Published in the April 18, 2019 edition.

GREENFIELD — Joseph C. Scappace Jr., 65, of Greenfield died April 11, 2019 at MGH, Boston following a period of declining health.

He was born in Somerville on May 1, 1953 to Joseph and Eva (Mallett) Scappace and was raised in Wakefield. He was educated in local public schools and graduated from Wakefield Memorial High School in the Class of 1971. Joe served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War from 1972 to 1976. He was a freight conductor for the railroad, retiring in 2013. Joe enjoyed summer camping with his family, attending custom van events, tinkering and walks with his dog Ike.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Kathy (McGuire) Scappace of Greenfield; his three children and their partners and six grandchildren: Eva Licata and her daughter Isabella; Joseph and Valerie and their children, Kahlan, Joseph and Autumn; Mirinda Scappace and her partner Michael Davis and their children, Willow and Gavin. He is also survived by his siblings William, Joanne and Michelle.

A celebration of his life will be held Tuesday, May 7 from 2 p.m. at Terrazza at the Greenfield Country Club, 224 Country Club Road, Greenfield. Rev. Mr. Paul DeCarlo and Jack Cooper-Celebrant to officiate, with military honors to be conducted by the USN followed by a reception from 3 until 6 p.m. The McCarthy Funeral Homes of Greenfield and Turners Falls have been entrusted with the arrangements. Guest book and condolence message available at