Joseph M. Villani

December 21, 1953
- September 11, 2011

WESTBROOK - Joseph M. Villani, 57, passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, surrounded by those who loved him at Springbrook Center, Westbrook. He was born Dec. 21, 1953, in Milo, beloved son of the late Arlene (Hamlin) Villani and Joseph Villani. He is survived by his father, Joseph Villani; half brother, Robert Hamlin and his family, half sister, Eloise (Hamlin) Hathorn and her family; and his business partner and dear friend, Paulo Alves Carvalho. He was educated in Lenox, Mass., and Rochester, N.Y., earning a double degree in piano and voice. He did masters studies at Westminster Choir College in New Jersey. Joe shared his talent, skill, love of music and expertise as a musician with the schoolchildren of Maine and New York by teaching music, producing musical shows, and his middle school and high school vocal ensembles performed around New England. He spent many summers playing piano at The Front Porch, Ogunquit, surrounded by singers and music lovers who quickly became his friends. Joe's skills were evident in his ability to make any singer sound wonderful by adjusting to their key, rhythm and style. His talents were also put to good use in his development of The Musical Wonder House, Wiscasset. There he expanded on the business side of the museum, by doing appraisals and repairs for music box owners, while giving tours of the museum, and demonstrating the many and varied music boxes, Victrolaa, and other mechanical music instruments. Celebrations of life will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Independent Death Care, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland, and in Milo at a later date. Donations in Joe's memory may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Published in Bangor Daily News on September 19, 2011

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