NEWCOMB, Joseph H. – Joe Newcomb of Nashua passed away peacefully on May 5, 2022 with his beloved wife Christina (Palese) (Cegalis) Newcomb by his side. A good friend to all, he will be greatly missed and remembered with love.
Joe was born in Quincy Massachusetts on June 8, 1931 as the youngest of three sons of Joseph and Lillian (Frederickson) Newcomb. Lil would often comment on losing a batch of beer she was brewing when she went to work with Joe. When Joe Sr. died in a boating accident when Joe was one year old, Lil raised the three boys, Richard, Ken and Joe in Auburndale. They all made friends that lasted a lifetime and they would tell stories of their teenage antics in rail yards and Norumbega Park.
Joe served in the United States Navy and Naval Reserve during the Korean conflict, serving two tours of duty as an electrical firefighter aboard the destroyer USS Owens. Joe was extremely proud of his naval service and attended ship meetings well into his 70s and was usually seen wearing his USS Owens hat. Following his honorable discharge, Joe worked at Raytheon for nearly forty years; started as an electrician and was a shop steward before being promoted to foreman. Joe liked to prank his co-workers, earning him the nickname Sneaky.
Joe and his first wife, the late Ann Elizabeth (Shea) Newcomb, started their family in Waltham, before settling in Chelmsford where they raised four children, Jim, Dan, Jo-Ann and Tom. Every year Joe did a new project on the house and they loved having fun there. regularly organizing barbecues, end-of-year parties and bridge evenings. Later, Joe and Ann moved to Nashua where Joe finally retired and started new chapters in his life.
Staying fit and active was very important to Joe, and in 1998 he noticed a woman who regularly swam in the same pool as him. Joe and Christina quickly became inseparable, fell deeply in love, and began what they both called the best part of their lives. They loved to travel, especially to Wolfeboro and Myrtle Beach where they swam and took long walks on the beach.
Joe has often said that when he retired he had no grandchildren, but he eventually had five, Andrew, Emily, Jack, Jeremy and Emma. One of the saddest moments in Joe’s life was the loss of his son Dan to cancer in 2004. Besides Christina, his children and grandchildren, Joe is survived by his brother Ken.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25 at Grace Lutheran Church in Nashua. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to Grace Lutheran Church in Joe’s memory.
He was cremated at Phaneuf Funeral Home in Manchester; 603-625-5777.