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Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home

318 Burnside Ave, East Hartford, CT

OBITUARY

Joseph Doyle

November 28, 1917August 15, 2012

Joseph (Joe) Doyle, 94, of East Hartford, beloved husband of Catherine Esther, died peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 surrounded by his family. Born in Gilford, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, November 28, 1917, Joe immigrated to the U.S. in 1953. Prior to retiring in 1980, Joe worked as a heavy equipment mechanic for the Metropolitan District Commission. He was an active parishioner and communicant of St. Rose Church where he served as an usher for many years. Joe also had lifetime memberships with the Pioneer Total Abstinence Society of the Sacred Heart, The Ancient Order of Hibernians - Division 2 Hartford, the Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury, as well as the Knights of Columbus. In addition to enjoying doing stained glass, Joe was passionate about music of all kinds, especially Irish music. His accordion and tin whistle were always with him in case a seisiun happened to start up. He was a part of the South End Seniors Sentimental Swing Band and loved playing gigs with his fellow band mates. Joe was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather and will be greatly missed by his family. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children; his sons Michael Doyle and his wife Muguette of Florida, Gregory Doyle and his wife Janice of East Hartford, Gerard Doyle and his wife Holly of South Windsor, as well as his daughter Theresa Doyle of East Hartford. He also leaves his 8 grandchildren; Brian, Shari, Steven, Paul, Jason, Jeffrey, Ryan, and Carleigh, as well as 10 great grandchildren; Adam, Jacob, Jayleeane, Brian, Brithney, Meghan, Kalie, Teagan, Owen and Ian, and numerous nieces and nephews in Ireland, Canada, and the U.S. He also leaves behind his dear friend Maureen Doran. Joe was predeceased by his wife Kathleen (Doran) Doyle, infant son Desmond Doyle, and his daughter Mary Donna (Doyle) Purcell in addition to his 9 brothers and sisters. Calling hours are today, Monday Aug. 20th from 4p.m. – 8p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 21st at 10:00 a.m. at St. Rose Church, 33 Church St., East Hartford. Friends are asked to proceed directly to the church that morning. Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home 318 Burnside Ave., East Hartford, CT 06108 has charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joseph Doyle’s name may be made to: Saint Francis Cancer Center – 94 Woodland St., Hartford, CT. For more information or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.newkirkandwhitney.com.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 20, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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September 22, 2012

Sorry to hear of your loss Joe was my uncle my name is Desmond Fitzpatrick my mother Lilly was the sister of your father, prayers and thoughts are with your whole family from us all in Ireland (Gilford)

August 22, 2012

We have so many wonderful stories our late Dad John Flaherty had told us of Joe Doyle.
Dad worked with Joe right after he and his family arived here form Ireland. One funny story I will relay is when Dad was under an Engine working in the shop with Joe and Dad said he asked Joe to "Hand him a hose clamp". Joe kept handing Dad several different tools (thinking this must be what he's asking for). Finally Dad said he got out fro under the Engine and went over to the bench for the hose clamp. Joe's response was..." You wanted a Jubilie Clip!"
Our Dad had turned 90 June 2008 and we had a celebration for him...Joe showed up a day in advance,sat with Dad and brought him his "Jubilie Clip" for his birthday! Joe explained to us that the clip was invented in England during Queen Victorias Jubilie...hence the name!
Joe had wonderful sense of humor & love of people. This family feels blessed to have had such phenominal men that have touched our lives! God Bless you!
Linda,Sarah and Cyndy Flaherty (John & Ruths kids)
Manchester,Ct.

August 22, 2012

I just learned today of Joe's passing and am deeply saddened by it. I will never ever forget Joe. I greatly admired his passion for life and especially his undying love of music. Joe always loved to sit in with me when I was playing at the Irish Club. He was never happier than when he was playing his music. What a wonderful inspiration for all of us.I feel truly blessed to have known Joe. Joe as you look down please keep me me from playing any "bum" notes. Your friend Tony Hayes.

Dave, Aaron & Grace Burr

August 22, 2012

Greg, My deepest sympathies on the passing of your father.

John LeBlanc

August 21, 2012

Lisa and I are sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. May peace and healing find you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

John and Lisa LeBlanc

August 21, 2012

Joe always greeted you with his infectious smile. In music and life he was an inspiration. Even at 94 years, he went too soon. My condolences to his family.
Jim Gallagher

August 21, 2012

Joe always greeted you with his infectious smile. In music and life he was an inspiration. Even at 94 years, he went too soon. My condolences to his family.
Jim Gallagher



Jim Gallagher

Terry and Tricia Sullivan

August 20, 2012

To Joe's family,

Joe was a gentleman in every sense of the word. We will all miss his warm smile, his quick wit and the accordion tunes he taught us along the way. God Bless you Joe.

August 20, 2012

Theresa,
Sorry to hear about your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Suzanne, John, Aidan and Elizabeth Malone

Rey $ Monica Banta

August 20, 2012

To Joe's family , May Dear Joe rest in peace, and may the good Lord hold all his family in the palm of His hand, and may you all have the streanth to carry on. Joe was a wonderful gentleman and he will be missed very much by all his Irish friends, and all his family and many maany friends. God Bless all of Joe's family.

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