Joseph T. Reddington
1929 - 2020
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Joseph T. Reddington, age 90, of Canton, MA, passed away on May 30, 2020. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rosemary J. "Roses" (McGee) after 63 years of marriage. A longtime resident of Needham, MA, Joe moved to Canton after Rosemary's passing in 2017. Born in Scranton in 1929, he was the third of three sons of the late Thomas V. and Sarah Langan Reddington. After graduating from the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Science in Physics, Joe put his sharp mind and never-ending curiosity to work in the then fledgling field of computers. While employed at the Burroughs Corporation in the 1950's, he was part of the team that designed the first "desk size" computer. (It was literally the size of a desk.) In the 1960's, Joe transitioned into sales, and was throughout his career employed in the startup of several now major Silicon Valley computer memory manufacturers. After his first "retirement," Joe worked until age 87 at the Vita Needle Company in Needham. He and his coworkers were featured on NPR, PBS, NBC News, 60 Minutes and several European television shows and documentaries that focused on older Americans in the workforce. Always one to pitch in and help out, Joe served as an usher at St. Bartholomew Parish for over 50 years (while Rosemary sang in the choir), and along with Rosemary worked at his local polling precinct for over 40 years. He loved puns, wordplay, singing, puzzles and solving problems. He especially enjoyed working on cars | his own, and those of his children, their friends, and several of his neighbors on Tudor Road. Joe is survived by his 6 children,13 grandchildren,10 great grandchildren, and many beloved nieces and nephews of the Reddington and McGee families. Children: Joseph "Jay", Jr. (Terri Bachman), Daniel (Jody Spiegel), Terrence (Susan Pineo), Richard (Debbie Horner), Maureen Potter (Paul D'Ascensio), and Katie (David Vaas). Grandchildren: Danielle Blaine, Terrence Jr. (Angela Nigro), Dean (Ashley Paiva), Jeffrey (Jasmine Cherico), Corinne (Michael Nowak), Richard Jr. (Laura Finnucan), Christopher (Jess Baillie), Joseph, Sarah Potter, James Potter Jr., Gregory Potter, Brett Vaas, Mallory Vaas. Great Grandchildren: Kaiha, Ellie, Owen, Reagan, Max, Sierra, Austin, Layla, Melanie, Ava and more on the way. In addition to his wife and parents, Joe was preceded in death by two brothers and their wives, Thomas and Anne Reddington and John and Dorothy Reddington, and a granddaughter Caroline Potter. The Reddington Family would like to thank Yatish M. Patel, MD of Needham for the decades of excellent care he provided to our parents, and the residents and staff of Brightview Senior Living in Canton for providing a comfortable and friendly home for Joe during the years after Rosemary's death. Joe's entire family gathered in December to celebrate his 90th birthday. In full voice and with the impish grin and laughing eyes that were his trademark, Joe serenaded the clan with his rendition of one of his favorites: My Grandfather's Clock. "Ninety years without slumbering... tick tock... tick tock... his life seconds numbering tick tock... tick tock... but it stopped | short | never to go again, when the old man died." We love you Dad!!! Give Mom a big kiss for us. Due to the pandemic, a private interment for immediate family will be held at Cathedral Cemetery in Scranton. Arrangements, Frank M. Regan Funeral Home, 715 Linden Street, Scranton, PA 18510 No flowers please. If you wish to make a memorial donation in Joe's name, please consider either the American Cancer Society at: or the Jimmy Fund at:
Published in The Needham Times from Jun. 2 to Jun. 11, 2020.
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June 16, 2020
Katie and family - our deepest sympathies in the loss of your Dad. I should have spent more time chatting with him. He certainly could have taught me a thing or two. We hold you all close in prayer. May the best of memories bring you comfort and strength.
Becky & Bobby Warburton
June 11, 2020
I worked with Joe for years at Vita Needle during his 'retirement'. He was funny and brilliant!
I enjoyed his stories and his singing. He always was so quick to mention is loving large family and proudly would share photos.
My deepest sympathy. I am blessed to have known him.
June 9, 2020
Worked with Joe for a few years. Very funny, kind and intelligent guy. I will never forget the day he asked me "Are you any good at math?" regarding a work related design question. I sort of smirked and assumed I would know the answer... Yep, way over my head! My condolences to his family, he was a great guy.
Josh Lowell
June 8, 2020
My next door neighbor, joe reddington. A wealth of information for me about everything from keeping my many 'free cars' running to starting a business doing something I knew very little about. I was just a naive kid that you always treated like a adult, with respect no matter how dumb the question. And i had many. Joe was a fascinating man to the eyes of a kid. From train sets to clock building, making his own beer to rebuilding a muscle car. He seemed capable of anything then and now I wonder in amazement at all he accomplished. Hard to put into words how much I miss you, were a huge influence on me. I try to emulate your enthusiasm to learn every day. Love to the family, greg keane
Greg Keane
June 4, 2020
Mr Reddington, you were like an uncle to me when I was growing up in Needham. You welcomed me into your large family as if I had always been part of it. You and Mrs Reddington always showed compassion and kept me well fed when I was over hanging out with Jay. Your great baritone voice still resonates in my mind, much like Walter Cronkite of your era. I am sad to see you and Mrs Reddington leave our earthly plane, but your legacy will live on in your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren's memories.

My heartfelt condolences to all of the Reddingtons' - Best, Rick Stoeckel
Rick Stoeckel
June 3, 2020
Joe Reddington was a gem of a human being. He was multi-talented, intelligent, funny, an incredible dad all the while being a humble human being. You need only meet his family to understand what an amazing man he was as they mirror all his best traits. If you were a guest in his home or at a function with him he made you feel like part of his family. He was something special and it was my honor to spend time with him. His legacy is in good hands as his kids, grandkids and great grandkids are chips off the old block. He will live in the hearts he touched throughout the hearts.Somewhere in heaven, Joe's firing tennis balls from a home made cannon at St. Peter. My sincerest condolences to the Reddington family. If I can do anything I am a phone call or email away.
Steve St.Lawrence
June 3, 2020
My prayers for the Reddington family. The patriarch of the family sounds like quite a man. Joe, Rest in peace.
Jim Gerber
June 2, 2020
What a pleasure to have spent time and joke with both he and his wife.
A great team they were and a second family to me.
Thanks for sharing them Danny! Love to you all!!!
Jay Pope
June 2, 2020
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Pamela Donlin
June 2, 2020
He was always quick with a smile and a joke and always made me feel very welcome in his house. A smart and gracious man and wonderful husband and father.
Pamela Donlin
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