Joseph D. Violette Sr., 82, of Southern Pines, N.C.

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Joseph D. Violette Sr.Southern Pines, N.C. – Joseph “Don” Violette Sr., 82 of Southern Pines, N.C., passed away April 2, 2019 at FirstHealth Hospice House.

Joseph was born Feb. 23, 1938 in Van Buren, Maine, the son of Placide and Pricilla (Boudreau) Violette of Portland, Maine.

Don was known for his craft as carpenter and owner of Violette Bros., Inc. Originally partnered with his brother Harold Violette. He touched many as he built homes in the communities where he lived in Shrewsbury and Pinehurst, N.C. He also loved to play golf with his sons and grandsons.

Don leaves his wife of 61 years, Yvonne A. (Dussault) Violette, and his three children and their families, Joseph Violette Jr., Kevin Violette and his wife Karen, and Cynthia (Violette) Loiseau and her husband Ken. He also leaves seven grandchildren, Philip and Jackie Violette, Danny, Mikey and Alex Violette, and Nicole and Krista Loiseau. He also leaves behind two sisters, Arlene Freeman and Rachel Corbett of Portland, Maine. He also loved his many nephews and nieces, Kenny, Mark, Karen, Lisa, Peter, Bruce, Patty, Iris, Shawn, Christopher and Jennifer, and Nadeen and Victor, all so special to “Uncle Don.” In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his brothers, Harold F. Violette and Leo James “Jimmy” Violette, and one sister, Marie Cushing.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours Friday, April 5, from 5-7 p.m., at the Chiampa Funeral Home ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, April 6, at 10 a.m., at St. Ann’s Church. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.