Joseph C. Tufano Jr.

Joseph C. Tufano, Jr, 74 of Johnston died at Roger Williams Hospital on March 7th after a year long illness. He was employed for 38 years as a senior foreman of the Johnston Highway Department, retiring in 2003.

Joseph was the loving husband of Valerie (Pisano) Tufano. They celebrated each other in marriage for 48 years. He was born in Providence in 1943 and resided there until moving to Johnston in 1952. His deceased parents were Joseph Tufano, Sr. and Theresa (Giannattasio) Tufano.

Besides his wife, Joe leaves his beloved daughters, Felicia (Tufano) Whiting of Providence and Joeli (Tufano) Kuncio of Smithfield. He leaves his cherished grandchildren, Grace, Nicholas, and Evan Whiting of Providence. Joseph also leaves a nephew, 2 beautiful nieces, a great niece, 3 precious sisters in law and 3 brothers in law who were all his family. He follows in death his life long friend, Charles Asselin.

Joseph was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, motorcycling, ATVing, snowmobiling, skiing, gardening, landscaping, scuba diving, and summer beach activities. He was also a marksman-target shooter, an award winning photographer, and a stone mason. He was a long term member of the Rhode Island Fish and Game Protective Association and The National Rifle Association. He served in the 4th Armored Division of the U.S. Military and was a communicant of North Providence Assembly for 23 years.

Calling hours will STILL be Monday from 4:00-7:00pm in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston.

HOWEVER...... THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE WILL BE MOVED BACK 1 DAY AND NOW WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY MARCH 14TH AT 10:00am in the North Providence Assembly 244 Lexington Avenue North Providence.

Interment will follow in Highland Memorial Park Cemetery Johnston. In lieu of flowers, kindly send your tax deductible gift to "Build the Banner of Love Inc." P.O. Box 8243 Cranston, RI 02920 (this non-profit organization supports all persons affected by overdose and addiction.)

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Sandra Thompson - 03/10/2018

Val, I won't be back in New England until Wednesday 😞 We are praying for you and your family. You are so very special to me💞 I'm very sorry for your loss.

Dale Abbott - 03/10/2018

So sorry for Joe’s family and friends who have just suffered a terrible loss I have just said a prayer for Joe , all his family and friends . R.I.P. Joe.

Lee and Kathy Adler - 03/10/2018

Val and family, know that we wish we could be there to support you all at this time. Know we will be praying and our hearts will be with you at this time. We are family.

Mitchell & Cynthia Ragsdale - 03/10/2018

We love you ... Sorry for your loss..
love you! Joe T

Rev. Janice Gerundio - 03/10/2018

Val and family, I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words. You were there for each other in life and love. May God comfort you at this time of separation.

Peter A DelFino - 03/10/2018

I used to work summers with the Johnston Highway department when I was in High school. Joey always made you laugh, he was a great guy. He worked with my Dad for years. To the Tufano family I am very sorry for your loss.
Joey tell my Mom & Dad hello..

Patti and Guy Shaffer - 03/10/2018

Joe was Always there to lend a helping hand when needed. A truly good person with a huge heart. He surely will be missed by all.

George Diaz - 03/10/2018

Every time that I think of you Joe, I see a picture in my mind of you always by his side. One could look at the photos, your posts and prayer requests and see the perfect picture of two people deeply in love with each other. I am so so sorry for your loss. Our words cannot comfort you and your family right now but our Fathers words says that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Jesus said, “ and I will send the comforter” rest, have peace in His word. Just a little bit and we will all see Joe again. I am praying for you.

Alma Ramer & Edmund Mallane - 03/11/2018

Val my heart and prayers go out to you and your family. We lost a great guy and he will be missed dearly. I am sure he will be beside you always and we will all reunite in heaven some day

Anthony Zanni - 03/11/2018

R.I.P. Joe, may the Lord watch over you and your family for eternity.
God Bless.

Mr and Mrs John and Karen Sauro - 03/11/2018

So sorry for your loss. God Bless you. Praying for you and your family.

Tamara palazzo - 03/11/2018

Thoughts and prayers to you all during this difficult time....I loved Mr. Tufano and I will miss seeing his smiling face at Dunkin Donuts having his coffee ... a lot of great memories through our childhood Joeli , may you cherish all the memories you made together and carry them in your heart! Rest In Peace

Donnie Bessette Jr. - 03/11/2018

I had the pleasure of meeting Joe when he worked for the Town. Such a pleasant person to talk to. Joel, my condolences to you and your family. May God Bless his soul.

Beth Conti - 03/11/2018

Val no words can express how I feel for you and your family for the loss of your wonderful loving husband!! My heart has always been touched by the loving relationship you had with each other! I am praying for God to give you his love , comfort and the strength you need to get through today and the days ahead! And the peace in knowing he is without pain forever with the Lord watching over you and your family!R.I.P Joe as your memories will be cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing you!!! God Bless you Val , Felicia, Joeli and family! Xoxo🙏🙏 Beth

Beverly Martone Deware - 03/11/2018

Valerie, I am so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. The two of you have shared your lives together for so many decades. I remember when you first started dating. I pray God watches over you during this time and fills your heart and mind with all the beautiful memories the two of you made together all these years. Love, Beverly

Maria Piscione Iacuele - 03/12/2018

Valerie, I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember so clearly when you started dating. God bless you and your precious family at this time and thank God that you know one day you will all be together again. Thanks be to our God. I pray for peace and comfort for you.

MIchael Bechard - 03/12/2018

So sorry to hear of your loss ,Your Family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Len n Judy Meyers - 03/12/2018

Val, Felicia, Joeli n family..we send our love n prayers. Prayed for you all this time. Not stopping now! You guys have been family ever since we met. Wish we could be with you. See ya later, Joe!

John and Carol Marrocco - 03/12/2018

We were very sorry about Joe's passing. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Please accept our sincere condolences.

Harold and ann keller - 03/12/2018

Our condolences for the loss of such a wonderful & happy man

Gail Johnson - 03/13/2018

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Joe has finished his course has run his race . With our Lord now welcoming him home as Joe hears well done good no faithful servant. Until you meet again...may our gracious Lord extend to you and your loved ones, His Shalom..

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