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Longtime WOON Radio Personality Dies

Joseph L. Ferriere, Jr., 73, of Beacon Ave., Woonsocket, died Saturday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Joseph L. and Helen (Marchand) Ferriere. He was a lifelong resident of Woonsocket and a graduate of Mount St. Charles, Class of 1957.

Joe was employed for many years at the Fairmount Dye House.

Joe was widely known in the city as the proprietor of Joe’s Moldy Oldies on Rathbun St. Joe also had a career spanning over 40 years on local radio and was a longtime personality on WOON.

A man of a great many interests, Joe was an avid collector of books, magazines, records and all types of memorabilia. He had an extensive knowledge of trivia and could easily recall any and all details.

Joe was passionate about baseball and in his younger years he played as a pitcher, almost making it to the big leagues. He was also involved in amateur boxing and trained and fought with Al Costa.

Joe was a talented musician and was a member of the Deltones, a local band well-known during the 50s and 60s.

Joe produced and edited his own magazine dealing with his special expertise on UFOs and Extraterrestrial matters, his parting words known to many listeners – “Watch the Skies”.

Joe is survived by his former wife and lifelong friend Laura (Boucher) Henault of Cumberland, and he was the husband of the late Dale (Downey) Ferriere. He is also survived by his daughter Doreen Bosko, and her husband Bruce, of Mapleville, step-son Jack Alger of Cumberland, step-daughters Tara Choinere of Gloucester and April Wroga of Ohio, and the late Kenneth Alger. His granddaughter Heather Voisinet, great grandchildren Sophia, Angel, and Isaiah and several step-grandchildren and step- great-grandchildren. He was the step-brother of James Ciccone, Mary Ellen Mercure, Linda Orlando, and Patsy Ciccone.

Visiting hours will be Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm in the Menard-Lacouture Funeral Home, 127 Carrington Ave., Woonsocket. A service in Celebration of Joe’s Life will be held at 7:30 pm during visiting hours. Burial will be private.

Information provided by Menard Funeral Home.

Rene M. Lafayette August 08, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Joe really made a splash as far as his radio career in the late 1960s or early 1970s when he hosted an individual known as "Brother Julius" who, during the height of the "hippy generation" proclaimed that he was the second Messiah, the Son of God and that the "end was near." That was over 40 years ago. I remember going to the then WWON station on Getchell Avenue and there were so many people there to catch a glimpse of Julius that the Woonsocket Police were called to direct traffic. RIP Joe, all the best to you!
pitbull tickler August 08, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Here's Mr. Couto rewriting a death notice that appeared somewhere else. Does he offer any insight into this man's life? No. Does he talk to anyone who could tell us some personal anecdotes? No. Did he even come to Woonsocket to write this story? No. Has he ever even been to our city?
Pierre Fontaine August 08, 2012 at 04:48 PM
The death notice is prepared by the funeral director and provided to the local newspapers and websites for reproduction. This allows the family members to craft the notice exactly as they desire. Certainly Joe Ferriere deserves an article about his life and hopefully the Call or will do something "extra" to mark his passing since he was such an institution in the city. I'd love to know what's going to happen with Joe's Moldy Oldies though. That store was fascinating, but I never quite understood how it passed the city's fire code! Books, magazines and record albums were stacked from the floor to the ceiling and just about as deep. You were afraid to pull anything out in fear that the whole thing would fall down on top of you!
pitbull tickler August 08, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Pierre, the death notice is prepared by the funeral director. The announcement is then paid for by the family and published in the newspaper's death notice section. The Patch does not have a death notice section, nor does it publish death notices. This is an attempt to lift a notice from another publication, and present it as a news article. The Patch editor has even put his byline at the top. When a death is a news story, a reporter will be sent to gather quotes and anecdotes about the subject. That wasn't done here. This is nothing more than an effort to fill up space while doing no work. And for that reason, it's a cheap insult to the memory of Mr. Ferriere.
Pierre Fontaine August 08, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Hi Pitbull. I understand your point regarding the byline. Ultimately, I agree that more should be done than the reproduction of a death notice to remember Joe's contribution to Woonsocket. Hopefully Woonsocket Patch will do a nice writeup about him. He was certainly one of a kind!
Uncle Ben August 08, 2012 at 10:06 PM
May he RIP, I know there were more people that died since July 12th. I never knew this guy, but I heard alot of good things about him, as with alot of other Woonsocketeers I never knew passed because I don't like the " Woonsocket Call ".
la_mouffette August 10, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Awww =*) yes, fond memories of Joe's Moldy Oldies! You never knew what you were going to find in there. Pierre, you're so right! It was like the book store that used to be on Arnold street-- a wonderfully mysterious mess of stacks, something fit to send an insurance agent into fits!
Rob Borkowski (Editor) August 14, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Hi, Pitbull - Rick's byline was an error - the system automatically logs the name of whoever posts the content. I've removed it. Menard Funeral home was clearly attributed as the source of the obit. If you saw this posted on another publication, they likely got it from the same spot. Patch does indeed publish death notices/obituaries, though we do not charge for that. We have a category of article for them - this one was clearly labeled as an obit. Death notices/obits are not often submitted, though I'm hoping to change that soon, but it's not correct to say we don't have a spot on the site for them. We have a page set aside for them: http://woonsocket.patch.com/obituaries. This is not an effort to "fill up space" - a notable member of the community passed away, and a far graver insult to his memory would have been to ignore his passing entirely. I will follow Pierre's suggestion and do a feature on Joseph. He seems like an interesting guy - I'm sorry I never met him, though I think I may have caught his radio show driving home late from work years ago. On that note, if you, or anyone else reading this has a memory of Joseph you'd like to share, please leave it in the comments here, or contact me at robert@patch.com.
justagirl September 10, 2012 at 04:36 PM
GET A LIFE!!! Does anyone else get bothered by the constant bull crap people are giving Rob. I personally dont know him but if you guys are so perfect and truley have not life then go else where to get you information. I am so sick of rob having to defend himself or other writers to you people who think your perfect. Really guys! Grow up!

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