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Joseph G. Sandulli

Joseph Sandulli died Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at his beloved Ipswich home, with his wife and son at his side.

Joe was born in 1944 to Lena (Bertino) Sandulli and Guido Sandulli and grew up in Bristol, Connecticut. He flew through the Bristol schools, skipping grades, and started college at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon) University at the age of sixteen. He graduated with a degree in chemical engineering and started a doctoral program at Yale University.

While at Yale, he decided to take a different path. Although he loved science, he wanted a career that would allow him to work with others to affect social change. He applied to law school, graduating from University of Pennsylvania law school in 1969. His experiences in the working class city of Bristol led him to practice labor law, representing employees.

Joe started his own law firm in Boston in 1977. He and his partner Ken Grace saw their firm, Sandulli and Grace, quickly grow into one of Boston’s premier labor law firms representing employees. Joe retired in 2016, but remained active with the firm and generous with his time, supporting clients and mentoring associates throughout his retirement.

Joe loved the outdoors and was never happier than when riding his horse on Crane’s Beach or on the North Shore trails. He served on the board of the Essex County Trail Association, searching for ways to allow everyone to enjoy the recreational riches of the area as he did.

Joe is remembered for a relentless curiosity, an aggressive confidence, and a joyous enthusiasm that allowed him to bring creativity and insight to both his professional and personal life.

Joe is survived by his wife of fifty-two years Christine (Loebel) Sandulli.  His son and daughter-in-law Guido and Rebecca Sandulli, and beloved grandchildren Alex, Elena and Adah Sandulli live in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was predeceased by son Ben Sandulli.  His sister, Joy Sandulli, and niece Emma Korkola live in Saskatchewan Canada.

A memorial service will be held in early June. Arrangements are by Whittier Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.


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