Joseph (Joe) Rota, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, lost his courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease at Wolfeboro Bay Center, Wolfeboro, NH. He was welcomed into the loving arms of the Lord on Thursday, March 1, 2018
Joe was born on November 3rd, 1937 in Newark, New Jersey, to Paul Rota and Angela (Clemente) Rota. He was also predeceased by his sister Patricia.
Joe leaves behind his wife and best friend, Dawn Fleming Rota, with whom he shared over 35 years of love, adventures and memories. Together in Scituate, MA, they raised two wonderful children, Meaghan and Rob.
Meaghan Rota Cooper and her husband Greg live in Wolfeboro, NH, and share three beautiful children. Kaitlyn, Kristin and Ben adored their grandfather and have been the lights of his life.
Rob Rota lives in Los Angeles, CA, continuing the work that his talented dad always inspired and encouraged, and in whom Joe had great pride.
Joe will also be greatly missed by his former wife, Susan Fasten, with whom he raised three children who will also miss his guidance and support: Francine Rota of Brookline, MA, along with her two sons, Sam and Jackson, David Rota of Brookline, and his children Veronica and Frederick, and Daphne Rota Blacker, her husband Shimon, and their two sons, Noam and Asher.
In addition, Joe leaves his close-knit extended family in New Jersey, especially his loving sisters: Marie Elaine Rota Maffei and her husband Sam, and Paula Rota Cerami and her husband Joe, along with a multitude of adored nephews, nieces and cousins.
Along with many devoted friends, Joe’s spirit will be missed by his devoted Fleming Clan: Doug and Debbie Fleming of Westwood, MA, Dianne and Dave Escalante of Needham, MA, Doreen Fleming and Rossana Guizzo of Monroe, CT, Debbie and Mark Powers of West Newbury, MA, and Daniel Fleming of Danielson, CT, as well as all of their wonderful children.
Prior to his retirement, Joe was a project manager for Spectrum in Weymouth, MA and was very active in the Parkinson’s community. He was proud to be a founding father of the Drama Mamas and Papas, a Scituate High School Drama support group formed in the late 1990’s. He will also always be appreciated by countless South Shore residents whose lives he touched while managing Project Turnabout in Weymouth. His greatest passion was helping others to find happiness.
Joe will long be remembered for his gentleness, kindness and devotion to his family and friends.
His family would like to thank the staff at Wolfeboro Bay Center and Compassus Hospice for the attentive care and many simple acts of kindness which they bestowed upon him. You touched us and we are most grateful!
Visiting hours at Lord’s Funeral home will be on Friday evening, March 9th 6pm – 8pm
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe’s memory to your local drug/alcohol rehabilitation facility, or to a charity that is close to your own heart.
A funeral Mass will be said on Saturday morning, March 10th at 11:00am at St. Katherine Drexel Church in Alton. Immediately following Mass, all are invited to attend a luncheon in the parish hall to celebrate Joe’s life.