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Joseph “Joe” E. Comeau, 80, of Andover, Mass., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Joe was born on August 30, 1936, on Juliette Street in Andover to Joseph P. and Marguerite (Goguen) Comeau of New Bruswick, Canada. Joe loved his mother, Marguerite, and was proud of his French Canadian heritage.
Joe graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1956, where he won the title “best looking” in his class superlatives, an accomplishment he would often joke about. After a few years at business prep school in Boston, he earned his associates degree. Joe then became a sergeant in the U.S. military and was stationed in France due to his knowledge of the language. Following his career in the military, he became a systems analyst at Raytheon, where he met his wife, Joan Comeau, and later worked at Afco. Years later, Joe turned a hobby into a business when he opened a stained glass store in downtown Andover, Mass., called “The Tiffany Lamp Shop,” where he sold handmade stained glass windows and lamps. Joe took his entrepreneurship further in 1991 when he founded Optimum Sportswear with his son-in-law, Paul Farnham and his son, Peter Comeau.
Joe Comeau was loved by everyone who knew him. He was the life of every party he went to and a known figure in the town of Andover. Joe Comeau, known lovingly as “Papa” to his grandchildren and “Twai” by his friends, was a dedicated father and grandfather, dedicated to his family, his family-owned company, and his town. Joe Comeau’s was the face at every Andover athletic competition. He was the proud father and grandfather of many athletes and, if he could help it, he rarely miss a single track meet, whether it was at Andover High School or Reggie Lewis Track, football game, PA cross country meet, hockey or baseball game. He was a former president of the Andover Football Boosters and was always willing to give expertise on the concessions. Joe Comeau was every one of his children and grandchildren’s biggest fan.
Joe’s corny jokes and relentless optimism will never cease to make everyone smile at their memories with him. Joe played the spoons and quoted "Saturday Night Live" like no one else. He was the kind of grandfather who slipped his grandkids dollar bills so they could buy sodas at football games and kept candy in the back of his car. He called his grandchildren weekly to ask how they were and cracked jokes to hear them laugh. He was the kind of father who led his children to aspire to be the kind of great he was. Joe was very close to his family and each of their successes where attributed to him.
Joe Comeau spent many summers in Wells, Maine with his wife, Joan Comeau, in a house they built together and enjoyed morning coffee on the deck he had built. Joe loved Maine for the way it brought his family together, and he filled that house and the people around him with love and laughter. He was the essence of summer: steaming clams, shouting “Ya, that’s the ticket?!," laughing with his family under the back porch’s string lights. Joe Comeau leaves his family with love in our hearts and many a bad punchline in our memory.
Joe is survived by his wife, Joan Comeau of Andover; his daughter, Elizabeth Farnham and his son-in-law, Paul of Andover; his son, Peter Comeau and his daughter-in-law, Sue of Andover; his daughter, Jane Kobelski and his son-in-law, Brian of Andover; and his grandchildren, PJ, Pat, Cameron, Joey, Courtney, Mikey, Matt, Maggie, Lizzie, Abby, Timmy, and Emily.
Friends and family are respectfully invited to call at the Conte Funeral Home, 28 Florence St., Andover on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral Saturday morning with a funeral Mass to celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Parish, 43 Essex Street, Andover. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to The National Diabetes Foundations, 1251 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202 or to The National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062. https://fundraise.kidneyfund.org/joecomeaumemorialfund To offer condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.
Published on  December 28, 2016
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