Joseph Monaco, Jr.
Joseph Monaco Jr, age 75, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at home after a long battle with COPD. Born on May 14, 1943, in Medford, he was a long-time resident of Groton before residing in Ayer in his later years. A graduate of Groton High School, he was known by the nickname of “Sleeper”. Joseph later became a tool and die maker and worked at Chandler Machining in Ayer until 1975. He retired as a Shop Supervisor from C&K Components in Newton in 2009.
He had a life-long love of cars and racing and owned about every car in the book. From corvettes and Porsche’s to MGB’s and a Model A. He was also active within the AA community and started the Groton Chapter. Additionally, he held several AA meetings at MCI Shirley. He was a sponsor to many and was always encouraging to those needing extra support at tough times in life. As a resident of Groton, he loved the town dearly and was the founder and administrator for the Facebook page, Close Friends of Groton. He devoted countless hours collecting photos and postcards of his beloved town, and enjoyed sharing them with all.
Joseph is survived by his brother Peter Monaco and his wife Bertha of Dunstable; his children: son, Todd Monaco of Littleton; daughters Nickie Monaco of Milford, NH, Katrina Monaco of Nashua, NH; Courtney Monaco of Dunstable; and Deirdre Kane of Athens, GA. Grandchildren Matthew Monaco, Andrew Monaco and Kathryn Monaco, all of Littleton.
As a lover of dogs, in-lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sterling Animal Shelter, 17 Laurelwood Road, Sterling, MA 01564 A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at The Groton Inn in the Prescott Room on Thursday, January 24 from 3-6 p m.