion for music, Joe played guitar in various bands in conjunction with working as a consultant for local companies in the IT industry.
In addition to his love for music he was equally talented with his hands when it came to woodworking. With a driven interest he was self-taught with books and online materials. Joe successfully built the shed at his home and was most recently in the process of building a firewood shed.
A love for the arts, both music and other, was the common denominator that blended an introduction of Joe to Tyngsboro native, SallyAnn LeBlanc. They later married on March 20, 2007 in Saint Joseph Church in Stuart, Florida. A resident of Westwood for the last fifteen years Joe had lived previously in Woburn.
Diagnosed with cancer in 2020 he privately fought the disease with a strong faith and the love and support of his wife. Joe died Monday, March 29, 2021 in the Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. He was 56.
In addition to his wife of 14 years, Sally, he leaves his brothers, Anthony Arpino (Paula) and Paul Arpino (Ginny), all of Waltham; his mother-in-law Carol (Long) LeBlanc of Tyngsboro; his brother-in-law Paul LeBlanc of Tyngsboro; his aunt Lucia Arpino of Newton and uncle, Francosco (Rosemarie) Arpino of Germany; also survived by nieces & nephews and many cousins.
Joe was also fortunate to have an amazing group of close friends and many special relationships in his life, including his "daughters of the heart": goddaughter Kathryn Arpino and Chantel Mello with whom he was extremely close.
Family and friends will honor and remember Joseph's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Wednesday, April 7th from 4 to 7 p.m. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 10 a.m. in Saint Margaret Mary Church, 845 High Street, Westwood. Please go directly to church. Entombment will follow in Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, Waltham.
To view Joseph's Funeral Mass please visit https://my.gather.app/remember/joseph-arpino OR https://www.saintmmparish.org/live-streaming
A note from the funeral home pursuant to Governor Baker's recent order:
During times of uncertainty and crisis one might wonder what to do at the loss of a loved one or how to show support to a friend given the limitations that the pandemic continues to present.
Telephone your friend to offer words of love and support, give them a virtual hug, drop something delicious by the house, leave a condolence on the funeral home website, make a donation to their favored charity, send a card or flowers or have a Mass said, remain in touch, and above all else . . . say prayers for the deceased and their family and the world during this difficult and unprecedented time.
These simple gifts of sympathy and charity are more valuable than you will ever know.
When public wakes are held capacity limits mean that your visit should be brief to allow other guests time to say hello to the family. Only members of the immediate family remain present throughout.
It goes without saying that people who have lost someone are especially sensitive and understanding to the concerns that some of their own family members and friends may have about visiting any public places right now. If this does not feel like the right time for you to venture out please don't.
Space limitations also mean that funeral services inside the funeral home and in many places of worship will also be private. Most services, at the family's request, will also be livestreamed and recorded for future viewing. The link to access the channel is found at the bottom of the obituary notice online.
Cemetery services are included in the current outdoor gathering limit of twenty-five people.
During any events, public or private, common sense precautions prevail. That includes masks covering your nose and mouth, staying with your household group throughout the services and keeping a sensible distance.
Thank you . . . again . . . for your patience and understanding.