Of Malden. Passed away on January 5, 2023. He was 97 years old. Born in Boston, Joseph was a longtime resident of Malden. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran having served during WWII and had retired from the Malden Fire Department as a Captain with 32 years of service.
Joseph was preceded in death by his wife Mary (Cappellucci) Fontana. He was the loving father of Donna Abruzi and her husband Stephen of Tewksbury and Susan Fontana of Reading. Joseph was the dear brother of William Fontana and his wife Mariann of Arizona and the late Carmella Metrano, Edward Fontana and Salvatore Fontana. He was the cherished grandfather of Julie Andriolo and her husband Kevin, Brian Abruzi and his wife Karen and Joseph Abruzi. He also leaves three great-grandchildren, K.J. and Will Andriolo and Cole Abruzi as well as many nieces and nephews.
The funeral was held from the A. J. Spadafora Funeral Home, Malden on Tuesday, January 10th followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Immaculate Conception Church, Malden. Visiting hours were held at the funeral home on Monday, January 9th. Interment was in Forest Dale Cemetery, Malden.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joseph’s memory can be made to the Malden Fire Relief Assocation, 1 Sprague Street, Malden, MA 02148.