Joe LeVasseur never passed up to appreciate the beauty of nature…it's the handwriting of God. An avid outdoorsman he loved all it had to offer from fishing, hunting and hiking to walks on the beach in Bourne on Cape Cod and the magnificent sunsets.
He had a knack and talent for building bird houses with such care and detail. Throughout his life his back pack took him on many adventures but his most treasured always took him back to Maine to places like Bailey's Island and Moosehead Lake.
For those who knew him closely also can attest to his many predictable patterns including his daily ritual of coffee and a jelly stick from Dunkie's on Lexington Street, a bologna sandwich with mustard…and yes…peanut butter! Friday's on the Cape meant dinner at Anthony's and visits to the Lobster Pot in Buzzard's Bay. He was also a really good cook with wonderful signature meals like his meatloaf.
Joe died after a battle with Leukemia on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 80.
Born on March 27, 1941 in Somerville he was one of four children born to the late Joseph A. and Mary Ida (Warn) LeVasseur. Raised and educated in Somerville he was a graduate of Saint Clement High School with the class of 1959.
Life took him to Montana where he lived for most of his adult life and developed great friendships with Len and Carol Lutey and Phil and Karlene Grossberg. While in Helena, Montana Joe worked for many years as an optician before enjoying retirement.
It was at his 50th high school reunion where he was reacquainted with his childhood friend, Mary Murphy. Lucky for the both of them their love reunited when they married on June 26, 2010 and Mary brought Joe back to his native New England.
He was predeceased by his siblings, Paul F., Robert S. and Mary Ida LeVasseur and by his grandson Shane Ryan.
In addition to his wife, Mary A. Murphy he leaves his granddaughter Heather Denham (Peter) of Nashua, New Hampshire; he was the much loved 'Pepe' of Emerson Denham; also survived by nieces & nephews.
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 Monday, November 15th from 4 to 7 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Mary's Church, 133 School Street, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial is private.
Those wishing to view Joseph's funeral Mass please visit this link: https://my.gather.app/remember/joseph-levasseur
Memorials in his name may be made to Mass General Cancer Center, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114 (www.massgeneral.org/cancer-center) or St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 www.stjude.org