Joseph Caouette, 91, of Watertown, MA passed away on July 30, 2022. He was the loving husband of the late Rosemary Caouette for 61 years. He was the loving father of Joseph and his wife Jackie of Natick, Michael and his wife Donna of Danvers, and Patrice and her husband Stephen Carcerano of Waltham and the late Christopher. Devoted "Papa Joe" to Nicole Caouette & her fiance Chris Lee of Boston, Danielle O’Neil & her husband David of Natick and Christina and Lyndsey Caouette of Danvers and Great Grandfather to Brynn and Mackenzie O’Neil. He is survived by his loving sister, Marie Ricciardi of Watertown. He was the cherished "Uncle Joe" to many loving nieces and nephews.
Born and raised in Watertown, MA, where he graduated from Watertown High School. He was the son of the late Joseph & Amy Caouette. Joe was predeceased by his brother Raymond Caouette of California, and sisters Jeanette Andrew of California, Dorothy Rayne of Watertown, Gertrude Clark of Swampscott, and Amy Craig of Lincoln.
A lifelong resident of Watertown, the town that he loved, Joe was very active in the community, leading and participating in hundreds of fundraisers, parades and town wide celebrations. He worked for New England Telephone Company for 35 years. Joe and Rosemary also owned a disc jockey business, “Roe & Joe” for 14 years.
Joe joined the Navy during the Korean War. Aboard the USS Belle Grove, he participated in Operation Castle at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. He was very active in many Veterans organizations including the VFW, American Legion and Amvets. Joe always enjoyed going to the Army/Navy football game and attending the USS Belle Grove reunions with his Navy buddies.
As a Lifetime Member of the VFW, Joe was a member of Burnham-Manning Post 1105 where he was Post Commander for 16 years. He also held offices at the district, state and national levels, including District Commander and National Chairman for Homeless Veterans. In 2000, he was invited to Washington to speak before a Congressional Committee about the homeless Veterans program.
Helping homeless veterans was very important to Joe and Rosemary. They played an integral part in the early success of the New England Center and Home for Veterans, coordinating countless fundraisers, including the annual walkathon for homeless veterans. Joe also served on the Board of Directors for 9 years. They dedicated decades of their lives to bringing awareness and raising funds to help homeless veterans. They also raised the money to have a POW/MIA monument dedicated in Watertown.
Family and friends are welcome to come celebrate Joe’s life by gathering for visiting hours on Thursday August 4, 2022 in the Nardone Funeral Home, 373 Main St. Watertown from 4-7 PM. Burial will be held privately by the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the New England Center and Home for Veterans, 17 Court St, PO Box 845257, Boston, MA 02284.