Obituary: Joseph Pace Sr. of J. Pace & Son Stores

PACE, Joseph Sr. of Saugus, formerly of Stoneham, on December 24. Beloved husband of Angela (Cappello). Father of Joseph Jr. and his wife Christine and Cara Costa Pace. Son of the late Nicolo and Rosaria (DiPompo). Brother of Maria Pace Barker. Also survived by four grandchildren, Joseph III, Nicolas, Gianna, Nicollette, many nieces, nephews and friends.

A Funeral Mass will be held in the St. Patrick Church, Stoneham, Thursday, December 28 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. However, burial will be private. Positively omit flowers. Donations in Joseph’s memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, “Dr. Kwiatkowski’s Research Fund”, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.

Joe started from humble beginnings working beside his father Nicolo at their North End grocery store and through the years turned his family into one of the most respected and successful food corporations in the Boston area. Most importantly his most proud achievement was his family which he treasured so very much.

17 Replies to “Obituary: Joseph Pace Sr. of J. Pace & Son Stores

  1. Joe and his life will continue to inspire and motivate so many people—hardworking, considerate, thoughtful , loyal, optimistic and generous to his family , his employees , so many friends and his caregivers at Dana Farber.

  2. Joe was one of the most sincere, warm, caring and generous people I knew. He always asked what he could do for the children and seniors of the North End!

    R.I.P. my friend – You will truly be missed by everyone! My prayers are with your family.

    John “JR” Romano

  3. Mr. Pace. Thank you for Everything. You are and will always be a great human being. I will greatly Miss you. You are an inspiration to many and as my father You showed me that Family is everything and always comes first. 🙏🏽 RIP

  4. Such a lovely man. Always so kind and warm. He always gave me great advice on what cut of meat to buy. Rest In Peace.

  5. I first got introduced to Joe and his restaurant in Boston 20 years ago. Such a kind and decent man. They used to call me “cupcake lady” because I bought them regularly. Such goid, quality food from such a lovely, lovely man. Godspeed Joe Pace, and peace to your family and your soul.

  6. Joe was a wonderful person I had the opportunity to work with Joe on the construction of his store . He was a gentleman and always made me feel comfortable . You will be missed Joe and I will keep you in my prayers. Rest in Peace.

  7. RIP to the head of a fine family. God grant you eternal peace and your heavenly reward, good steward!

  8. Condolences to the family…there are so few real gentleman left…he was the epitomy of gentility, kindness and generosity.
    May your memory be a blessing to all.

  9. Rest in peace Joe. Such a decent human being, always with a big smile on his face, willing to take the time to say hello to everyone and ask how they were doing.
    Such a giving human being, taking the time to make everyone feel important.
    God has called another angel on earth back to heaven.
    Our condolences to Angela and the family.
    With much love, Jean and Paul Delios

  10. I have had the pleasure of knowing Joe and Angela for decades as patients in my downtown eyecare practice. Such open and warm people… Angela, my heart goes out to you and your family. Dr. Howard Harrison

  11. I worked for him it was my first job i had in the 70’s 80’s he would call me popcorn 😂 rip joe u were a good man and had the best cold cuts around

  12. Mr. Pace was a warm, kind, loving man.
    He was so proud of his Italian heritage, and he shared his love of family with everyone he met. I was honored to have done some work for him at his Saugus location , but I treasured our friendship more than anything. May you Rest In Peace Joe.

  13. My Mom is from Naples area and moved to the North End in 1964 when she was 24. She knew the Pace family and took me to the North End store many times. Rest in peace.

  14. When ever I went to the Saugus store and joe was working ,,he stop what he was doing after his customer come over to me and greet me. He used to tease me and say what a schooch I was when I was little,,,I used to go shopping with my father on saturdays to his store on Salem st..the best cold cuts and groceries,,joe was always a gentleman and humble he never forget we’re he came from rest in peace

  15. Joe Pace was our landlord when my sister and I lived at 63 Salem St in 1978! His shop was directly across the street. He was a very nice, humble, quiet and respectful man. I was always a day or two late with the rent because I was in the Coast Guard and didn’t make much money back then! He used to say don’t worry about being a few days late! May he rest in peace!

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