Joseph F. Rull, age 95, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at his daughter's home in Walpole, Massachusetts, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 10, 1926, he was the son of the late John E. and Sarah T. (Lacey) Rull. He was raised in South Boston, where he attended South Boston High School. As World War II came to America, Joe left high school and began working in the Hingham Shipyard, helping with the war effort. As the war continued to escalate, Joe enlisted in the United States Marine Corp, proudly serving his country in her time of need. He was stationed at the Balboa Canal Zone at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, where he earned the rank of Corporal. He was honorably discharged in May of 1946, returning to his hometown of South Boston.
Joe married his beloved wife, Beatrice Ann Beatty, on June 26, 1948, in the Gate of Heaven Church in South Boston. They made their home together in Dedham, and Joe took a position with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Corrections, working in the Charlestown Prison. After the prison was closed, Joe was reassigned to the Walpole Prison and in 1961, he moved his family to the small suburban town of Walpole. Thirteen years later, he and Beatrice made their home in Foxborough, Massachusetts, and Joe took a new position with the Department of Corrections, working as a transportation officer. He retired from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1981, after twenty-eight years of dedicated service. In his retirement, Joe kept busy, taking a position with Motorola in Mansfield, where he worked as a security officer for ten years.
Throughout his life, Joe loved music, regularly playing his ukulele and singing with the Foxborough Senior Center Chorus. He also enjoyed traveling, taking many cruises to Bermuda with his good friend, Charlie Curtis. Back at home, Joe tried his luck with Keno or with an occasional trip to Foxwoods in Connecticut. As a native of Southie, Joe was an avid Boston sports fan, who loved following the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox.
Beloved husband of the late Beatrice Ann (Beatty) Rull.
Loving father of Joseph M. Rull of Foxborough, Thomas E. Rull and his wife, Margie, of Waltham, Stephen F. Rull and his wife, Renee, of Medfield, Mary E. Cassidy and her husband, Michael, of Walpole, Maura M. Barrows and her husband, Peter, of Walpole, John P. Rull of South Boston, and Paula McAleer and her husband, Edward, of Attleboro.
Cherished grandfather of Colleen, Andrea, Kelly, Stephen, Peter, Matthew, Michelle, Daniel, Julia, Erin, Shaun, Adam, and Joseph; and great grandfather of Caitlin, Timothy, Ryan, Molly, Emma, Norah, Lacey, Matthew, Emily, Nathan, Amber, Ashlyn, Ava, and Cian.
Brother of Helen Evans of Quincy, Frances M. Preston of Medford, the late Mary A. Tinnell, the late Daniel J. Rull, the late John E. Rull, the late Cecelia Heiser, the late Edward T. Rull, and the late Dorothea M. Hines.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Joe's Life Celebration on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 4 to 7 PM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole.
All are welcome to gather in the funeral home on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 9:00 AM, prior to Joe's Mass of Christian Burial that will be celebrated in Saint Mary's Church, 58 Carpenter Street, Foxborough at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow in Saint Mary's Cemetery in Foxborough.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 800 West Cummings Park, Suite 3100, Woburn, MA 01801.