Joseph R. Madonia

1936 ~ 2021 (age 85)


Joseph R. Madonia, 85, a resident of Hull, MA since 1991 and former longtime Fitchburg resident died Friday, June 4, 2021 in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

He was born on April 1, 1936, a son of the late Philip A. Madonia Sr. and Lucy D. (Amico) Madonia.

He was the husband of 35 years to Susan Carr-Madonia.

   Besides his wife, he leaves one son, Joseph and two daughters, Donna and Cheryl;  a brother, Philip A. Madonia Jr. of Fitchburg, five grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert C. Madonia who died in 1963.

   Dick, as he was affectionately known, was the owner along with his brother of the Madonia Construction Company for many years in the Fitchburg area. They were well known for building the George R. Wallace Civic Center, Carmelita Landry Ice Rink, Wallace Towers, Celluplastics, Gardner High Rise for the elderly, Fitchburg Public Library, Masonic Temple in Fitchburg,  Leominster Elks, St. Bernard’s Elementary School, Southeast Elementary School, Reingold Elementary School,  John R. Briggs Elementary School, Ware Elementary School, Cushing Academy Girls Dormitory,  St. Anthony’s Elementary School and Convent, Fitchburg General Hospital which they later retrofitted into the Fitchburg Office Building.  Among many other large endeavors, he acted as the Town of Arlington project manager for the retrofitting for five schools. He also was the project manager for the Boston City Hospital. Other accomplishments were the planning of the Emerald Place Apartments and Condominiums in Whalom, and a partner in project planner for The Falls in Fitchburg.  He also had other interests in the restaurant world. He was a 1954 graduate of Fitchburg High School, a member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish and served in the United States Marine Reserves for seven years. He was a former longtime member of the Fitchburg YMCA, the Fitchburg Hyannis and Falmouth Racquetball Clubs where he was an outstanding player for many years, and won many awards. He was also a member of the Fitchburg Lodge of Elks. He enjoyed walking on the beach and had a fondness for Carousels. He had a special love for his grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

   His funeral will be held on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 10 a.m. from the Smith-Mallahy-Masciarelli Funeral Home, 243 Water Street, Fitchburg, MA with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 84 Salem St. Fitchburg, MA. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday June 9 from 4-7PM.  Burial will be at a later date in St. Bernard’s Cemetery.

   Flowers may be sent, or memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony of Padua memorial fund, 84 Salem St. Fitchburg, MA  01420 or the Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St, Boston, MA 02114 and may also be left at the Funeral Home.

John F. Masciarelli and James M. Hebert, Funeral Directors


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June 9, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Masciarelli Family Funeral Homes
243 Water Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420

Funeral Service
June 10, 2021

10:00 AM
Masciarelli Family Funeral Homes
243 Water Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420


Shriners Hospital for Children
1 Blossom Street, Boston MA 02114

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