Mayo, Joseph C.

Joseph Charles Mayo died on December 31, 2018 after a brief illness. He was born on November 22, 1928 and lived in the Hartford area for most of his life, over 61 years of which were with his beloved wife Betty (Elizabeth Muldowney Mayo). He graduated from Kingswood School in 1947 and Trinity College in 1951, where he was a founder of the Brownell Club. He was a parishioner at the Cathedral of St. Joseph most of his life, and was a Lectern there for several decades. He was the President and Treasurer of Otto Epstein Inc. for most of his adult life.
He took great pride in the grounds around his home of 70 years on Fernwood Road in West Hartford, which was also the site of most games played by the neighborhood children, even after his own children had grown. His annual 4th of July fireworks displays were a neighborhood delight. He enjoyed childhood summers at Westbrook, CT and later summer vacations with his family at Provincetown on Cape Cod where he continued his lifelong love of boating. Family activities also included Red Oak Hill Swim and Tennis Club in Farmington, CT and the Springfield Ski Club in Blanford, MA. After retirement he and Betty traveled frequently with their longtime friends Bob and Nancy Wilson throughout the U.S. as well as Europe.
Besides his wife he is survived by 4 children: Catherine Mayo of Jamaica Plain, MA and her adopted son Delmace, Joseph Mayo Jr. of Hampton NH, his wife Kim Rivest and stepdaughter Bonnie Branson, Sharon Charron of Campton, NH, her husband Wayne and stepdaughter Charlee-ann McMahon, Susan Mayo of Martinez, CA, her wife Helen Muscolo and stepchildren Kelly Hand and Michael Muscolo.
He taught us the value of hard work, honesty and integrity; all by his own example.
At his request there are no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Avenue, Hartford on January 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his memory to the Connecticut Humane Society, Kingswood-Oxford School or Trinity College.

Calling Hours

Funeral Service

Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 11:00am in the Cathedral of St. Joseph ~ Hartford


Mount St. Benedict Cemetery ~ Bloomfield

Memorial Contribution

Connecticut Humane Society, Kingswood-Oxford School or Trinity College

5 Responses to 'Mayo, Joseph C.'

  1. Dalzell W Williams says:

    I’ve known the family since we were all campers at High Meadow Day Camp over 50 years ago.
    I became a regular summer weekend “guest” while living in MA and Joe was still at home. “Mr” and “Mrs” Mayo became like my second parents…always warm and welcoming- “Mom” with a hug and “Dad” with the twinkle in his eye and hand extended for the customary handshake showdown. Being the consummate gentleman, he’d allow the “guest” appear the victor and then give a hug.
    All that knew and loved him, family and friends, each have lost a piece of themselves with “Mr. Mayo’s” passing.
    Peace to all!!


  2. Ken Feldtmose says:

    Joe, Jr,

    I am sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Please accept my condolences.

    Ken Feldtmose

  3. Colleen Balch says:

    A deep gratitude for his humor, integrity, generosity, industry and welcome. Loved being one more youngster welcomed into the fold with “Father” and “Mom” Mayo. Love to you, Mom, Cathy, Joe, Sharon, and Susan and all of your families. Holding you in my heart and prayers until the loving memories eclipse loss.


  4. William Rogers says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss.May God provide peace as you all go through the journey of grief.

  5. Leslie Rosewarne says:

    So sorry for your loss Sharon.

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