NAHANT — Joe was known for his selfless, loving nature and his sincere care for others. His quick wit and the sparkle in his eyes touched many hearts.
Joe was born on July 21, 1937, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Nora and Joseph Klink, originally from Pittston, Pa.
Joe is survived by his loving wife, Ellen (Purcell) Klink, whom he called his angel for over 29 years, by his sisters, Mary Tout and husband, Frank, of Cumberland, R.I., his sister Eleanor Ryan Eagan and husband, William, of Buffalo, N.Y., and her husband, Bill, and his sister, Janet Reger of Buffalo, N.Y. He lovingly joins his sister, Ann DeGal and her husband, Paul, of Buffalo, N.Y., along with his sister, Dolores McCullugh of Santa Cruz, Calif. He is survived by his daughter Kathleen Aiello and her husband, James, by his son Joseph Klink and his wife, Johanna, by his daughter Patricia Gorham and her partner, Leonard Russo, by his daughter Constance Carman, and her husband, Daniel.
Papa Joe was an everyday hero to his grandchildren, Lauren and Henry Lorraine, Philip Aiello, Jon and Melissa Aiello, Matthew Klink, Bethany Klink, Frank and Alison Gorham, Katherine Gorham, Shauna Gorham, Daniel Carman and his fiancé, Christina Gallo, Christian Carman, by his great-grandchildren, Caroline and Ben Lorraine, and survived by an abundance of nieces and nephews.
Joe, the son of a widowed mother who raised six children, was the “man of the house” by age five. He did not have the financial means to attend college so, instead, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.
Joe married Marilyn (Hess) Kucera of Buffalo, N.Y., and while stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, they had their first two children, Kathleen and Joseph.
Upon return, they raised their children in South Buffalo, a place Joe called Camelot. Joe was proud to be a Buffalo Firefighter for almost 25 years and was awarded a Medal of Bravery. But, rather than speak of his own accomplishments, he proudly spoke of his fellow firefighters and the wonderful fraternity. December 27, 1983, was the darkest time of Joe’s life due to the loss of five close friends fighting a propane blast on North Division Street that left 16 children fatherless.
After retirement from the Buffalo Fire Department, Joe moved to Boston and he met his “soul mate,” Ellen Purcell. They dated for five years and were married for 24 years. They moved to the seaside island of Nahant to be near family. Joe was a Renaissance man with a sense of humor.
Joe decided to attend Harvard Extension School and earned a degree in History.
Little League games, drama performances, his grandchildren’s piano lessons and Buffalo Bills games were favorite past times. Every Sunday in summer, Joe and Ellen would be surrounded by family as they danced at Kelly Greens. Rain or shine, a Sunday didn’t go by without Joe commenting, “It doesn’t get any better than this!”
Joe was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Nahant and an active member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society.
Joe enjoyed “hanging out with his buddies for morning coffee.”
Joe often said, “You can tell how happy a man is by his buddies.” Needless to say, Joe was a very happy man.
Joe’s spirit lives on through his family and friends.
Service information: A memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Nahant at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Nahant. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visitation will be held in the church on Monday from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either: St. Vincent DePaul Society – St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 248 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908 or Buffalo Professional Firefighters Good & Welfare Fund. Terry LaRusch, administrative assistant, Buffalo Professional Firefighters Association, Local 282, 500 Southside Pkwy., Buffalo, NY 14210. This fund benefits Buffalo firefighters, their families and friends in need of assistance for many different reasons. Funeral services are by SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOMES, 426 Broadway, Lynn. Directions and guest book at Solimine.com.