Joseph Bleakney

Joseph E. "Joe" Bleakney

Thursday February 14, 1957 - Saturday August 8, 2020
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Joseph E. Bleakney passed away peacefully at the Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI, on August 8, 2020, after a brief illness. Joe was born and raised in Framingham, one of four children to Charles W. and Rosemary Y. (Grant) Bleakney, Jr. He was a graduate of the J.P. Keefe Voc. Tech. H.S. and worked over 25 years at Air Products prior to being employed as a fiber optics and telecommunications project manager with XO Communications.

With a way of spontaneously embarking on an adventure or stopping by to visit, family and friends alike could count on Joe to bring laughter and joy to those he loved; he most definitely was the life of the party. He enjoyed traveling and was an avid fisherman who would challenge himself to participate in as many derbies as he could. Most dear to Joe was his beloved children, Jillian and Adrian. His family recalls the dance Joe performed in the hospital room at the time of their births; his world revolved around them.

Joe is survived by his mother Rosemary of Northborough; his daughter Jillian E. Bleakney and her fiancé Patrick Brustas of Dracut; his son Adrian J. Bleakney of Los Angeles, CA; two brothers, Charles W. Bleakney III and his wife Pamela of Northborough and Edward Bleakney of CT, and a sister, Yvonne Bleakney. He also leaves his godson Chad Bleakney and his wife Tovah and their three sons, Charlie, Tanner and Bowie, all of Northborough. He also leaves his girlfriend, Cynthia Robert of Rhode Island.

Joe will be laid to rest privately alongside his father in Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton. There are no public services planned at this time. Please consider making a memorial donation in Joe’s memory to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the care of Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main Street, Northborough. To leave a condolence, please visit
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Kent Howard

Posted at 07:58pm
Joe and I were close in the 70's and early 80's. So many stories, the midnight runs to Boston in his Caddy, going out with the crew on Parkers Island, the Laconia runs, hanging out at A&M dragway, he and I putting my Buick on it's side, cruising in his 63 Nova with a shoestring for a throttle,no nut on the steering wheel. We'd be driving along and he'd pull the wheel off and say"here, You drive!" The days and nights at the Picadilly Pub , then off to the Driftwood. The Franklin girls. The Honalulu and the Jade, eating and playing pacman. The demo derbys in Iandolis parking lot with our $50 cars, the camping trip to Maine with Pat Bagwells van. Staying out all night then going to work and doing it again the next night...So many laughs and crazy times, Joe had more lives than a cat. I wouldn't trade our young lives in Westboro for anything, I'm glad for the times I spent with Joe, he was a great friend. I'll miss you Buddy...till we meet again...Kent.

Donna Savary

Posted at 04:14pm
Several memories to share....the Tiki Hut in Westford sharing drinks by the water, a Red Sox game on a hot summer day, your birthday dinner and the infamous soap on a rope. You always made me laugh. Glad I got to spend the time with you that I did. I still can't believe you are no longer with us.

Posted at 08:05am
My sincere condolences on your loss. No doubt Joey’s spirit can be found in his car with the top down cruising to oldies playing on the radio. We took a 7 hour “spin” one day, covered 4 states, and had a blast catching up. I’ll miss his kind heart always. Karee Hagan

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