Joseph Cestodio, Sr., age 88 of Swansea passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in Clifton Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Somerset. He was the husband of the late Doris B. (St. Onge) Cestodio.
Born in Swansea, the son of the late Antonio and Evelyn (Sylvia) Cestodio, he has been a resident of Swansea for most of his life. Mr. Cestodio was employed as a Produce Manager at Stop & Shop for over 30 years until his retirement in 1988. He was a devoted father and grandfather and was known as “Voo” to everyone that knew him. He was an avid fan of racing at Seekonk Speedway where he sponsored his grandson’s car.
He is survived by his five children Barbara Britland and her husband Russell, Christine Cestodio, Joseph Cestodio, Jr., David Cestodio and his wife Jayne and Robert Cestodio and his wife Linda all of Swansea; two sisters Evelyn Almeida Mello of Swansea and Josephine Cabral of New Hampshire; two brothers Charles Cestodio, Sr. of Dighton and Everett Cestodio of Hawaii; two brother in-laws John Martin of Fall River and Joe Martin of Westport; fourteen grandchildren Laurie Pieroni, Joshua Cestodio, Dawn Britland, Kimberly Miranda, Jennifer, Robert Jr., Joann, Jody, Scott, Joseph III, Caitlin and Breonna Cestodio and Michael and Timothy Devine; twelve great-grandchildren Paige and Faith Miranda, Samuel and Joseph Soares, Zachary Fortes, Justin Pieroni, Jack and Bella Cestodio, Ethan Labouliere, Chace Brown, Andrew Sousa, Travis Devine and many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Frank, and Anthony Cestodio and Mary St. Onge.
His funeral will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 8am from the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE AT BIRCHCREST, 189 Gardners Neck Rd., Swansea followed by his funeral mass at 9am in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 530 Gardners Neck Rd., Swansea. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Swansea. Visiting hours will be Friday from 4pm to 8pm.