Lunenburg – Joseph “Joe” Ellis Dignam Jr., 79 of Lunenburg, passed away on Monday, November 29, 2021 in HealthAlliance Hospital, Leominster, following a brief illness.
Joe was born on June 13, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan, a son of the late Joseph E. Dignam Sr. and Winifred (Boudreau) Dignam.
Joe was predeceased by his loving wife Karen Elaine (Dwyer) Dignam in 2018, both his parents, and his brother Michael F. Dignam in 2021.
Joe is survived by his daughter, Catherine F. Dignam and her husband James Sabino of Groton, MA, his sister, Mary Catherine Klatt and her husband Jon of Sioux Falls, SD, sister-in-law, Lisa Dignam of Ft. Myers, FL, nieces and nephews, Sarah Kramer of Sioux Falls, SD, Tim Kelly of Grand Rapids, SD, and Michael Dignam and Reeves Dignam of Houston, TX.
Joe graduated from Notre Dame High School in Fitchburg in 1960. He completed a Bachelor Degree in 1965 and Masters Degree in 1970 of Education from Fitchburg State College and a Masters Degree of Natural Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1981. Joe’s career as an educator in Fitchburg spanned fifty-five years, starting as a science teacher at B.F. Brown Junior High. He moved on to become a physics teacher and science department chair at Fitchburg High School. Upon his retirement from Fitchburg High, he taught physics part time as an instructor at Fitchburg State University until 2020. He was a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and the Massachusetts Teachers Association. In addition to teaching, he loved fly fishing, fly tying, classic sports cars and he was the proud owner of two BMW convertibles. He was a member of the BMW Car Club of America and the Fitchburg Sportsmen’s Club. Joe enjoyed his retirement being able to visit with friends and family, fish, play cribbage, read sailing novels, and take drives in his convertibles.
You are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 4-7pm in the Lunenburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Home, 763 Massachusetts Ave., Lunenburg.
Burial Services will take place in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Joseph E. Dignam, Jr. ‘65’, ’70 scholarship at Fitchburg State University, 160 Pearl Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420-2697. Online memorial contributions may also be made “In Memory of Joseph E. Dignam, Jr.” by going to: https://support.fitchburgstate.edu/makeagift.
John F. Masciarelli, James M. Hebert and Terresa Shea, Funeral Directors
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