Joseph Scapin

Joseph J. Scapin Sr.

1935 - 2014 LEE Joseph J. Scapin Sr., 79, of Fairview St. in Lee, died Tuesday at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, surrounded by family. Joe, who was known by his many friends as "Sneakers", was born in Pittsfield on Jan. 13, 1935, the son of Eugenio and Angelina Maule Scapin, and was educated in the Lee Schools. He worked at the Lee Lime Corporation until enlisting in the Army during the Korean War, serving from 1954 until 1956, and then continued with 6 years of reserve service. After the service, he returned to work at Lee Lime, retiring in 1999. After his retirement, he was very proud to join his son Joseph Jr.'s business, Lee Hardware. Joe was a communicant of St. Mary's Church, a life member of Berkshire Hills Council #314 Knights of Columbus, G. Marconi Lodge No.1620 Sons of Italy in Lee, and Bossidy Crerar Post #893 VFW in Lee. He enjoyed taking care of his meticulous yard, attending his grandchildren's activities, dining out, and watching the Boston Red Sox. In his younger days, he enjoyed candle pin bowling and Saturday dancing with his wife. He was the happiest when helping his children and doing things for others. He is survived by his wife, the former Yvonne E. Dellea, whom he married July 6, 1957; his son, Joseph J. Scapin Jr. and his wife, Lorraine; three daughters, Lorita A. Trombly and her husband, Doug, of Lee, Linda M Cuddihy and her husband, Tim, of Pittsfield, Laurie J. Kohlenberger and her husband, Erick, of Lee; a sister, Anna Touponce of Lee; six grandchildren, Michael, Chauncey, Ryan, Matthew, Kayla and Courtney; seven great-grandchildren, Owen, Cameron, Conner, Xzavier, Isaiah, Hannah and Elena. He was predeceased by six brothers, Victor, Eugene, Antonio, George, John and Mario, and two sisters, Barbara Martin and Libra Scapin. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 28, at 9:15 a.m. from the KELLY FUNERAL HOME with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Church in Lee, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Thursday, March 27th from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations, in Joe's memory, to Soldier On in care of the Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main Street Lee, MA 01238 or The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation via his tribute page ( . If you would like to leave a message of condolence or share pictures or stories please visit our website at


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Kelly Funeral Home
3 Main St Lee, MA 01238
(413) 243-0204

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 27, 2014