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Joseph F. Alves

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GREENFIELD, Mass. -- Joseph F. Alves, age 84 of Congress Street, died Thursday, May 22 at the Franklin Medical Center. He was the husband of Naomi R. (Rought) Alves, whom he married May 7, 1977.

Born in New Bedford on Aug. 27, 1918, he was the son of the late Joseph and Josephine (Webb) Alves. He served his country in the U.S. Army Air Force from June, 1942 until September, 1945, when he was honorably discharged. He had received the good conduct medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign ribbon, and air medal with five oak leaf clustors.

During his time of active duty, he was assigned to Normandy, northern France, Rhineland and Ardennes.

As a young child, he had moved to Medford and later graduated from Medford High School in 1936. In 1952, he relocated to Bennington, Vt., and to Northfield in 1963. His last move was in 2000 to Greenfield where he had been a resident ever since.

Alves was employed as a lithographer for the Ticknor Brothers of Boston, Polygraphic in Shaftsbury, Vt., and Tru Color, Greenfield, for 45 years before retiring in 1984.

He ws a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church of Northfield and had more recently been attending Holy Trinity Church in Greenfield.

He enjoyed softball and had played on a team for some time in Bennington; he also enjoyed fishing, hunting, chess, reading, carpentry and sports.

Besides being survived by his wife, Naomi, he aslo leaves one son, Mark J. Alves of Rowe; two daughters, Gail and her husband, David Stone of Gill, and June and her husband, H. Austin Morrison, of Calaise, Vt.; two step-daughters, Patricia and her husband, Allison Barry of Greenfield and Bonnie and her husband, Edward Carroll of Binghamton, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours at the Walker Funeral Home, 14 High St., Greenfield, will be Wednesday, May 28 from 10 a.m. until time of the service at 11 a.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Maureen Donahue, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Bernardston. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be directed to The Salvation Army, Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA 01301.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 24, 2003
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