Joseph Coulombe

5 November, 192930 March, 2022
Joseph N. Coulombe, age 92, died peacefully at home March 30, 2022. He was born November 5, 1929 in Pawtucket, RI to Napoleon and Mary Coulombe originally from Quebec, Canada. As a diminutive, redheaded, freckled-faced young boy, Joe had many nicknames including Pete, or Petit. His two older sisters doted on him and he and his mom were best buddies. As a 12 year old during World War II Joe was on a team that patrolled the neighborhood streets in the evening to be sure everyone’s houses were dark. He also worked In a local store where he had to memorize the price of all the groceries - something that was no problem as Joe had a great facility for numbers. After graduating valedictorian from Sacred Heart High School in 1948, Joe enlisted in the army. As he told it, he was 5 ft, 10 inches tall, 124 pounds and under the acceptable minimum Weight. However the army made an exception based on his academic record and Joe immediately boarded a train to Fort Dix, NJ. Joe’s four years in the service included responsibilities in the Army Signal Corps in Hawaii and Enewetok (he was an ace at Morse Code) and the Land Rescue Team Pacific. Joe spoke with great reverence about the positive impact these opportunities and experiences had on his life. In 1955, while a student at the University of Rhode Island on the GI Bill, Joe married Theresa Moreau in Central Falls, RI. As a French speaker with a Catholic background, Joe was welcomed into the Moreau family where he relished his role as one of the seven “outlaws”. With his degree in chemical engineering, Joe had a very successful career with Monsanto and Borden Chemical Companies. Joe and Terry and their four children lived in Westland, MI and Holden, MA. Together they enjoyed poker, tennis, and golf; many happy and raucous days were spent entertaining relatives and friends at their backyard pool. Joe and Terry loved travel especially to their condominium in Fiddler’s Green, Englewood, FL where they danced and socialized at Englewood’s American Legion. They made lifelong friends wherever they lived during their 63 year marriage. Joe and Terry’s final years together were spent in Worcester at the Briarwood Retirement Community where they were visited frequently by their children, sons- and daughter-in-law, and grandchildren.

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