Member of Martins Pond Union Baptist Church

 Published in the August 13, 2015 edition

Joseph-Simone-Obit-webNORTH ANDOVER — Rev. Joseph Simone, 91, of North Andover and formerly of Andover for many years, died at his home on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary H. (Rezendes) Simone, who died in 2012.

Born in Bridgeport, Conn. on Jan. 13, 1924. He was the son of the late Dominic and Anna (Mastrone) Simone. He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific War area from 1942 to 1945.

Joseph received a B.A. degree from Elon College and an M.A. degree from Andover Newton Theological School. He traveled to Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and France.

He was a retired Congregational Minister (United Church of Christ), serving churches in Rhode Island, North Carolina and Massachusetts. He later worked as an English teacher and guidance counselor for the Wakefield Middle School. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for 15 years as an instructor and as an assistant staff officer, from 1993 to 1998.

His accomplishments are listed in the books following: Who’s Who in the East. Dictionary of International Biography, The Two Thousand Men of Achievement, Notable Americans of the Bicentennial Era, Who’s Who in Religion, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

Joseph was always there for others. His life’s purpose was to create unity among all people. He was passionate about what he believed in. He loved life and his family. He was constantly growing and learning each day. He never stopped wanting to become a better person. He enjoyed reading, writing, photography, his computers and the Bible. He also loved his chocolate and ice cream.

He was a member of the Martins Pond Union Baptist Church in North Reading, Masonic Fraternity, Sigma Mu Sigma, Disabled American Veterans and Andover Ministered Association.

Family members include his three children, Claudia A. Simone Trethewey of Merrimack, N.H., Joseph S. Simone of Jaffrey, N.H. and Zachary D. Simone of Alton Bay, N.H.; four grandchildren, a great–grandchild, four nieces, a nephew and several great nieces and great nephews; four late brothers and two late sisters.

His funeral was held at the Martins Pond Union Baptist Church, 4 Cogswell Rd., North Reading on Monday, Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. Visitation was held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading, prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to: American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123.