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Joseph Saraiva Sr.

December 22, 1932 - April 12, 2022 

Mr. Joseph Saraiva, Sr., a long-time resident of Somerville passed away peacefully in his home of over 60 years at the age of 89. Born in Cambridge to Portuguese immigrants during the Great Depression, Joseph turned what could have been a life of deprivation to one of strength, hard work and love of family. His spirit of lending a helping hand to all that knew him came from his humble beginnings at an early age. Known to his friends as “Butch” in Cambridge and later as “Joe Soap” as the proprietor of Joseph Products Company, along with his growing family, his true entrepreneurial mind was never at rest.

Joseph is predeceased by his devoted wife, Lois Marilyn Saraiva (Tribou) of nearly 50 years, his parents Joseph and Mary (Pacheco) Saraiva, and beloved brother of the late

Beatrice (Saraiva) Juskiewicz and William Saraiva. Loving father of six children, Joseph Saraiva, III and his late wife Elizabeth of Somerville, Diane Mattera and her husband Vincent of Somerville, Robert Saraiva of Littleton, David Saraiva and his wife Helen of Malden, James Saraiva and his wife Melissa of Swampscott and Philip Saraiva and his wife Cynthia of East Bridgewater; by his beloved grandchildren Michael Mattera and his wife Holly, Melinda Breen and her late husband Daniel, Robert, Jr., Holly, Christopher, David, Jr., Chynna, Jared, Ryan, Casey Riley, Amanda, Philip, Jr., Ethan; and great grandchildren Christian, Bailey & Ambria Breen & Kiera Mattera. Also loving “Uncle, Jr.” of many nieces & nephews as close as his own, and many other loving extended family & friends that have become family.

Funeral from the Rogers Funeral Home, 380 Cambridge Street in Cambridge on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 10:00 am. Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church, 400 Cardinal Medeiros Ave. in Cambridge at 11:00 am. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Monday, April 18, 2022, from 4 to 7:00 pm.

Interment will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Winchester.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan St., Ste B-102, Danvers, MA 01923, or CareDimensions.org/Donate

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# Anthony Accardi 2022-04-15 09:31
David and Helen and family, on behalf of your friends from Somerville High's Class of 1981, we are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,
Anthony Accardi - Somerville High Class of 1981.
# Wayne lee 2022-04-15 16:48
Many memories of the younger years up until his passing, kind, generous, loyal, his love for his family and cousins, Cousin Jr. will always be in my heart, soul & mind, you will be missed
# Ann Marie Federico 2022-04-18 18:11
I will think of him when I hear AM radio. I will look for him in a beach chair with the newspaper under an umbrella with a coffee on Long Shores. I miss Christmas shopping at his warehouse on Joy Street and with his best friend Bobby. Going to dinner at the whale restaurant in Portsmouth. An Italian mystery sauce which always fed everyone. Linguica and eggs. Grilling just about everything. Beauty days with Lois and he always gave me extra so we could go to lunch and get our nails done. Going to York and Curtis Street with Cyn and having everyone always there. So many of us kids now adults profoundly touched by this man. Ralph Champa and Joe Monahan, Christmas parties at Bulfinch Square that Joe Soap provided all the essentials. And the best memories of all was how wonderful of a grandfather he was and how present he was in Ryan's life. My prayers and blessings to the entire Saraiva family with more love and memories than I could ever write.
# Paul Ferreira 2022-04-19 06:29
My condolences to the Family, and all loved ones. Mr. Saraiva, was indeed a wonderful and unique person, that was respected and loved by many. May he rest in peace, and may the Family and all loved ones find the strength, comfort, and courage at this very difficult time. Rest in Peace Mr. Saraiva.
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