Joseph Paul Galipeau
1954 - 2021
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Norwich - Joseph Paul Galipeau, 66, a teacher to some, a mentor to a few, and a friend to all-died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, at his home in Norwich, surrounded by his loving wife of 46 years, two devoted children, and caring son-in-law.

Born Dec. 15, 1954, in Dearborn, Mich. to Dorius P. Galipeau and Shirley Seifert Galipeau, Joe loved the water and lived on the Oyster River in Old Saybrook for 15 years before returning to Norwich. There he enjoyed boating, fishing, and lobstering with family and friends. If the fish were not biting, Joe's sense of humor would keep all entertained.

Joe was a graduate of Norwich Free Academy, Class of 1972, and the Connecticut Police Academy. He worked for the Norwich Police Department starting in 1978 as a patrolman and became a member of the Tactical Patrol Force and Dive Team in 1982. A man of many talents, he left NPD to start his own building and remodeling business, and years later worked as a Campus Supervisor for a regional high school before falling ill.

His memory will be cherished and kept alive by his wife and high school sweetheart, Cynthia Chicos Galipeau; children, Joseph Galipeau Jr. (Kaitlyn), and Christina Galipeau Kieslich (Gregory); his seven grandchildren, Isabella and Fauna Galipeau, Diana and Leah Kozerefski, Corbin, Charlotte, and Mabel Kieslich; his sister, Barbara Galipeau Lowden (Richard); his brother, Paul Galipeau (Ma'da); his aunt and godmother, Irene Galipeau; nieces and nephew.

The family wishes to thank all nurses and staff of Smilow Cancer Center of Waterford, especially Dr. Benjamin Newton, as well Center for Hospice Care in Norwich for its thoughtful service.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate Joe's life at a viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, or at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, at the Woyasz and Son Funeral Home, 141 Central Avenue, Norwich. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Sacred Heart Church, 57 West Town Street, Norwich. Interment will take place at St. George's Cemetery in Bakersfield, Vermont in early Spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider a tribute donation to Hospice.

The Funeral Mass will be lived streamed on ZOOM. Meeting ID: 815 0928 9849 Passcode: galipeau.

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Published in The Day on Feb. 24, 2021.
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February 25, 2021
Christina, Joey, and Mrs. Galipeau,

Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Mr. Galipeau was always so kind and welcoming. You have my deepest sympathy for your loss.
Henry Kydd III
February 24, 2021
My condolences to the Galipeau family, Joe and I were high school classmates and classmates as well as roommates at the Connecticut Police Academy. Joe was a true gentleman as well as a fine Police Officer.
Dave Guiher
February 24, 2021
My heart is broken for the loss of my brother. Life will never be the same. Chuck and I have so many fun and happy memories of our time together. Adventures, cruises, turkey sandwiches with mayo not Miracle Whip, playing games and going dancing. I loved him so much and always will. Cindy you have been through so much taking care of Joe and I wish you peace now. He is not suffering anymore. He had such a strong will to live for the kids and his grandkids. He was a true blessing to his family and will be missed until we meet again. Love, Chuck and Barbara
Barbara Lowden
February 24, 2021
My condolences to the Galipeau family during this difficult time.
Andy Bartha
February 23, 2021
Cindy, Christina, and Joe. So sorry for your loss. He is now at peace He was sick for a long time. You are all in our prayers to get you through this difficult time.
Bill and Aline
Aline Banta
February 23, 2021
My sympathies to Joe's entire family. I very much enjoyed working with Joe on NPD. He was fair, honest and had a great sense of humor and was a good mentor. My prayers are with you all.
Mark Kalinowski
February 23, 2021
Galipeau Family,

Condolences on the passing of Joe. He worked along side and for me at the Norwich Police Department when I was Sergeant. He was a wonderful person, with a gentle demeanor, who always was willing to help people in need. Thanks Joe!. GOD bless.
Bud Avdevich
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