Joseph T. (Buddy) Cazeault of Edgartown, formerly of North Weymouth, died August 4. He was 88.

Joe was born in Quincy to the late Pearson and Marion Cazeault. He was the eldest son and had nine siblings. He was raised in North Weymouth, where he lived for 55 years. He and his wife CeCe raised six children in Weymouth and participated in numerous town events, including the Bicentennial reenactments of 1976.

He was a veteran and served in the United States Army.

For many years, he owned Joseph T. Cazeault & Sons Roofers, which was started in Weymouth in 1927 by his grandfather of the same name. He expanded the company to include an Edgartown location in 1985, which is when he and CeCe moved to Martha’s Vineyard.

Joe and CeCe loved the Vineyard and called it their home for more than 30 years. Together, they made many friends and enjoyed life to the fullest. He became a mentor and friend to many Island contractors and was always willing to share his profound knowledge of roofing and sheet metal to help them in any way.

He was an avid sailor and lifelong member of Wessagussett Yacht Club, where he and his family spent many wonderful summers sailing and boating. One of his fondest memories was sailing in the Quincy Bay Race Week alongside his tribe and childhood friends Don Mathewson and Jake Koopman. When not working or boating, he enjoyed vacationing on Bermuda and Captiva, Fla.

He stayed active in his retirement years and could always be found driving his truck or golf cart around town. He especially enjoyed driving his 1931 antique Ford truck in the parades while his grandkids sat in the back throwing candy to the crowds, going to Sunday breakfast at the airport, attending Island charity events and just meeting people. If you couldn’t find him at home, you only needed to look for a bench on Main street in Edgartown, where he most likely would be sitting and holding court with his dear friends Geno and Walter.

For more than 60 years, he was the beloved husband of Lucille E. (CeCe) Thrasher Cazeault. He was a loving father to Joseph Cazeault 3rd and his wife Rose of Nashville, Tenn., Christopher Cazeault of Hingham, Jane O’Regan of Hingham, Thomas Cazeault and his wife Lorraine of Weymouth, Carol Whalen and her husband Stephen of Weymouth, and Gary Cazeault and his wife Denise of Weymouth. He was a cherished grandfather (Puddy) to Kyle, Abigail, Taylor, Molly, Nicole, Ashley, Torrey, Kayla, Jake, Kathryn, Benjamin, Justin, Julia and Joshua, and great-grandfather of Ryleigh. He is survived by five siblings: Marion (Patty) Cross, Paul (Ping) Cazeault, Gail (Nuisance) Robertson, Sarah (Sally) Benson and Richard (Cuzzy) Cazeault, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours wll be held on Tuesday, August 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday August 11 at 9:30 a.m. at the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home in North Weymouth. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, August 11 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Jerome Church in Weymouth. Interment will follow at the Old North Cemetery in Weymouth.

A memorial service to celebrate Joe’s life on the Vineyard will be held in Edgartown at a later date. See for directions and online condolences.

Donations can be made to the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club (