Somerville/Medford Remembering Joseph Saraiva

Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Joseph Saraiva on his passing.

Joseph Saraiva was a wonderful person who will be sadly missed here in both Somerville and Medford.


Obituary Somerville – Mr. Joseph Saraiva, Sr., a long-time resident of Somerville passed away peacefully in his home of over 60 years at the age of 89. Born in Cambridge to Portuguese immigrants during the Great Depression, Joseph turned what could have been a life of deprivation to one of strength, hard work and love of family. His spirit of lending a helping hand to all that knew him came from his humble beginnings at an early age. Known to his friends as “Butch” in Cambridge and later as “Joe Soap” as the proprietor of Joseph Products Company, along with his growing family, his true entrepreneurial mind was never at rest.

Joseph is predeceased by his devoted wife, Lois Marilyn Saraiva (Tribou) of nearly 50 years, his parents Joseph and Mary (Pacheco) Saraiva, and beloved brother of the late
Beatrice (Saraiva) Juskiewicz and William Saraiva. Loving father of six children, Joseph Saraiva, III and his late wife Elizabeth of Somerville, Diane Mattera and her husband Vincent of Somerville, Robert Saraiva of Littleton, David Saraiva and his wife Helen of Malden, James Saraiva and his wife Melissa of Swampscott and Philip Saraiva and his wife Cynthia of East Bridgewater; by his beloved grandchildren Michael Mattera and his wife Holly, Melinda Breen and her late husband Daniel, Robert, Jr., Holly, Christopher, David, Jr., Chynna, Jared, Ryan, Casey Riley, Amanda, Philip, Jr., Ethan; and great grandchildren Christian, Bailey & Ambria Breen & Kiera Mattera. Also loving “Uncle, Jr.” of many nieces & nephews as close as his own, and many other loving extended family & friends that have become family.

Funeral from the Rogers Funeral Home, 380 Cambridge Street in Cambridge on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 10:00 am. Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church, 400 Cardinal Medeiros Ave. in Cambridge at 11:00 am. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Monday, April 18, 2022, from 4 to 7:00 pm. Interment will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Winchester.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan St., Ste B-102, Danvers, MA 01923, or

Monday 4/18 4 PM-7PM
Rogers Funeral Home
380 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA.

Tuesday 4/19 11 AM
St. Anthony’s Church
400 Cardinal Medeiros Ave
Cambridge, MA

One thought on “Somerville/Medford Remembering Joseph Saraiva”

  1. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Saraiva family and families close to Joe. Joe was truly one of a kind. He was close to my family and I had the pleasure of working with Joe on a number of occasions And I can tell you he earned the respect of everyone who knew him and he will be terribly missed. Rest easy my friend

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