Joseph F. Carlevale, Jr.

Joseph F. Carlevale, Jr., of Ipswich, MA passed away July 11, at the age of 59 after a short and courageous battle with cancer. Devoted to his family, community, and the game of hockey, Joe was the ‘salt of the earth’ – a caring, honorable man with a love for life.

After skating in the first Junior Hockey League formed in Massachusetts, with the Weymouth Conquistadors, Joe was drafted at the age of 16 by the Sherbrook Castors in Canada. He became one of only a few US-born players to be selected to play Major Junior Hockey in Canada. His performance on the ice saw him play in a Memorial Cup Championship and participate in the International World Junior Hockey Tournament, in Finland.

In Canada, Joe was recognized throughout the league as a rugged player, yet he was beloved by teammates for his fierce loyalty and ability to protect and defend them. This reputation resulted in a mid-season trade to the Laval National, where he was called upon to protect a future NHL Hall-of-Famer, Mike Bossy.

When Joe’s professional hockey career concluded with the NHL Atlanta Flames, his passion for the game found a new home at Newburyport’s Graf Rink where he played his last game with his cherished hockey pals. Known as “coach” to many including his daughters and grandchildren, Joe took pride in volunteering and ‘giving back’ to the game that gave him so much joy. Joe was a true New England sports fan and loved catching a Bruins, Red Sox or Patriots game.

Joe loved the outdoors- kayaking, biking, digging clams, golfing, snowshoeing, mowing a perfect lawn, and especially the ocean at Crane’s Beach. He appreciated the fine arts, cooking Italian raviolis from scratch, a good brunch, and reading history. Above all, Joe was truly a family man who took pride in his beloved daughters and wife.

Joe was a successful Sales Manager for nearly 20 years at Atlantic Semiconductor where he cultivated relationships with people from all over the country. Honest, reliable, and a great sense of humor, Joe never backed down from a challenge, and was truly a man of his word.

Born October 4, 1957, in Boston, MA, Joe was the beloved husband of 33 years to Jeanette Bullock Carlevale. Devoted father of Michelle Hayhurst, Jacqueline Carlevale, and Rachael Carlevale. Father-in-law of Brian Hayhurst, Jordon Feider and Mathieu Davenport. Loving Papa Joey of Colton and Ella Hayhurst. Son of Joseph and Joyce Carlevale of Randolph, he is also survived by his sister Linda Carlevale and brother Steven Carlevale, and predeceased by his sister Lisa Carlevale.

Friends and family are invited to attend the Funeral Service on July 22, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 124 River Road, in Topsfield MA at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, and in celebration of Joe’s life, donations may be made in his memory to the “Joe Carlevale, Jr. Hockey Scholarship Fund”, and mailed to Michelle Hayhurst at 1 Dennison Court, Georgetown, MA 01833.

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  1. Erine (Clark) Libby on July 18, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Love and light to everyone. I remember him routing on our softball team when we were little. My heart breaks for all that knew and loved him.

  2. Beth Crowley on July 18, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    This Obituary is such a lovely tribute to a beautiful man. Quite sure he is smiling down upon you all with great pride.

  3. Mike, Ryan and Lindsey Dolaher on July 18, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Joe will be missed.

    Love –

    Mike, Ryan and Lindsey Dolaher

  4. Susan and Michael Mundy on July 18, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    What a lovely tribute. He sounds like a wonderful man. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  5. Ron & Cyndi Alleruzzo on July 18, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    We send our heart felt thoughts and prayers to your family. The loss of Joe has left a huge void in so many lives. He was an incredible man who touched all who knew him. We can only hope to fill this void with the fond memories that only Joe could provide.

  6. Gary and Jeannette Flynn on July 18, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Jeannette and family we are so sorry over the loss of Joe, our prayers are with you

  7. Tom & Nancy Woodworth on July 18, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Joe was a wonderful person. He will be greatly missed.

  8. Jimmy and Abby Broughton on July 18, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Michelle, Brian, Colton, Ella and family….. We are so very sorry about your dad and papa. Its very sad and we can only hope your wonderful memories will give you strength. No daughter should ever have to lose her dad. We just met Joe this season and it was so exciting to have a professional on the ice with my daughter Emily we felt so lucky! Not to mention just how nice he was. I think I asked him too many questions each time I saw him but he listened. You and your family are in our thoughts.

  9. Phil & Kathy Bateman on July 18, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Sending all our prayers for strength to you, Jeanette, the girls & your wonderful grandchildren. May you feel blessed for all the memories Joe
    created with every member of your family, his lifelong fellow hockey players, his teams he coached as well as all his work colleagues. All our love & thoughts, Phil & Kathy Bateman

  10. Brian Nelson on July 18, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    I had the pleasure of playing hockey with Joe for several years. Joe was to me, “pure hockey”. If you were open, he’d put the puck on your stick. He called it teamwork and the way the game should be played. That’s the way he lived off the ice as well. A great friend, always had a story to tell that would be a smile on your face. His zest for life not only demonstrated on the ice, but off the ice with his love of family & friends.

  11. Paul Casano on July 19, 2017 at 2:50 am

    I wish I had the chance to hug my friend and tell him what he meant to all of us, that he touched if life. God speed Joe, hit the 5 hole on the way up to heaven. Linda and family, we will keep Joe always in our hearts.

  12. Bill Linskey on July 19, 2017 at 3:44 am

    To all of Joe’s family, I am really sorry to hear of his passing. Joe was the best. Being a hockey guy from Randolph and a few years younger, I always looked up to Joe. Living on the North Shore now, it was always great running in to him. He always put a big smile on my face. If I got to skate with him, that was a bonus. I never really heard Joe talk about his hockey career, but he didn’t have to. Anyone who had skated with him did all the talking for him. Getting as far as he did and being American born in the late 70’s early 80’s shows just how talented (and tough) he was. Just an all around great guy who will be truly missed.

  13. Debbie Bono on July 19, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Not sure if it’s still a silly thing, but when I used to sleep over when Joe wasn’t home I would go down stairs and smell his pillow!!!!!!!! I’m so sorry for your loss xoxo I can’t say anything to make your pain go away but I love all of you so much and I’m here for you anytime anywhere anyhour love you Linda Steven mrs c and mr c my heart and prayers are with you always xoxo

  14. Paul Pinheiro on July 19, 2017 at 1:46 pm



  15. Walter Zagrobski on July 19, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Remembering all the good times spent together in our beloved Town of Ipswich – GALS Softball with the “Power Puffs”, Saturday morning tennis , Over-30 Softball and all that spirited conversation about family, sports and politics. God bless you Joe, we’ll miss you, and God bless your wonderful family.

    Love from all to all,

    Walt, Vee, Alyssa and Heather

  16. Mary Butt on July 19, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    So sad that we have lost you! For the short time I worked with Joe, he was nothing but cheerful & a pleasure to know. I could always talk sports or politics with a friendly face. Your family and the rest of us were so blessed to have had you in our lives, no matter how short the time.

  17. Lou Modini on July 19, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    our though and prayers are with Joe and his family .
    He was such a great guy .Our conversations ether
    at the rink on Sunday nights or at MAC were his love of his family
    or the game of hockey . we will truly miss him .

  18. Ken & Ann Marie Hook on July 19, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    We are so very sorry for your loss.
    We had good times with Joe on Sunday night hockey.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  19. Joe Gajewski on July 19, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Jeanette & family, I’m sorry to hear of your loss. I’m very fortunate to have met Joe and be a softball team-mate for just a few short years. He was a great one, always full of encouragement, inspiration and just a great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  20. Cathy (Breen) Cestaro on July 21, 2017 at 3:17 am

    To you Joe, my dear old friend, I will always cherish my memories of winters in Sherbrooke and summers in Randolph. We had some good fun and lots of laughs. I wish I had had the chance to say hello to the adult Joe and his family, unfortunately I did not. Young Joe will always hold a special place in my heart. Rest well my friend. xo

    To Joe’s family, may your memories and Joe’s love for you help you though this sad time, you are all in my prayers.

  21. John Hooker on July 21, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    The deepest condolences to Jeanette and the family. Joe left a lasting I mpression on me with his good natured, old fashioned friendliness – very rarely found in people in recent times. I was simply an acquaintance who would see Joe in person annually with an occasional mid year phone call over the past 10+ years. Despite the infrequency of our contact I felt I had known Joe his entire life, knew many details of how proud he was of his girls, and felt he was a close friend. I will miss seeing him and will always remember he was one of the few “very Good Guys”.

  22. Zoe Helene and Chris Kilham on July 21, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    We are so, so sorry to hear this sad news. We know that this was sudden and fast, and such a heartbreak for your lovely family. We are with you in spirit and would be there if we could. Sending love and strength your way.

  23. Donna Zirngiebel Muller on July 21, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire
    Carlevale Family..wishing you all Comfort and Peace❤ Joe was a wonderful guy with a great smile..which is how I will remember him best..Godspeed Joe..hugs to you and Lisa in Heaven?Love Donna

  24. Jacob Burns on July 22, 2017 at 11:50 am

    While I did not know Joe, I can see the tremendous impact he had on Colton and Ella. My thoughts go out to the Hayhurst family and of course the rest of Joe’s family. Loss is never easy but I hope that Joe’s children and grandchildren know that only Joe’s physical shell is gone, his amazing soul is still with them. Our loved ones never really leave us entirely. I hope that the Hayhurst family knows they have a huge support system at Ella and Colton’s camp: Tree Top Summer Camp. We love them both and we hear for you all.

  25. MJ Caselden on July 22, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I’m sure Joe was so happy to be with his family, how everyone came together for him. Love and prayers for you all in this challenging transition.

  26. Monique Tyminski on July 28, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Thinking of your family and wishing you peace and strength during this difficult time.
    It was an honor to have met Joe he left such a nice impression on our family.

  27. The Hiselmans on November 22, 2017 at 8:49 am

    We are just hearing about Joe’s passing and send our heartfelt sorrow to his amazing family.

    We have such wonderful memories of our time in Ipswich as his neighbors. He was such an awesome guy with a big heart. He made us laugh with his quick insights about life and was so much fun to be around. Man, what a loss and we consider ourselves the lucky ones for knowing him when.

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