Mr. Joseph F. Denehy

  • Born: February 19, 1925
  • Died: April 23, 2017
  • Location: Stoneham, Massachusetts

Barile Funeral Home

482 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Tel. 781.438.2280

Tribute & Message From The Family

Joseph F. Denehy, 92, beloved husband of the late Jane E. (Toomey) Denehy, passed away on Sunday, April 23rd at the Edith Nourse Rogers Veterans Memorial Hospital in Bedford after a brief illness. Born in Boston, he is the son of the late Timothy and Sadie (Doherty) Denehy.

Joseph grew up in Charlestown and was a graduate of Roxbury Memorial High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country during WWII. Joseph was involved in the Battle of Normandy, and in a sea battle off the coast of France and was captured by the Germans in March of 1945. He was a prisoner of war for 63 days. Upon his discharge from the Navy, he met the love of his life Jane and married in 1950. They were married for 60 years until she passed away in 2011. Joe began his career in law enforcement in 1949 for the MDC police department. He was promoted to Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. In 1971 he left to pursue a career as a Lieutenant Detective for the Massachusetts State Police. He retired as a Major in 1990 after 40 years in law enforcement. Joe was a proud and active resident of Stoneham. He and his wife often volunteered their time at the town election polls. He enjoyed being outdoors and especially being at his home in Dennisport, Cape Cod. Joe was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. His family meant everything to him and he will truly be missed.

He is survived by his three children: Joseph F. Denehy, Jr. and his wife Kathi, Janice M. Denehy and Jeanne E. Rodrigues; three grandchildren: Joseph R. Denehy, Jessica J. Rodrigues and Joshua J. Rodrigues; along with many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his three siblings: Charles Denehy, Rita Malone and Ralph Denehy.

His funeral will be from the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main Street, (RT28) Stoneham, on Thursday at 9am. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend, followed by a Funeral Mass at Saint Patrick's Church, 71 Central Street, Stoneham at 10am.

Family and friends are kindly invited to gather and share remembrances with the family on Wednesday, April 26th from 4 to 8pm in the funeral home. Parking attendants and elevator available. Burial will be in Lindenwood Cemetery, Stoneham.

Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the American Red Cross, 139 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142. The Red Cross is an organization that was instrumental with helping Joseph's wife Jane.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Our condolences to the Denehy family.
Joe was a great cop, and a great man. Cherish all the wonderful memories.

Posted by John and Judy Leccese - Stoneham, MA - Friend   April 26, 2017

On behalf of the Retired Association of Metropolitan Police, please accept our most heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences for your loss.our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends during this time of sadness.

Posted by Retired Association of Metropolitan Police - South Weymouth, MA - Coworker   April 26, 2017

Dear Joe, Janice and Jeannie,
We are so sorry to hear of the death of your Dad. Truly one of the great men and such a dear friend to our Mom and Dad

The O'Connor family from CharlestownITB3N

Posted by Marie O'Connor Sweeney - Melrose, MA - Friend   April 26, 2017

I remember Joe being the captain in charge of the MDC Police Academy when I went through in 1970. Being from Charlestown like he was he made me work a bit harder on the runs! He will always be admired and respected.

Posted by Jimmy Considine - Scituate, MA   April 25, 2017