Published April 19, 2019

MELROSE — Joseph E. “Chipper” Costanza Jr., 71, died at his home in Melrose on April 13, 2019.

Joseph was born on December 12, 1947, graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1965 and has been a lifelong resident of Melrose. Mr. Costanza worked as a machinist at the Polaroid Corporation for over 25 years. Chipper was a lover of sports and was a huge Boston sports fan. He was a longtime member of the Melrose Lodge of Elks, loved going to the beach and enjoyed watching comedy sitcoms on TV like The Honeymooners, the Drew Carey Show and Seinfeld to name a few. Joseph was also a dog lover, had dogs his entire life and especially loved his best pal “Ollie.”

Mr. Costanza was the beloved brother of Lynnette Von Kriegenbergh of Melrose, Cheryl D’Amore and her husband John of Saugus, Judy Gallant of Melrose and the late John Melchionno and the late Nickolas “Buzzy” Costanza. Lifelong and dear friend of Nancy Donato of Turner Hills and Best Pal to Ollie. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Tuesday, April 23 from 2-6 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joe’s name to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave, Salem, MA 01970. To send a message of condolence please visit