Joseph A. Owen, Jr.

  • Born: November 24, 1960
  • Died: April 6, 2020
  • Location: Littleton, Massachusetts

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347 King Street
Littleton, MA 01460
Tel. (978) 486-3709

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Father and Trusted Friend

Joseph A. Owen, Jr. November 24, 1960 - April 6, 2020

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Joseph A. Owen, Jr. master electrician and life-long resident of Littleton, passed away in the comfort of his home on Monday April 6, 2020 at the age of 59. Joe was the loving husband of Kathy (Lambert) Owen for nearly 20 years.

Born in Cambridge, Joe was the son of Joseph A. Owen, Sr. of Littleton and the late Mary "Madelyn" (Portanova) Owen. Joe was raised in Littleton and graduated from Nashoba Valley Technical High School with the class of 1978.

At the young age of 18, Joe started his business, Joseph A. Owen, Jr. - Master Electrician, known to most as Owen Electric, and for many decades successfully served local residents and businesses. In 1984 Joe married Madeleine (Gosselin) Owen and together they had two handsome boys, Joseph and Michael. Though their relationship turned out to be less permanent, Joe went on to marry his loving wife Kathy on September 25, 1999. Joe and Kathy remained in Littleton where they raised the two boys together with Madeleine.

Joe was a devoted husband and father who cherished his time with family and friends. He was an avid motorcyclist, partaking in numerous fundraising rides and events. He also enjoyed snowmobiling, boating, spending winters in Arizona, trips to Key West and Orlando with Kathy, and Myrtle Beach Bike Week with his riding buddies.

Joe is survived by his wife Kathy, father Joseph Sr., son Joseph A. Owen III and his wife Vanessa of Leominster, son Michael Owen and his fiancée Alexa of Ayer, his brothers, Russell Owen of North Carolina, Dana Owen of Shirley, Lawson Owen of North Carolina, Mitchell Owen of Pepperell, and many cherished family members and friends. He also leaves behind his loyal chihuahuas Chico and Mazy, best childhood friend and riding buddy Peter Callaluca, and close friend and riding buddy Donald Bordeleau. The loss of Joe and his humor, generosity, and kind nature is deeply felt by his loving family, the Littleton community and beyond.

Friends and family will gather to honor and remember Joe for a graveside service on Saturday September 5, 2020 at 11:00 am at Westlawn Cemetery, 7 New Estate Road, Littleton, MA 01460.

As most of you know, Joe was the recipient of a double lung transplant in 2008, which gave him an additional 12 wonderful years of life with his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the Owen family would appreciate donations to be made in Joe's memory towards continued research at the University of Pittsburgh's Lung Transplant Research Department.

If sending a check, please write, "In Memory of Joseph A. Owen Jr." on the memo line and mail to:

University of Pittsburgh
Lung Transplant Research
128 North Craig Street - Suite 213
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Joe you are missed by so many. Today we are going to say our prayers to you but not goodbye you will forever be in everyone's hearts! Please watch over my sister your beautiful wife she misses you so. You were my cancer buddy and someday we will talk about it again love to you ❤❤❤

-Kimberly Kimball, sisters-in-law, Orlando FL September 05, 2020

Posted by Kimberly Kimball - Orlando, FL - Family   September 05, 2020

I'm sorry to hear about your husband. I'm sorry for your loss .

Posted by John Lemay - Danville, NH - Friend   May 04, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Joey's passing and for your loss. I have many wonderful memories of our junior and high school years. He will always be remembered as someone special in my life.

Posted by Renita Souza-Hall - Tucson, AZ - Classmate   April 24, 2020

Joey Owen was one of the most hardworking and fun-loving guys I've ever met. He was so friendly and outgoing and had a great sense of humor. Whenever I'd see him he would always be impartingsome words of wisdom...and he gave me some veryuseful advice over the years. My condolences go out to all of his friends and family....hewill be missed very much.

Posted by Emily Sweeney - Ayer, MA - friend   April 20, 2020

Joe you will be sadly missed by Eric and myself will miss your humor and your Caring for people God-bless your family and I hope your son's know that they had a great father

Posted by Eric Prendable - Westford, MA - Friend   April 15, 2020

We're so sorry to hear the passing of Joe. He was a great guy and will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all through this very difficult time. R.I.P. Joe

Tiny's Restaurant, Ayer

Posted by Bill Mauro - Pepperell, MA - Friend   April 13, 2020

I wantes to take a moment to extend my truly, heart felt sorrow. We shared many conversations about everything and so many laughs.I will truly muss his kind words shared with me.May our memories further his days forward ,beyond his footsteps on this earth.

Posted by Paul Swider - Still River, MA - Acquaintance   April 13, 2020

Heartbroken to learn of Joey's passing. He was a lifelong friend that I have such fond childhood memories of as well as all of the Owen family. Joey was incredibly endeared to my much missed, beloved mom, Tessie. Joey washer paperboy and she just adored him. My deepest sympathy to all of Joey's brothers, family and all who loved him. He was such a great guy. May Joey rest in eternal peace in the light and love of all who loved him. So sorry for your profound loss. All love, Debbie

Posted by Deb Karr-Francis - Milford, DE - Friend   April 13, 2020

So sorry for your loss I remember Joe from bike night at High Octane he was a funny guy. Ride with the angels. God bless and may the peace of the Lord comfort you all.

Posted by Sandi Mannas - Concord, MA - Friend   April 12, 2020

So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was a great friend, great contractor, and was always there when you needed him. We will miss him. Ron and Denise Caruso, Shirley, MA

Posted by Ron and Denise Caruso - Shirley, MA - Friend   April 11, 2020

Our deepest sympathies to all of Joe's family. He will be greatly missed by his neighbors across the street. We will especially miss when he would drive by with Chico's little face catching the breeze and Joe would give us his "hey neighbor" wave. Our prayers to Kathy, the boys, and all of your family.

Posted by Beth and Rich Mangano - Littleton, MA - Neighbor   April 11, 2020

So sorry for the lose of a great man. He will be missed.

Posted by Gwen Ayet - Gilman, VT - Friend   April 10, 2020


Saddened to hear this news but Joe was a fighter and lived life his way always. Prayers to all at this time.

Posted by Cathy (Wetherbee) Snell - Riverview, FL - Family   April 10, 2020

To all Joe's family and friends, I'm very sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort in these days of sadness.

Posted by Cheryl Nelson - LIttleton, MA - Friend   April 10, 2020

I grew up down the street from Joe. Known him all my life and can't remember ever seeing him without
a smile on his face. He was kind & generous to a fault. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
My sincere sympathies to the family. Rest in Peace Joe

Posted by Bob & Colleen Kilpatrik - Winchendon, MA - Friend   April 10, 2020


My deepest sympathies to Joe's family at this very sad time. I have known Joe for more than 45 years, and am remembering all the great times we had as young kids at all the parties at his uncle Gene's cottage in Littleton. Joe, may you rest in peace, free of pain...Say hi to your Mom from me! 'Till we meet again!

Posted by Sharon Loiselle (Allen) - NH - Friend   April 10, 2020

An optimistic and a realist. What a great guy with a zest for life. You will be missed Joe.

Posted by William Vales - Littleton, MA - friend   April 10, 2020

Rest in peace joe

Posted by Rob Stephens - Littleton, MA - Friend   April 10, 2020

Sincerest sympathies to Joes' extended family and friends. He had his share of battles in life and was a fighter to the end always maintaining his great personality and never complaining. RIP my good friend.❤

Posted by Bill Cole - Littleton, MA - Friend   April 10, 2020

So sorry to hear about Joe passing! He'll be pain free and in the company of his beloved mother Madeline!He will be missed! Condolences to his wife and brothers and all his family!a

Posted by Robin Murray, Pace - Fort Worth, TX - Family Friend   April 10, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Joe's family. Joe was a great electrician and a super nice guy. I always enjoyed having the chance to stop and chat when paths crossed. Joe will be missed.

Posted by Deb Williams - Pepperell, MA - Friend   April 10, 2020

So sorry for lose such a great guy

Posted by Michael Holleran - Lunenburg, MA - Friend   April 10, 2020

Joe, you will be missed. You are pain free now & that makes me happy.See ya on the flip side.

Posted by Jan wilcox - n chelmsford, MA - Friend   April 09, 2020

Joe may you be pain free and happy in heaven talking with your Mom. Bruce and I will miss you thank you for all you have done for everyone. Love and hugs to you and your family. Love Kimmy your be strong cancer fighter ❤

Posted by Kimberly Kimball - Orlando, FL - Family   April 09, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers and condolences to you and your family.

Posted by Marybeth Sherry - Fairfield, CA - Friend   April 09, 2020

My deepest sympathies to you and your family

Posted by Debbie Pierce - Littleton, MA - Friend   April 09, 2020

im so sorry for the passing of joe.went to Nashoba tech with him.great guy joanne ohare johnston

Posted by joanne johnston - pepperell, MA - Friend   April 09, 2020

My deepest condolences to Joes family and friends.

Posted by John Harvey - Peabody, MA - Coworker   April 09, 2020

So Sorry for your loss. Meg & Mark Romilly.

Posted by margaret fraser - LITTLETON, MA - Friend   April 09, 2020

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