Joseph Hamel, 80

Jul 19, 2018

Joseph D. Hamel, 80, of Wareham passed away on July 18 at Tobey Hospital. He was the loving companion of Catherine “Penny” Ellis, also of Wareham. Joseph was born in New Bedford the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Henriques) Hamel.

Joseph lived in Wareham for the past 22 years and had worked for the Johnson and Johnson Co. as an assembler. He was well known for his nautical artistry beginning with scrimshaw then painting and drawing. He enjoyed crossword and word jumble games. He was an avid Beatles and Patriots fan and a member of the New England Viking Motorcycle Club.

He is survived by his son Marcus Hamel, his Aunt Ollie Henriques and his sister Diane Hamel of Acushnet. He was adored by Catherine “Suzy” Wood and her husband Carlston of Wareham, Linda Holt and her husband Norman of Marion, Donna Richard and her husband Donald of Wareham, Thomas Carney and his wife Christina of Wareham and Christian Ellis and his wife Heather of Buzzards Bay. He is  also survived by 13 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three special girls, Baxter and Katie and many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was the father of the late Christopher D. Hamel and brother of the late Nancy Rothwell.

Funeral services will be private. To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit

Arrangements by Wareham Village Funeral Home, 5 Center St., Wareham.