Joseph Woolley, 71

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 10:30pm

Joseph E. Woolley, Jr. of Hartford, Conn., passed away at St. Francis Hospital on July 5, 2018 after a battle with cancer. The eldest son of Joseph E. and Genevieve (McCue) Woolley, he was born in Hartford, Conn., on May 22, 1947. 

He attended and graduated from St. Joseph’s Cathedral Grammar School, Northwest Catholic High School Class of 1965, and St. Edwards University, Austin, Texas, Class of 1969. He served two years active duty in the U.S. Army, most of it in South Korea attaining the rank of Specialist 5. After a time in Active Reserves, he was honorably discharged on September 1, 1975.

He worked for Aetna Insurance Company for a number of years, and for the last 19 years has been employed by St. Francis Hospital.

He is survived by four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Richard B. and Karen W. Woolley of Wakefield and Block Island, R.I., Peter A. and Susan A. Woolley of Oceanside, Calif., Bruce J. and Margaret M. Woolley of West Hartford, Conn., and Christopher Woolley of Hartford, Conn.; three nephews and two nieces and their spouses, Michael J. and Corie Woolley of North Ridgeville, Ohio, Mark and Jenna (Woolley) Ewing of Charlotte, North Carolina, Gregory Woolley of West Hartford, Conn., Ben and Kayla (Woolley) Young of Lake Forest, Calif., and Aaron Woolley of Los Angeles, Calif.; as well as two grandnephews, Matthew Young and Michael Ewing; and two grandnieces, Emily Young and Collette Ewing. 

Joe leaves behind many friends from his years playing football at Northwest Catholic and lifting weights with his teammates and pals, as well as those friends and the many people he interacted with at both Aetna and St. Francis, having decided to spend his life in the Hartford area. He also leaves many friends from his summers spent on Block Island. His four brothers will greatly miss their “big brother.” A memorial service will be held at a time and place to be announced, burial will be in the family plot on Block Island. 

Memorial Contributions can be made to The Mary D. Fund, P.O. Box 303, Block Island, R.I. 03807.

Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral home. For online condolences visit