MSG (RET.) JOSEPH D. COLANTONI - BRIDGEWATER, Mass. - MSG (retired) Joseph D. Colantoni, 78, of Bridgewater, Mass., lost his battle with cancer on March 2, 2013. He was born on Dec. 11, 1934, in Boston, Mass., the son of the late John and Viola (Danieli) Colantoni. He is survived by longtime love, Gracie Guerrero; his loving sons, Joseph A. Colantoni and wife, Nicole, of Milton, Vt., Stephen P. Colantoni and wife, Theresa, of Whitman, Mass.; sisters, Josie Praino and husband, Jerry, of Wareham, Mass., and Marie Flynn of Mansfield, Mass.; and sister-in-law, Mary Colantoni or Foxboro, Mass. He is also survived by Gracie's children, CMDR Joseph Guerrero and wife, Jen, and Therese and husband, George Dolbec. He was the loving grandfather of Michael and Natalie Colantoni, and known as "Papa" to Matthew Dolbec. He also leaves many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Sgt. Michael J. Colantoni; and his brother, Dominic Colantoni. Joe devoted his life to the military. He served in the Korean War and continued his military service throughout his life. He was a veteran, a veteran advocate, avid supporter and member of the VFW, American Legion, Top 3 Military Retiree, and USV-VE. Joe impacted many lives while serving the Town of Abington, Mass., as the Veterans Agent for almost 20 years. Visiting hours will be held at the Quealy & Son Funeral Home, 116 Adams St., Abington, Mass., Wednesday, March 6, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at St. Bridget Church in Abington at 9 a.m. Interment will follow at Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton, Mass. For directions and online guest book: www.quealyandson.com.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on Mar. 4, 2013