Obituary: Joseph R. Steele, 85, formerly of Portsmouth

Joseph R. Steele, age 85, previously of Portsmouth, RI, died Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Village House Nursing Home of Newport, RI, surrounded by his loving family.
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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Joseph R. Steele, age 85, previously of Portsmouth, RI, died Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Village House Nursing Home of Newport, RI, surrounded by his loving family.

Joseph was born November 16, 1932 in Waltham, MA. He is the son of the late Joseph Gordon and the late Marie Rose (Landry) Steele. He was married to the late Nancy (Peabody) Steele. 

He is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst and worked for Electro Switch Corporation. 

Joseph enjoyed sailing and was an avid reader. He was also a former member of the Rotary Club.

Joseph is predeceased by his sister, Lorraine Flood.

He is survived by three daughters: Karen and her husband Bryan Cooper, Dianne Steele and Joan Sisson, and one son: James Steele; Brother of two sisters: Jeanette Bowlby and Carolyn Helton; He also has four grandchildren; granddaughter, Stephanie and wife Heather Lehtonen; granddaughter, Katie and her husband Jake Blais; grandson, Justin Cooper; and granddaughter, Jennie Sisson. He also leaves two great-granddaughters.

Services will be private.

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