Joseph R. Lemoine (a.k.a. Joe or Tony Volu), 83 years old, formerly of Chicopee, Massachusetts, a resident of San Diego, CA, peacefully passed away in his sleep on 8-22-2020 in California. He was born in Chicopee to the late Theodore Lemoine (born in Rhode Island) and Marie Cecile Nadeau (born in Canada), he attended Cathedral High School and was a graduate of life.
Joe had quite the colorful resume throughout his life and worked until the day he passed; he held various positions and had multiple careers beginning as a tool maker then President of his local union at Moore Drop Forging Company, owned numerous bar establishments, ran his thoroughbred horses from Massachusetts down to Florida, worked in construction, customer service, continued his entrepreneurial endeavors selling his wares, had a successful career as a commercial actor with small rolls in the movie industry. At the time of his passing, he was semi-retired in the commercial/movie industry and he managed the Pacific Sands Motel in Pacific Beach, CA.
His philanthropy reached many different organizations. He had 30 years and 5 months of sobriety and was actively recovering in AA, as well as a very respected role model and sponsor to many from Los Angeles to San Diego. He enjoyed his long walks and exercise routine and feeding the local wildlife at the beach where he lived. He also loved going to the track with his friends. He was a devout Catholic, Democrat, Patriots and Red Sox fan.
He will be missed by his family and friends dearly and leaves behind the following: his children Joseph Lemoine (of Southwick, MA) and his wife Gale Lemoine, predeceased by William J. Martin (of N. Fort Meyers, FL), Laurie Gay and her husband Paul Gay (of Belchertown, MA), Sharon L. Martin (of N. Fort Meyers, FL), predeceased by Thomas D. Lemoine who was married to Stephanie Lemoine (of Enfield, CT), Lisa Fournier and her husband Gary Fournier (of Agawam, MA), and Michelle Paul and her husband Lawrence A. Paul, Jr. (of San Diego, CA). Joseph also leaves behind many grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Lastly, Joseph left behind and was predeceased by his closest friends, many who he had known most of his life.
Private calling hours are on Friday, September 11, 2020 from 4–7 PM at the Brunelle Funeral Home, 811 Chicopee St., Chicopee. MA. Joe’s funeral will be held on Saturday September 12th starting at 8:45 am at the funeral home, followed by a Liturgy of Catholic burial at 10 AM at St. Rose De Lima Church, Grattan St. Chicopee. Burial will be in St. Rose De Lima Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Joe’s memory to Alcoholics Anonymous. Please wear face masks/covering at throughout the funeral services and follow social distancing guidelines. Visit www.brunellefuneralhome.com for directions and to leave a condolence for the family.
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