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Joseph A. Federico


On January 7, 2022, Joseph Angelo Federico, 97, passed away at his home…surrounded by his loving family…in his favorite chair…just as he wanted. The song “My Way” comes to mind when looking back on the life…and death of a man who truly did just that.

He leaves behind two sisters, Virginia R. Federico of North Tonawanda, NY and Camille (Anthony) Steeb of Depew, NY, two beloved sons, Carmelo “Mel” (Sandra) of Springfield, and Paul (Susan) of Agawam, seven cherished grandchildren, David (Stephanie) of Agawam, Michael (Amy) of Endwell, NY, Corey (Megan) of Dover, PA, Casey (Caitlyn) of Suffield, CT, and Paul-Michael, Dina & Joseph Federico, and six adored great-grandchildren, Brayden, Alexi, Hunter, Declan, Harper & Luca.

Joe was predeceased by his beloved wife, Marie “Mary” (Serafino), daughter, Diane, parents Carmelo (Rose Coppola), brother, Frank, and three sisters & their husbands, Sara & Joseph Devaney, Rose & Jack Heinen, & Josephine & Salvatore Maiore.

Born in Depew, NY, Joe proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the U.S.S. PC791, attended Springfield College, and remained as a resident of the city, working as a Lieutenant with the City of Springfield’s Fire Department until his retirement thirty years later.

That was his job, but his passion, his true calling in life, was to serve as coach to hundreds of youths throughout his life. Whether it was his beginnings at the South End Community Center, The Boys & Girls Club, Palmer High School, Cathedral High School or countless tournaments. Joe’s philosophy never wavered; he worked tirelessly to give of his time, expertise, passion and life experiences to every single player that crossed his path. These were “Joe’s kids” no matter where they came from. He erased barriers because he didn’t see them. His hope for these young people was for them to hone their skills, learn about the game and how to be a teammate, but most importantly to work hard to get a good education so they would grow into men of character and carry with them, on their journey, strong life messages and warm memories of their time with him as family members.

Joe has been recognized and honored over the years by the South End Community Center, and as the first inductee into the Springfield Boys & Girls Club’s, “Reach for the Stars,” and awarded the Heroes Award by the Buoniconti Foundation.

If one can measure the success of a man by his accomplishments and kindnesses bestowed to others, then Joe Federico left us as the richest man in the world!

All services and burial, with full military honors, will be private at the request of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the South End Community Center, 99 Marble St., Springfield, MA 01105, or the Springfield Boys & Girls Club, 481 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.

Please visit www.TazziniFuneralHome.com for condolences.

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pattid289
Jan 19, 2022

Dear Paul and family,

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. May the Lord bring you peace. Your fond memories of your Dad will bring you much comfort.

Sincerely,

The Dombrowski Family

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franksmail
Jan 18, 2022

Sincere condolences to Mel & Sandy, Paul & Sue and both of their families. Too many great memories of "Uncle Joe" to state here. Wonderful memories of making wine in the basement, the St. Joseph's day parties, Joe's famous chicken ( and him cooking them at the beach), baseball practice, the boy's club on Saturdays and so many more. It was always a pleasure to speak with him as his wit and sense of humor were second only to his wisdom and compassion. He will be greatly missed.

Nephew and Godson Frank Serafino and family.

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bocce54
Jan 17, 2022

JOE WAS THE GREATEST PERSON ON EARTH---FOR THE KIDS THE BEST- MY BASEBALL COACH -HE DID SO MUCH FOR ALL THE KIDS IN SPRINGFIELD SOUTH END AND BEYOND... WITH PRINCIPLE FRED ZANETTI. THE BEST THE GREATEST YES HE ALWAYS SAID hicall.. KEVIN..... what....a BEAUTIFUL FAMILY.---boccebella.com thank you RICO DANIELE......


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Mario Pagnoni
Mario Pagnoni
Jan 17, 2022

To Mel & Paul and Family, Sorry for your loss! Joe was a great mentor to almost all the kids down the South End of Springfield including my husband Mario. Mario could never stop talking about him to our two Son's about his mentor Joe of Springfield when it came to Basketball and Baseball. Now they are in heaven talking Sports!

RIP Joe!

Carmela, James & Joseph Pagnoni

Methuen, MA

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kjo5285
Jan 17, 2022

I don't know where to start in recalling what Coach Joe meant to me. My first baseball coach when I was 5 years old up to my teenage years for the South End Community Center. Later on he became a mentor when I took the fire department classes with thoughts of becoming a Springfield fire fighter.


More than anything he was a friend and a hard-nosed teacher of life for many of us.

God Bless him and his sons Mel , Paul and families.

For many of us his favorite word he used was "hicall".


Kevin O'Leary

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