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E. Joseph Guay

E. Joseph “Joe” Guay, 78, of Memorial Hall, Ipswich, died Wednesday, January 31, 2015 in Beverly Hospital following his sudden illness. He was a devoted husband and faithful companion to Mary (Donohue) Guay.

Born in Salem on July 17, 1936, son of the late Emile W. and Juliette (Bouchard) Guay, he was raised in Topsfield. Throughout the years he was employed as a project manager for the Turner Construction in Boston, from which he was retired.

Joe was a gifted musician who enjoyed playing his guitar, a talented craftsman who was often seen with friends at Ipswich’s craft markets, a clever story teller known for his fanciful anecdotes, and an enduring fan of Boston sports. His love of music, the Red Sox, and the Patriots were certainly shared with his children.  

In addition to his wife, Mimi, he is survived by two sons, Andrew J. Guay and his wife  Kathy of East Hampstead, NH and Christopher R. Guay and his wife Karen  of Danvers, two daughters, Kathleen M. Guay of Ipswich and Maryanne (Guay) Weiss and her husband Joshua of Newton, a sister, Diane (Guay) Russell of Amherst and grandchildren, Emily, Andrew, David, Ryan, Elizabeth, Sarina, Katie, Zach, and Michael, of all whom he was very proud. He is also survived by his many cousins and friends and his adoring feline friend, Bisoux. He was the father of the late James Guay, formerly of Ipswich.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 am Wednesday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1 Main Street, Essex, followed by interment in the New Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed .Visiting hours are Tuesday 4 to 7 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich.

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