Published in the May 27, 2016 edition

Obit-park-webWAKEFIELD — Joseph K. Park, 71, of Wakefield, formerly of Melrose and North Reading, died Monday, May 23, at Wingate at Reading.

Born in Melrose on April 29, 1945, he was the son of the late Gordon and Margaret (Bourque) Park. He was a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1963.

Joe worked for the Boston Naval Shipyard from 1967 to 1973 and as a letter carrier for the Wakefield Post Office from 1973 to 1999.

He has been a resident of Wakefield for the past 16 years and a former resident of North Reading for 25 years.

Joe had a charming personality with a great sense of humor. He loved his children and grandchildren with all of his heart. He had a welcoming smile and found joy in making people laugh.

Joe loved music, history, westerns and loved to read. He was a diehard Bruins fan and enjoyed playing cards. He also loved to play on the piano.

Family members include his loving son Daniel J. Park and his daughter Jennifer (Park) Strangman and her husband Jay, all of North Reading; sisters Nancy Park of Hampton, N.H. and Jean Sheridan of Melrose; grandchildren Scott and Casey Strangman and several nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading on Friday, May 27 at 10:30 a.m. Calling hours were held on Thursday, May 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to: American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria VA 22312.