Joseph Lavoie

Obituary of Joseph Lavoie

Joseph Lavoie, 84, of Newport, RI passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.  He was the husband of Mary Lavoie.

Joe served in The United States Army from 1951 to 1953 and was a Korean War Veteran. Due to an injury he sustained in Korea, he was honorably discharged as Private first class.  He moved to Newport after his discharge and found employment as a mechanic at Barry Pontiac, a fisherman, lobsterman, and finally at Gold’s Auto Salvage. He officially retired from Gold’s in 1998 after 40 plus years, but spent many years after at the shop, visiting & helping. 

He met his wife, Mary, shortly after his arrival in Newport and married her on April 28th, 1956. 

Joe was well known by the community for his altruism. He would regularly donate vehicles from Gold’s Auto for the Aquidneck Island firemen to practice life saving techniques. He was presented a community award in 1992 for his continued support of our local fire departments. 

Joe had a number of hobbies, including woodworking and fishing.  He was an avid bowler and camper in his younger years. He would spend hours in his shop at home constructing furniture of all kinds, birdhouses and anything else that he thought would be of use to someone else. Easton’s pond was his all-time favorite fishing spot and he could be found there most days, rain or shine. Joe loved starting conversations with people, friend or stranger, and was known for telling remarkable stories of his experiences throughout his life.

Joe is survived by his wife, Mary Lavoie of Newport, his daughter and son in law, Elizabeth and Charles Laurin of Middletown, his grandsons, Adam and Joseph of Middletown, his great grandchildren, Shea, Finnegan, Lilly, Mary and Dominic, along with numerous nieces and nephews spread all over the country.

Graveside committal service with Military Honors will be held Friday, September 15, 2017 at Newport Memorial Park, Howland Avenue, Middletown at 11 am.

Memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America by visiting