Watertown Firefighter Joseph Toscano’s life will be celebrated at a Funeral Mass at a church just blocks from the fire station where he spent most of his career.
Toscano’s funeral will be held on Wednesday, March 22 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 212 Main St. in Watertown. Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Tuesday, March 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 211 N. Main St. in Randolph from 4 to 8 p.m., according to Cartwright Funeral Home in Randolph.
Raised in Massapequa, Long Island, N.Y., the 54-year-old Randolph resident worked for the Watertown Fire Department for 20 years. He died Friday after collapsing while working an active fire in East Watertown.
“Joe’s life in Randolph, MA revolved around his family, his wife of 25 years, Maureen (McCarthy), and his five children, Alyssa, Patrick, Mary Cate, William and Michael,” the obituary on Cartwright Funeral Homes website said.
Toscano is also survived by his brothers John Toscano and his wife Del of Suffolk, Va., Tom Toscano and his wife Deb of Locust Grove, Va., and Gary Toscano and his wife Gail of East Stroudsburg, Pa., according to the obituary. Joe is also survived by his mother-in-law Barbara O’Keefe, many loving nieces, nephews and a large extended family who adored their Joey T. Joe was predeceased by his parents, John and Mildred.
A fund has been established to assist the Toscano Family. Make checks payable to Watertown Firefighters Relief Association attention Toscano Family, 99 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02742.
St. Patrick’s was also the location of the Funeral Mass for Boston Fire Lt. Ed Walsh, a Watertown native, who died in a Back Bay fire in March 2014. The streets of Watertown Square shut down for thousands of firefighters from around the country to come pay their respects.
Main Street in Watertown Square will be closed Wednesday morning. Find out more information here.