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Joseph Orpen

Joseph F Orpen Jr.

Friday, April 19th, 2019
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Joseph Francis Orpen, Jr. passed away on April 19, 2019; he was 77 years old. Joe was born on October 21, 1941 to Joseph and Ellinor Orpen and raised in Medford, MA with his three younger siblings Denis, Carol, and Richard.
Joe was a career electrical engineer, earning his B.S. from Tufts University (63’) and M.S. from Northeastern University (70’). Joe specialized in the design and construction of large-scale power generation stations across the United States and served as a consultant on international projects. In 1966 Joe married the love of his life, Dianne Amidon Orpen, who tragically predeceased him when she was only 63. The only thing that kept Joe from Dianne’s side was a yearlong tour of duty in the Vietnam War from 1968-1969, where he earned the Army Commendation Medal. Joe and Dianne lived their entire married lives together in Medfield and were active members of the United Church of Christ. Some of their fondest vacation destinations included Ocean City, MD and Block Island, RI.

Joe is survived by two sons, Christopher and wife Stacey (Norwood, MA) and Gregory and wife Mairéad (Groton, MA). Joe is grandfather to Mia and Ryan Orpen (Norwood) and John, Owen, and Kelly Orpen (Groton).

A wake will be held at Roberts Mitchell Caruso Funeral home on Monday, April 29th from 4 to 8 pm. A celebration of Joe’s life will be held at the United Church of Christ in Medfield on Tuesday, April 30th at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be in made to the Fisher House Foundation
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 29th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, April 29th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Roberts Mitchell Caruso FH - Medfield
    15 Miller St
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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  • Service

    Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 11:00am
    United Church of Christ
    496 Main St.
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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  • Interment

    Vine Lake Cemetery
    625 Main St.
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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Private Condolence

Ellen Jackson

Posted at 06:08pm
Dear Greg and family -

Dolores just called with the news of Joe’s death and I want to extend my sympathy to you. Your mother was my oldest friend and I know her death took a terrible toll on your father. May he Rest In Peace.

Ellen Jackson

Sue Buckley

Posted at 08:00pm
Joe and Diane were one if the first couples we met when we moved to Medfield. Our sympathies to Chris, Greg and their families. Steve and Sue Buckley

Robin Barton - Smith

Posted at 10:37pm
I have fond memories of fun times with Joe and Diane and their boys during our shared family vacations in Ocean City, MD. My condolences to his sons and their families.
Robin Barton - Smith

Eric Seager

Posted at 02:37pm
my condolences to the orpen family on their loss.

Eric Seager and family

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