Joseph D Norris

  • Born: August 15, 1967
  • Died: October 18, 2017
  • Location: Danvers, Massachusetts

Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home

Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home
167 Maple Street, Danvers, MA 01923

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Tel. (978) 774-6600

Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

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DANVERS - The heartbroken family of Joseph D. Norris announces his passing on October 18, 2017. His parents, Dennis and Marie (Ruggeri) Norris of Danvers, along with Joe's younger sisters, Kathy and Kim Norris of Danvers know the love he had for his family, relatives and friends. Joe wanted to live, but his long battle with addiction triumphed. Triumphed over his decision-making, AA meetings, counseling classes, and CAB hospitalizations, but Joe's spirit and faith remained. There will always be a burning light in our hearts when remembering Joe.

Joe was a 1986 graduate of Danvers High School and attended the University of Lowell. Joe had many interests. He was a big and loyal fan of all the Boston sports teams, as well as college football games, fishing, and golf. He was co-captain of his high school golf team and played for the University of Lowell as a freshman. He also served in the Massachusetts National Guard.

Joe's work history was as extensive as his interests. He had experience cooking in area restaurants, painting, landscaping and tree work. The position he felt that he was making a difference was working with troubled boys to support them in gaining self-worth and confidence. It was a position that brought out Joe's intrinsic qualities of empathy and thoughtful respect for others. How ironic that Joe could help others, but struggled to help himself. Joe was always the go-to guy for the family, co-workers, friends, and neighbors. So many words come to mind when thinking of Joe- kind, polite and a gentleman. A new word has been added- peace. Joe's at peace and home with many of his predeceased relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents and sisters, Joe is survived by his Uncle Paul and his wife Pat Ruggeri of Rhode Island, his Uncle Socrates Vrattos of West Roxbury, his Aunt Joanne Ruggeri and her husband Steve Swallow of Alaska, his Aunt Mariellen Norris of Charlestown, his Uncle Brian Norris and his wife Betsy of Danvers, and his Aunt Sandra Ruggeri of Peabody. Joe is also survived by his cousins Chris, Alex and Christina Ruggeri. Loving grandson of the late Frank and Mary (Carnevale) Ruggeri of Beverly and the late Joseph and Alyce (Dylengowski) of Salem. Loving nephew of his predeceased dear aunts and uncle: Linda Norris, Susan Vrattos, and John Ruggeri.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held from the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (rte 62) Danvers, Friday, Oct. 27th at 9:15 A.M. followed by his funeral Mass in St. Richard Church, Forest St., Danvers, at 10 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in North Beverly Cemetery, Beverly. Visiting hours Thursday, October 26th from 3 to 7 P.M. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Joseph's memory to CAB (Center of Addictive Behavior), 111 Middleton Road, Danvers, MA 01923. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com


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We are so sorry to hear about your son, Joe's recent death. I can only imagine the void you both must feel. We hope that the good memories of Joe will be a comfort to you while you grieve this loss. We will hold him, and your family, in our hearts as you mourn his passing. -Andrea, Gene, Scott & Jill

Posted by Andrea Czarnik - Saginaw, MI - Friend   November 05, 2017

Kathy, I have had you and your family in my thoughts since I heard. All situations are different but I understand the heart ache you feel, that I promise never goes away, stand tall and strong with Kim. I am always here if you need me anytime. Your friend- Jacque.

Posted by Jacquelyn Picariello - Beverly, MA - Family Friend   November 05, 2017

I'm so sorry to hear of Joes passing, my path and his crossed many times , he was a good person suffering from an awful disease. He fought bravely.

Posted by Jeffrey Taffe - Beverly - friend   November 05, 2017

Joe you were always an awesome, generous, and hilarious person. I am saddened by your passing. Rest easy!

Posted by Marco Martinez - Beverly, MA - acquaintance   October 31, 2017

Joe has help me in so many way along our journey.
He is truly missed. I've lost such a good friend.
My condolences to his family.

Posted by Diann Moustakis - Danvers, MA - Friend   October 26, 2017

Dennis, My deepest condolences for your loss.

Posted by Richard Deforge - Moultonborough, NH - Friend   October 26, 2017

Mr & Mrs Norris Kathy and Kim... I am deeply saddened to here of the passing of Joey. It brought tears to my eyes. He was often thought about out here in California. In fact I was just thinking of OF less than a week ago. Him and I have had some great memories for which I will never forget. You all are in my prayers. Love Matt

Posted by Mat Brett - Elk Grove, CA - Family Friend   October 24, 2017

I remember Joe as a kind and good person, so sad to hear of his passing from a truly awful disease. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends.

Posted by Todd Irving - Classmate   October 24, 2017

I was heartbroken to hear of Joe's passing, we went to high school together and were in the same homeroom! I have nothing but happy memories of him everyday. He was always a wonderful, sincere person offering a smile and a kind words. He will be deeply missed. You will all be in my prayers.

Posted by Cheryl Nunes - Danvers, MA - Classmate   October 24, 2017

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will miss you always,all my love noreen

Posted by noreen henderson - salem, MA - Friend   October 24, 2017

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I am so very sorry for your loss.he was a good man and I will miss him very much

Posted by noreen henderson - salem, MD - Friend   October 24, 2017

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My deepest condolences to Joes family and close friends. I've known Joe for quite some time and was grateful to call him a friend. He will be missed by many and he will never be forgotten

Posted by Debi Mitchell - Peabody, MA - Friend   October 24, 2017

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I am truly sorry for the passing of one of the best people i ever had the pleasure and privilege of knowing. You and your family have been so good to my daughter and me. I will always hold a place in my heart for you, Joe. May you rest easy. I will love you forever.

Posted by Joan Rossi - Beverly, MA - Significant Other   October 24, 2017

Kim and Kathy, my deepest condolences to you and the rest of the Norris family.

Posted by Eric Wormstead Jr - Bradford, MA - Friend   October 24, 2017

U will be missed

Posted by Daniel Keohane - Danvers, MA - Friend   October 24, 2017

❤ Heartfelt sympathy to Joe's family and close friends. He had a genuine hearty smile that will Always be remembered. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Kerri Sullivan - Rowley, MA - Family Friend   October 24, 2017

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I knew Joe From kindergarten to high School. He was always full of life! I pray for peace for all of you !

Posted by SUSAN GRENIER - DANVERS, MA - Classmate   October 24, 2017

my memories of Joe will help me stay clean and sober. sincere condolences to all of you. great photo.
love to you all, Jim Nation

Posted by james nation - newburyport, MA - Friend   October 24, 2017

Sorry for your loss. Joe was a friend throughout life especially back in the High school years we had a blast. Joe was so kind hearted and was usually smiling and enjoying life and friends. I will miss him and I send my best to you all. God bless your family.

Posted by Dan Clark - Danvers, MA - Classmate   October 24, 2017

Dear Dennis and Family:

We sadly send our sympathy and condolence on the occasion of Joseph's passing. We share the grief you must be suffering and pray the comfort of The Lord will help you through this sad and difficult time.

Rylance, Twyla, and Matthew Lord (Springfield, Ohio)
Jessica Lord Murachanian and Family (Kettering, Ohio)

Posted by Ry, Twyla, Matt Lord - Springfield, OH - Friend   October 23, 2017

I am sorry to the Norris family for your huge loss of Joe. Joe was so nice and kind, always had a smile on his face. I remember knocking at your door for Kim as I graduated and hung out with her for a bit. You were always so sweet and protective of your sisters. God Bless your parents, Kathy, Kim and all of the Norris family. RIP buddy. suffering no longer

Posted by Nichole Gordon - Bradford, MA - Friend   October 23, 2017

really good guy, he tried but couldn't shake it... I spent considerable time with him this summer, mainly smoking a stogie on the sidewalk downtown or buying something from him he scored on a cleanout. He never had a negative disposition when I'd see him. Will genuinely miss this guy. RIP Joe

Posted by Eric Y - danvers, MA - Friend   October 23, 2017

My condolences to the Norris family. I went to high school with Joe and have many happy memories of him. So sad to hear this.

Posted by Kenny Walsh - Groveland, MA - Classmate   October 23, 2017

Our hearts go out to Marie, Dennis, Kim and Kathy on the loss of your beloved Joe. May you hold his memory close to your hearts during this time of sorrow and loss. May you be comforted many friends and family during this time. Rest in peace, Joe. In sympathy and friendship. Bernadette and Barry Wilkinson

Posted by Bernadette Wilkinson - Saugus, MA - Friend   October 23, 2017

It's hard to fathom that joey has left us, he always had a ready smile and was easy company to be with . Joey would come up to new Hampshire to stay for a few days play the odd round of golf or sit on the back porch and watch the world go by, Pearl our lab took to joey right off the bat who followed him around looking for the odd treat or curled up next to him while he slept or watched videos late into the night. Kind and polite and always willing to help out joey will be missed by all ,catch you on the back nine my friend. steve, joanne and pearl

Posted by steve swallow - Palmer, AK - Family   October 23, 2017

I'm sorry for your loss Kathy. I offer my condolences to you and your family. Joe was a great guy who will be missed by many.

Posted by Jay Parisien - Salisbury, MA - Friend   October 23, 2017

To the Norris family my deepest condolences. Joe was always so friendly and polite. And would have help any one however he could. May you find comfort know he is at peace and in God's loving arms

Posted by Ann & John Carlin - Danvers, MA - Friend   October 23, 2017


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It's hard to fathom that joey has left us, he always had a ready smile and was easy company to be with . Joey would come up to new Hampshire to stay for a few days play the odd round of golf or sit on the back porch and watch the world go by, Pearl our lab took to joey right off the bat who followed him around looking for the odd treat or curled up next to him while he slept or watched videos late into the night. Kind and polite and always willing to help out joey will be missed by all ,catch you on the back nine my friend. steve, joanne and pearl