Joseph Andrew McElwee
1936 - 2021
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Groton - Joseph Andrew McElwee, 85, of Groton passed away Feb. 28, 2021, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London.

He was born Feb. 13, 1936, in Coal Township, Pa., the son of Gerald and Stella McElwee.

"Joe Mack or Uncle Joe", as most people knew him, was a Tool and Die Maker Machinist by trade and loved the outdoors. He passed on his knowledge of fishing, gardening, mushroom picking, and carpentry to his sons and grandsons.

Survivors include his wife, Teresita (Nabung) McElwee; and two sons, Christopher McElwee of Lisbon, and Gerald and Melissa McElwee of New London. His five grandsons, Joseph, Roman, Andrew, Antonio, and Giovanni will miss Grandpa dearly. He is also survived by former daughter-in-law Andrea Kenney

A walk-through visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 4, 2021, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Avenue, New London. Respectfully please observe social distance and masks should be worn at all times. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, March 5, 2021, at Sacred Heart Church, Groton. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, New London.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to: Sacred Heart Church in Groton

Please visit www.neilanfuneralhome to leave an online condolence for the McElwee family.

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Published in The Day on Mar. 3, 2021.
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March 5, 2021
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March 5, 2021
I loved him like a second father. I first met Joe Mack when I was 12 years old and classmate of Chris. He was a great man who made me feel like one of the family. He was the person who really gave me my love of fishing and the ocean. An expert in almost anything he did and we would spend hours listening to him tells stories and pass down knowledge not only of fishing and carpentry but lessons on life. I can't express on here how much he meant to me or how much I will miss him.
Christopher Simonds
March 4, 2021
So sorry for your loss Teri and Family- you are in my prayers
Assunta DeCaro
March 4, 2021
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March 4, 2021
Joe Mack was one of the most entertaining men, I ever knew. He could put more laughs in a few minutes than a clown car. I think of him often and with a smile.
John Gura, Wedgefield Plantation, Georgetown, SC
March 3, 2021
Chris and family,
My deepest sympathies on the loss of your dad. I have fond memories of him when Chris and I attended sacred heart school. May your memories help you through this time.
Julie Allen
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