Joseph M. Salemme

  • Born: April 5, 1950
  • Died: March 17, 2021
  • Location: Wilmington, Massachusetts

McDonald Funeral Home

19 Yale Avenue
Wakefield, MA 01880
Tel. (781) 334-9966

Tribute & Message From The Family

Joseph M. Salemme, Retired Lt. Somerville Firefighter, Age 70. Of Wilmington formerly of Melrose died on Thursday, March 17.

Joe was born in Somerville on April 5, 1950, he was the son of the late Salvatore Salemme and Thelma (Haley) Salemme.

Joe was raised and educated in Somerville and was a graduate of St. Clements High School, Class of 1968. He retired from the Somerville Firefighter Department in 2006 and was the owner of Matton Security Systems. Joe enjoyed traveling, spending time with family and watching his grandchildren grow up.

Joe was the loving father of Kristin Aborn and her husband Jeff of Reading and Jeffrey Salemme and his wife Mariana of Pompano Beach, FL. He was the devoted companion of Carol Philbrick of Wilmington and her children; Meagan Nichols and husband Matt of CA and Daniel Philbrick of Stoneham. Joe was the cherished grandfather "Meme" of Haley, Jack, Sarah, Will, Sam, Liam and Faye. He was the brother of Thomas Salemme and his wife Nancy of North Reading, Joan Stinson and her husband Mark of Wakefield, John Salemme and his companion Terry of Stoneham, Philip Salemme and his wife Nicole of Winchester and the late Patricia Walker.

Funeral Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, P.O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or to the A Living Tribute, 500 West Putnam Avenue, Suite 400 Greenwich, Connecticut 06830.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I was shocked and saddened to hear the news about Joe's passing through the note to Matton Security customers. I always enjoyed chatting with Joe when he came to help me out with my alarm system. He had a warm, kind, generous spirit. He was the kind of person that went out of his way to help out, but acted like it was no trouble at all. Wishing your entire family strength and comfort during this very sad time.

Posted by Lyn Shamban - Arlington, MA - Acquaintance   April 08, 2021

I am so sad to hear about Joe's passing. He was one of my favorite regulars at Capellini's. I was always so happy when him and Carol walked through the door to surprise me! I am really going to miss him! My sincere condolences to Carol and the rest of his family❤

Posted by Kerri DeSisto - Friend   April 07, 2021

So very sorry for your loss . I only met with Joe two times when I was getting ready to move into Pat's place in Methuen. He was without a doubt one of the kindest and sincerest person I have had the privilege to meet. So sad to lose 2 family members in such a short time.

With kindest regards,
Deborah Roberto McDonald

Posted by DEBORAH ROBERTO MCDONALD - Acquaintance   April 02, 2021

Thank you to Matton Security for the note and beautiful photo of Joe. I am so sorry to hear the news! Joe installed the alarm system in my Melrose home back in 2003 and in my Quincy home in 2012. He was always willing to take a trip to the South Shore to help me out! I loved having an excuse to chat with him on the phone and in fact just spoke to him a couple of months ago. He cared deeply for his family and was proud of his business. I will remain a loyal customer in his honor! My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and friends. Sincerely, Maria Guerra

Posted by Maria Guerra - Quincy, MA - Acquaintance   April 02, 2021

A great guy who always a happy go lucky attitude

Posted by Reuben Innis - Friend   March 31, 2021

Mr. Salemme,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your years of dedicated service and sacrifice for the citizens of Somerville when you served with the SFD. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Posted by Mike Casey    March 28, 2021

Jeff, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad.. We lost Mr. D. in October and I know the grief. Hope you are doing well and don't let your memories go...

Posted by Jane Dargan - Friend   March 28, 2021

Sending our deepest condolences to the entire Salemme family. Joe was an awesome guy. So many fun hockey memories when our boys were growing up in Melrose. Kathy and Ron DelRossi

Posted by Kathy DelRossi - Atkinson, NH - Family Friend   March 27, 2021

I'm sorry to hear this news Jeff. Condolences to you and your family.

Posted by Bill Stare, MFD - Melrose, MA - Coworker   March 26, 2021

I had the pleasure of coaching soccer with Joe at MHS. He was simply one of the nicest guys. Sending love and prayers.

Posted by Friend - Acquaintance   March 25, 2021

You were the best at all you did for us.

Posted by Jack and Lesley boyle - Acquaintance   March 25, 2021

our deepest condolances to the selemme family
skip & jane haley & family

Posted by DAVID HALEY - TEWKSBURY, MA - Family   March 25, 2021

Joe was a true gentleman He would do anything you would ask him, He was a Firefighter, electrician, and a jack of all trades. He was good what ever he did our condolences to the Salemme family till we meet again.

Posted by MaryAnn & Mark Wall - medford, MA - Friend   March 25, 2021

Please accept the condolences of my family.
Thanks for your service Joe.
RIP Pal.

Posted by larry Conti - Somerville, MA - Acquaintance   March 24, 2021

Our sincere and heart felt prayers go to you, Kris and Jeff, and Jeffery and Mariana. All our love. Kenny and Sue, Julie, Laurie and Alison and families.

Posted by Susan and Ken Meharg - Melrose, MA - Family Friend   March 23, 2021

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