Joseph William Novak


BARRINGTON - Joseph William Novak, 75, of Barrington, New Hampshire, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019 at Mass General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Born Feb. 15, 1944, in North Bergen, New Jersey, Joseph "Joe" was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Lynn Novak. He spent his early childhood in Columbus and New Berlin and graduated from New Berlin High School in 1962.
After graduation, Joe enrolled initially at SUNY Delhi studying to be a draftsman. In September 1963, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a draftsman and was stationed on the USS Tanner (AGS15) through June 1967. He received two recognitions during his tour including the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. After his last tour of Vietnam, Joe returned to finish his studies at Delhi.
On Feb. 17th, 1968, in New Berlin, he married Martha (Marci) Mitchell. After graduation from college, Joe and Marci moved to Hartford, Connecticut and he became an insurance adjuster for Aetna. He was transferred to Atlanta where the family lived until 1971, when he became a loss control specialist for Progressive Insurance in Canandaigua. In 1973, Joe returned to his hometown in New Berlin where he was a certified insurance counselor for Gates Cole and Associates, where he worked for 30 years until he retired in 2003. He was passionate about making sure his clients had what they needed.
Joe was an avid hunter and a patient fisherman. He enjoyed coaching Little League for the Hawks and watching his children and grandchildren compete in sports. He loved being a nature photographer, Christmas light decorator, and his passion was feeding his birds with his loyal dog Rexy at his side. He was a die-hard Cincinnati Reds fan to the end. His sarcastic and disarming wit was a major part of his charm.
Joe is survived by his wife, Marci Novak of Barrington, New Hampshire; daughter, Beth (Jon) Manter of South Berwick, Maine; son, Jason (Allison) Novak of Nashua, New Hampshire; grandchildren Lila Manter of South Berwick, Maine; and Liam and Madelyn Novak of Nashua, New Hampshire; brother William (Jayne) Novak of Manlius; and several nieces and nephews around the world. In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by his brother David Novak, sister, Barbara Rivas, and nephew Chad Novak.
An informal (no ties as requested by Joe), open to the public, gravesite memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Friday July 19, at Fairview Cemetery in New Berlin, right next to the Chobani Little League diamond on Fish Field. Immediately following the service, the family will host a celebration of Joe's life at the St. Andrews Parish Hall in New Berlin.
Contributions in Joe's memory may be made to St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church, c/o Families in Need, 24 N. Main Street, New Berlin, NY 13411
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Published on July 9, 2019
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Shannon Leclair
Jul 15, 2019
Blue Caribbean was purchased for the family of Joseph William Novak by Shannon Leclair.  Send flowers
Jan Crowley
Jul 13, 2019
Marci - I am so sorry that Joe lost his battle, but I hope your memories give you comfort. My best - Jan
Jul 11, 2019
Marci, So sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. So many years have passed but there is always a connection to the people you grew up with. So many memories. Sounds like you have a wonderful family for support. Prayers are with you.
Kay Miller
Jul 10, 2019
Marci, I am so sorry.
Norma Bishop
Jul 10, 2019
Dear Marcy,
We are so sorry to hear your sad news. I a sure he will be missed by all.
Peggy Finnegan
Jul 09, 2019
So sorry Marci. I have many fond memories of Joe. James and I send our condolences.
Lee Eagleston
Jul 09, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember Joe as a joker and trickster, not so fondly at the time!
I am glad he had a good life and family to recall the good times. Keep the memories.