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Joseph P.A. Plante

August 23, 1930May 21, 2021

Joseph P. A. Plante of Brewster, Mass., passed away on May 21 from complications related to kidney disease. He was 90 years old.

He is deeply missed by his wife of 41 years, Cecile, and by his seven children and 14 grandchildren. To the end of his life, he played a sharp game of cards, made outstanding clam chowder, and flouted his doctors’ instructions, most notably by sneaking donuts. He loved to shellfish, grow vegetables, watch sports, nap in his hammock, and, most of all, golf—the last game of which he played at the Captains Golf Course in Brewster the week before his death. When he and Cecile retired to Brewster in 1986, Joe took on part-time jobs to fill his time, including maintenance manager at several Cape Cod post offices and as usher and altar server at Our Lady of the Cape. He also became a deputy shellfish constable, which drew on skills he had honed decades earlier in Biddeford, Maine. As teenagers there, he and his brothers dug famously large bushels of clams to help support their family of 12. The Boston Sunday Post on Sept. 1, 1946, called them “Maine’s champion clammers.” In 1987—41 years later—Joe was again in the news when the Brewster Oracle dubbed him the “clam man” for his skill at teaching others to shellfish.

Joe was born in 1930 in Biddeford. He graduated in 1950 from St. Louis High School, where he played varsity baseball and went on to pitch in the minor leagues. His family moved to Worcester, Mass., in 1951, which is the same year he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served during the Korean War as a corporal and until his last post in Japan in 1954. When he returned home, he earned a degree from Wentworth Institute in Pattern Making and Design and began his long career with Digital Equipment Corp. as a circuit board designer. He and Cecile married in 1979 and moved to Cape Cod shortly after his retirement from Digital.

He leaves behind Cecile (Gemme); sons Joseph and wife Amy, Stephen and wife Lisa, Phil and wife Janet; stepchildren Joanne Krause and husband Paul, Anita Masterson and husband Carlton Watson, Karen Masterson and husband Tom Wang, and Don Masterson and wife Elaine. He will be lovingly remembered by 14 adoring grandchildren—who called him Pépère—and one recently added great-granddaughter.

He is also survived by his sister Jeanette Roux, and brothers Norbert, Roger, Maurice and wife Pauline, Patrick and wife Maria, and Dennis and wife Mileine. Joe was predeceased by brothers Dick and Leo, sister Madeleine Gemme, and former spouse Raphaela Plante.

Interment will be June 18 at 9 a.m. at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne (use GPS or call 508-563-7113 for directions), followed by an 11 a.m. Mass at Our Lady of the Cape, 468 Stony Brook Road, Brewster. The mass will be live streamed at

Donations may be made to Our Lady of LaSalette, Attleboro, Mass., or to Our Lady of the Cape for the purpose of helping their sister parish in Haiti.


  • Interment

    Friday, June 18, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, June 18, 2021


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Judy and Bob Boucher

June 12, 2021

Joe was a very dear friend of us. We meet shortly after we moved to Cape Cod and spent many evenings playing cards together. Afternoons playing golf and many wonderful times clamming together. He was a wonderful person with whom we had the opportunity to spend time. We will miss him dearly and thank his wife Cecile for taking such good care of him over the years. Religion was very important to Joe and we always began dinners together with a prayer of thanks . Joe is surely in the hands of our Lord.

Dennis Plante

June 12, 2021

I remember my brother Joe sent me and my brothers Roger and Norbert fancy jackets from Japan when he was stationed there. We wore those proudly to school at Holy Family in Worcester. He definitely was the athelete in the family. When my Mom and Dad moved back to Maine, I attended and graduated from St. Louis High School. People soon realized Joe was my older brother and started telling me stories about the "Fireman" Apparently if he wasn't the starting pitcher and the team fell behind Joe was called in for releif and would shut down their opponents easily. The local newspaper gave him the nickname "The Fireman" He was one of my biggest heroes.

Judy and Tim bordeaux Bordeaux

June 12, 2021

We had many laughs especially going slamming when I difn,t know what I was doing. Doing the healing services dinners at their home with all of us from the music ministry and all our church priests games ,prizes,jokes, great memories that will last a lifetime. He will be missed .

Patrick Plante

June 2, 2021

So sorry to hear of Uncle Joes passing. I remember how soft spoken Joe was no matter what. The story of his 90th birthday was he was on the golf course enjoying a round as he should . My fondest memory goes way back to a rainy day in Maine when Uncle Joe accidentally ate the eye ball of a mackrel. My sincere condolences to Cecil and the boys. I will always remember Uncle Joe as a very kind man

Tom Telesmanick

May 26, 2021

Sandi and I offer our sincere condolences to Ceil and the entire family. Out thoughts and prayers are with you.

Darlene Wolcott

May 25, 2021

So sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Joe. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. He was a very quiet, nice man.
Darlene (Plante) and Brian Wolcott

Carl Trovato

May 25, 2021

Joe was a wonderful neighbor.
I met Joe and Ciel one summer when they had a guest from France whom they sponsored when she was an exchange student.
My sympathy to Ceil and the rest of the Plante family

Daniel Plante

May 24, 2021

Cecile, you and Uncle Joe always had kind thoughts and words for Betty Ann, David and myself here in VA. The peaceful way he went about his life with you on the Cape is testament to a contented and humble life well lived, and an inspiration to us all.


May 23, 2021

I was so saddened to learn of the passing of Joe, and I now express my deepest and most heartfelt condolences to his wife Ceil and family. Joe was a kind, delightful, courteous, and very insightful person, as well as a man of deep faith, and I indeed feel honored to be able to call him a dear friend for many years. Both Joe and Ceil have consistently been supportive of me in my each and every personal and professional endeavor, and I am grateful to God for the presence of two such wonderful people in my life for over twenty-five years. May Joe now experience the fullness of life in Jesus the Christ.