Joseph James Brunetto Jr.

March 5, 1951January 29, 2021

On January 29, 2021, US Navy ADC Retired (Vietnam Veteran) Joseph James “Skip” Brunetto Jr. of Bourne, MA left the world to be with his beautiful wife of 49 years, Maureen, who passed on May 31, 2017.

He is survived by his two children, Michael Brunetto of New Bedford, MA, and Allison Brunetto of Plymouth, MA, his daughter-in-law Brooke Brunetto of New Bedford, MA, granddaughter and best friend Hazel Brunetto of New Bedford, MA, as well as his sister Patricia, brother Paul, and lifelong family friend Sandra Dickinson.

Following 26 years serving in the Navy, Skip retired and turned his mechanical aptitude, curiosity and natural ability to fix just about anything he came across. From screen printing, painting, studying American Sign Language at Cape Cod Community College, and carpentry, his attention to detail was one of his best talents. It wasn’t uncommon to find Skip fixing something around the house, repairing a snowblower out by the shed, or helping out a neighbor in need. But for all of his mechanical ability, it was his talent at being a grandfather that turned out to be his greatest. Being Grampy was his favorite job of all, and anyone that visited him at the house over the last 7 years was likely to find Hazel close by, and if you even asked about her he would light up and break out his phone to show pictures.

He will be greatly missed by all of us. As much as it hurts, we know that he is with his best friend and greatest love, Maureen.

“Fair Winds and Following Seas.”

A military service at the National Cemetery in Bourne will be announced in the Spring.


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Joseph James Brunetto Jr.

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Judy Thrasher

February 24, 2021

Our deepest condolences to the Brunetto family.
Skip was a quiet (at times), down-to-earth guy. He truly loved his family; Allison and Michael were always in his heart and always on his mind. Skip discovered a new kind of love when his granddaughter Hazel came into his life; this new love gave him so much happiness and a new purpose to his life.
Skip and Maureen opened their home to family and friends for some great barbeques; many memories were made while talking in the kitchen, or sitting on the back porch, or sharing a joke or two with a couple at the picnic table on Skip's other love, his meticulously cared for yard.
I miss Maureen's sense of humor. I think of her every time I reiterate her favorite saying, "It is what it is."
I will miss stopping in to deliver ginger cookies to Skip; we would share a cup of coffee and talk about the good times. But, most of all, I will miss the hugs only Skip could give.
Rest in peace, dear friend; give Maureen a hug for me and tell her that I miss her friendship every day.
Judy and Rich

Karol Boutilier

February 24, 2021

Joey (skip) and I were junkyard dogs. We would go out in the junkyard by Rogers street when we were both 13 to smoke cigarettes. We laughed and talk for long periods of time. RIP Joey.

Lillian Martin

February 22, 2021

Deepest sympathy to the Skip Brunetto family.

I met the Brunetto family when they first moved to Pollard St. N. Billerica. Such a kind loving family that cared for one another with big hearts.

Skip was a pure example of what he as taught at a young age by reading about his life well lived.

Rest In Peace.

Lillian Healy Martin

Don Jacob

February 21, 2021

Skip my friend, my brother, we shared a lot of good and bad times while we were stationed together in HS/HSL-74 and afterward. I remember the look on your face during my Chief's initiation when I grab a earth worm out of your hands and ate it. (Skip was trying to get the guy next to me to eat it,) No matter who having a bad day myself or you we there for each other. I miss those days and when we use to meet for breakfast after we retired. Fare Winds and Following Seas my friend, my brother until we meet again in God's Navy. Jake

Vernon pennington

February 21, 2021

Skip was a true Chief he looked after his shipmates and was there to help anyway he could. Fair winds and Following Sea's . We have the watch.

Mark Kerrigan

February 21, 2021

Skip was a great leader and Shipmate! We have the watch, till we meet on shore leave one day my Brother Chief!

PRCS Bill Sims

February 21, 2021

Skip was my mentor when I checked into NAS South Weymouth. A true friend, shipmate and Chief. One of my fondest memories was standing duty with him on New Year’s Day in the late 80’s. We enjoyed parades and college bowl games the entire time.

Michael Burson (AFCM USN Retired)

February 21, 2021

I lost a brother, a shipmate, and my best friend. We were two of the same kind in thought and duty. I can still see him at the front of the boat catching that big bass. He is with his true and only love and I will miss him very much. They are both now with the supreme commander in heaven.

With love, Michael H. Burson

David Brown

February 21, 2021

Skip was a such a nice guy we where friends from Billerica sorry for your loss

Wallace Perry

February 14, 2021

I will never forget how Skip was so generous with his time and knowledge. He taught me a lot about basic construction, and we shared some great conversations while he helped me with my own house. He would always come into the ice cream shop when he saw I was working there. He loved his family very much and bragged about them all the time. He will truly be missed.