Somerville Remembering Colonel (RET.) Joseph W. Mercuri


Our sincere condolences thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Colonel (RET.) Joseph W. Mercuri on his passing.

Colonel Joseph W. Mercuri was an amazing man with an amazing career who will be sadly missed here in Somerville.


Colonel (RET.) Joseph W. Mercuri, of Somerville, passed away suddenly at his home on July 20, 2020. He was 69 years old.

Joseph was the husband of the late Christine M. Mercuri and father of Stephanie M. Proszkow and her late husband Michael, Joseph A. Mercuri and his wife Nancy, George M. Mercuri and his girlfriend Ashlee Ayala, and Kristina M. Michalak and her husband Brian. Papa to Aria C. Mercuri, Ava C. Michalak, Levi J. Michalak, and the late Mason J. Proszkow. He is survived by his 3 siblings, Diane Caldwell and her husband Jack, Debra Zack and her husband Steven and David Mercuri and his wife Gina. Predeceased by his parents Joseph and Mary Mercuri and Irving Greenblatt. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Joseph was a proud member of the Army National Guard for 33 years, achieving the rank of Colonel. He was part of the 26th Yankee Infantry Division and Director of the Public Affairs at the Joint Force Headquarters of the Massachusetts National Guard. He was also a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. Joseph had a Bachelor’s degree in business, with a Master’s in education. He was also an active member of the First Baptist Church of Malden and a monthly participant in the Feeding Ministry as well. Joseph was the owner of Massachusetts Beauty & Barber Supply Company for over 43 years.

Funeral service will be held at the A. J. Spadafora Funeral Home, 865 Main Street, Malden on Saturday July 25th at 10:00am. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 4-8pm. Services will conclude at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the Memorial Fund at the First Baptist Church of Malden, 493 Main Street, Malden, MA. 02148

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