Joseph A.G. Loiselle – North Smithfield

Joseph A.G. Loiselle – North Smithfield

Joseph A.G. Loiselle, 91, of North Smithfield, R.I., died on January 1, 2021, at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, R.I.

Joe was the loving and devoted husband of Theresa R. (Jutras) Loiselle for 52 years.

Born in Central Falls, he was the son of the late Adrien and Ida (Parent) Loiselle and was the last surviving brother of the Loiselle boys: Wilfred, Norbert, Ernest, John and Joseph Raymond. He is survived by his sister Madeleine Pate.

Joe joined the army in 1947 at the age of 17. Three years later, he was treating the wounded as a medic in Korea. He often spoke of the bitter cold of that winter. Joe loved to reminisce about his time in the service and all the friends he made and the places he traveled. He told stories of the heat and mud in the jungles of Vietnam and of a few close calls that he felt lucky to have survived. As a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam Wars and a recipient of the Bronze Star, Joe retired in 1968 as a Master Sergeant (E-8) after 21 years of military service.

After the army, Joe worked for many years as a manager at Allendale Insurance Company first on the East Side of Providence and then in Johnston after the company’s big move. Joe’s true passion, however, came calling in 1972 when he started Loiselle Piano Services. Joe had learned the art of tuning and repairing pianos while stationed for three years in Alaska. Born into a musical family and having played piano since his childhood, it was a natural fit for him. A member of the Piano Technicians Guild, he spent 40 years as a piano technician taking care of his customers throughout New England. Joe was proud that his business is still thriving today.

Joe loved his faith, flag, and family. He was generous in all he did. He always enjoyed a good scotch and Terry’s dinners. His family loved how he played the piano at family gatherings. He would listen to classical music for hours and watch concerts highlighting his favorite composers. Joe loved being out in the yard and birdwatching. He loved maps, weather, puzzles and playing cards and scrabble with his family. He was a wonderful dad and pepere and will be greatly missed.

Besides his wife, Theresa, Joe is survived by his daughter, Christina Hollingsworth (Anthony), of East Greenwich, R.I., his son, Jeffrey Loiselle, of Boynton Beach, Fla., his stepsons Stephen Chase (Susan) of Frederiskssund, Denmark, and Richard Chase (Jane) of Phillipston, Mass. His loving grandchildren are Katie, Caroline, Claudia, Briana, Michael, Sarah, Emma, and Hannah.

After a private service at St. Jude Catholic Church in Lincoln, R.I., Joe will be laid to rest with military honors at Resurrection Cemetery in Cumberland, R.I. His family and friends will have a celebration of his life at a later date.