Joseph J. Hurley


Joseph J. Hurley, former First Assistant Attorney General of Massachusetts, died peacefully on May 6 at Twin Oaks Care and Rehabilitation Center of Danvers, Mass. His wife, Jean F. (Welch) Hurley, predeceased him in 1996.

He was born 9/13/1922 the son of Joseph J. Hurley, a former Assistant United States Attorney, and Irene L. Hurley, a long-time beloved Boston school teacher.

During the Second World War, Mr. Hurley served as an Administrator NCO with the 492nd Air Service Group. Following the war he did his undergraduate studies at Boston College class of 1949 and earned his master’s from Harvard School of Law.

Over the years he donated his time to many worthy causes, all of which supported the health, well-being and education of those less fortunate than he. While serving as Chairman of the Board for the Catholic Charitable Bureau of Boston, Mr. Hurley was knighted into the St. John of Jerusalem Knights of Malta in recognition for his dedication to and faith of his church.

He shared his love of the ocean on day trips to Martha’s Vineyard with his seven children, one of whom, Mary, settled on the Island, and went on with her husband, Ray, to own Island Cove Mini Golf. Joe, as he liked to be called, loved the community of Martha’s Vineyard and felt an affinity for it. Despite his many accomplishments, he felt most comfortable with the concept of being a country lawyer. An impromptu greeter at the mini golf, he was always appreciative of the opportunity to share in the unique camaraderie that is Martha’s Vineyard. Joe Hurley was a generous man with a gentle humor, quick with a handshake or tip of his hat to whomever passed his way.

He is survived by five children: Mary Hurley Gosselin and her husband, Ray, Elisabeth J. Gravel and her husband, Robert, of Salem, Assistant Attorney General Margaret J. Hurley of Grafton, and David J. Hurley and John J .Hurley, both of Framingham. He was predeceased by his son Robert J. Hurley in 1979 and daughter Susan J. Hurley in 2006.

He will also be missed by his grandchildren: Carl and Meghan Gosselin of Vineyard Haven, Meghan Reckis of Salem, Michael and Mary Stygles of Grafton and Sarah Hurley and her daughter Marissa of Framingham, as well as many nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial Mass at Our Lady Star of The Sea in Oak Bluffs on Saturday May 14, at 11 am.

Donations would be appreciated in his name to Our Lady Star of the Sea, Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, or a charity of your choice.