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NORTH ANDOVER, MA - Joseph Francis Bishop Jr., of North Andover, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at the age of 97, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Lawrence on March 8, 1920, to the late Joseph Francis Bishop and Mary Agnes (Murphy) Bishop.
Joe attended St. Augustine Grammar School and Lawrence High School, where he was an excellent student and track athlete. After earning his diploma, he attended Boston College, graduating with the class of 1941, the same year, he would proudly tell you, that the Eagles' "Team of Destiny" went to the Sugar Bowl and won a national championship. An avid football fan, Joe attended BC football games until he was 92.
Joe joined the Marine Corps right after his college graduation and proudly served with the 3rd Batallion, 5th Marines, seeing combat in the Pacific theatreas a company commander at Guadalcanal, Ngesebus, and Peleliubefore returning home in 1944. After the war, he remained in the Marine Corps Reserves, retiring on March 8, 1980 with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
When he left active military service, Joe worked initially for the Veterans Administration, then for the Internal Revenue Service. He completed an accountancy program at Bentley College and became a Special Agent in the Boston office of the U.S. Intelligence Service Boston, where he served for many years until his retirement in 1976.
Joe was a religious man. He was raised in the Roman Catholic Church and, after moving to North Andover in 1955, was a regular communicant at St. Michael's Church. He had a strong faith that helped him to overcome life's sorrows and challenges. He was an Irishman through and through with a twinkle in his eye, a smile on his face, and a funny story to tell. He had many, many friends. He was a humble man, an honorable man, a gentle man, and a peacemaker. He was above all devoted to his family. In 1945, he married Dorothy (Dottie Ann) Hurrell, a childhood sweetheart who was to remain his beloved companion until her death in 2010. Together they raised three daughters, Donna, Louise, and Barbara. They also had a son, Andrew, who died in infancy.
Joe loved to golf and was a longstanding member of Portsmouth Country Club, where he played until just a few years ago. He was a former member of the Hamblet Club, where he ran track, swam, played wallyball, and enjoyed games of 45s and cribbage. He loved to travel and enjoyed the beach, especially Ogunquit, Maine. For many years, he and his family visited Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida, for winter vacations.
Joe is survived by his daughters, Donna, of Lowell; Louise and her husband, Bob Henderson, of Seabrook, N.H.; and Barbara and her husband, Scott Hyzdu, of North Andover; by five grandchildren, Andrew Henderson and his wife, Julia, of North Andover; Doug Henderson and his wife, Ivana, of North Andover; Dana (Henderson) Courtney, and her husband, Patrick, of Andover; and Gregory and Matthew Hyzdu of North Andover. He was also blessed with five great-grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces; and many friends and relatives who will miss him dearly.
The family would like to thank the staff of Salemhaven for the compassionate care that they provided him.
Semper fi, Joe. Well done, my good and faithful servant.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, March 2, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Church. Burial will follow in Ridgewood Cemetery in North Andover. Family and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours on Thursday, March 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third Street, North Andover.
Memorial contributions in Joseph's name may be made to St. Michael's Church, Main St, North Andover, MA 01845. For directions, or to offer online condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.
Published on February 27, 2018
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