Joseph Gordon Sateriale passed on June 30, 2019. He was known to his family as Gordon and to the rest of the world as Joe.
Gordon was born in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston to Emily and Al Sateriale. He had a brother Francis, who was his lifelong best friend, and a sister Carol who died in childhood. Gordon grew up in Cambridge in a neighborhood known as “The Coast,” then a gritty section of the Cambridgeport district. His home was adjacent to Hoyt Field, so Gordon grew up very athletic, playing basketball, baseball, and football with his brother, his double-cousins Frankie, Joe, and Arthur Signoriello, and an “Our Gang” collection of buddies from every ethnic and racial group that had settled The Coast. It was at Hoyt Field that Gordon learned life’s lessons: to compete hard and fair, to accept everyone as they were, and to judge no one.
Gordon attended parochial school at St. Paul Parish off Harvard Square, and then Cambridge High and Latin School, where he met the love of his life, Dora Marie Romagna. Their courtship was interrupted by World War II. Gordon was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroic service in the Battle of the Bulge.
In 1946 Gordon married Dora in Cambridge at her home parish, St. Francis of Assisi Church. They were married for almost 73 years. Together they had four sons: Kenneth (Eileen), Norman (Brenda), Mark (Elaine), and Alan (Cheryl). Gordon is survived by his sons, nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Gordon graduated from Boston University and Harvard University and worked for the Cambridge Public School System from 1952 – 1987, starting as a mathematics teacher at Rindge Technical School and retiring as Superintendent of Schools.
Known as Joe Sateriale to his colleagues, Joe conducted his career with the commitment of a religious calling. Joe was every bit as dedicated to the schoolchildren of Cambridge as to his own family. Joe’s greatest satisfaction was helping kids from disadvantaged circumstances to discover their own potential. In their faces, he saw his old gang from Hoyt Field.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit in the DeVito Funeral Home 761 Mt. Auburn St., WATERTOWN on Monday July 15, 2019 from 9:00 - 10:00 am and to his funeral mass at 10:30 am at Saint Peter Parish, Cambridge. Burial to follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. In lieu of flowers, you are invited to donate to the charity of your choice.