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Joseph R. Areno

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Joseph R. Areno 1932 - 2009 PITTSFIELD Joseph R. Areno, 77, of 15 Scammell Ave. passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at home, surrounded by his family, after a battle with cancer. Born in Pittsfield on April 9, 1932, son of Dominic and Rose DeSanty Areno, he graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1951. He was a decorated Korean War veteran. After the war, he returned to Pittsfield where he began his career as a mold and tool maker and polisher, working for a number of local mold shops, retiring from Penro Mold and Tool after 20 years of service. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was also a member of the VFW, NRA, and GOAL. Joe was a founding member, officer, and director of the Pittsfield Sportsman's Club for over 50 years. Joe was instrumental in the club purchasing over 500 acres of land which will forever be protected and used for hunting and recreation. Because of Joe's efforts, the Pittsfield Club is the largest land-owning private club in the Commonwealth. Later this month, the club will be setting a stone and plaque on the club property which will now be known as the Joseph Areno Conservation Area. Most of the funds used to purchase the property were raised through Joe's venison-heart and liver dinners that he coordinated. Joe was also instrumental in dealing with local, state, and federal agencies to help institute legislation that protected open space throughout the county and state and also legislation to help protect sportsmen's rights to hunt and fish. In April 2003, Joe was name Berkshire County Sportsman of the Year. Joe had a great passion for hunting and fishing and in his career, he harvested well over 100 deer and also landed many trophy fish, many with his prized hand-tied flies. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-granddaughter, especially attending all of their sporting events. He also enjoyed spending time with his special dog friends, Rocco and Bella. An avid Red Sox and Celtics fan, he also enjoyed going to the casino. He leaves his wife, the former Doris Whitham, whom he married July 11, 1953, in Pittsfield. They recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary. He also leaves his daughter, Paula Areno Porter and her husband, Christopher, and his four beloved grandchildren, Jessica, Sara, Lyndsey, and Ryan Porter, all of Pittsfield; his beloved great-granddaughter, Chalyce Jones of Pittsfield; a son, Mark, and his family of North Carolina; two sisters, Dolores Adler and her husband, Ronnie, and Patricia Hescock, all of Pittsfield, and a sister-in-law, Mary Ferreira and her husband, Armando, of Pittsfield, who was also Joe's longtime hunting partner. He also leaves his other longtime hunting partner and best friend, Warren "Obie" O'Brien of Pittsfield, and several nieces and nephews. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral will be Friday, July 17, 2009, at 9 a.m. from the FLYNN & DAGNOLI-BENCIVENGA FUNERAL HOME, 5 Elm St., with services at 10 at the First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., with the Rev. Luis Benavides, Th.D., pastor, officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Pittsfield Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday, July 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Donations may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires or the Pittsfield Sportsman's Club Land Acquisition Fund in care of the funeral home.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 15, 2009
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