Joey Papi, 27 of Nashville, Tennessee passed away unexpectedly at his home on
January 25, 2019. Born in Portland, Maine on May 28, 1991, he was a loving son of
Grace Romano and Joseph Papi, and his stepfather Eddie Howard. He was the
beloved brother of Michael Papi and his wife, Morgan.
Joey was a most kind, generous, and loving person. Above all else he loved his family.
He was a friend to all, open and welcoming to all he met, communicating soul-to-soul
with compassion, intelligence and humor. He dazzled us with his smile and charm, and
mesmerized us with his artistic talents. He created the most amazingly intricate
drawings – everything from the eclectic tattoo-worthy to the spot-on portraits. Each
piece is a gem. He was an avid chess player and dedicated athlete – he loved his
Patriots! Joey had attended Wentworth Institute of Technology and Massachusetts School of Art and Design.
After a very happy and productive period in recovery, Joey relapsed and lost his battle.
We continue to pray for all those touched by this disease.
We were all the better for knowing and experiencing the sweetness of Joey. He never
held back and always showed up. He leaves us all with wonderful memories.
Joey was predeceased by his father Joseph Papi, grandfather Henry Romano
and grandparents Agamenone and Clementina Papi.
Joey is survived by his mom, Grace Romano; step-dad, Eddie Howard; brother and
sister-in-law, Michael and Morgan Papi; step-brother Joseph Howard, grandmother,
Anna Romano; Girlfriend Becky McHugh; godmother, Anne Romano and Uncle David
Robinson; godfather Michael Romano and Uncle Miguel Guzman; Aunt Christina Davis;
Uncle Rick Romano and Aunt Jina; Uncle Dan Romano and Aunt Diane; Aunt Dawna
Nappi and Uncle Bill Dawson; Aunt Norma Francis; eleven loving and special cousins,
and a world full of friends.
Visitation will be on Monday, February 4, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. at A.T. Hutchins Funeral Home, 660 Brighton Ave, Portland, ME. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home at 9 am on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter’s Church, 72 Federal St., Portland at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland, ME.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Portland Recovery Community Center, 468 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101, The Animal Refuge League, 217 Landing Road, Westbrook, ME 04092 or to the Milestone Recovery, 65 India St, Portland, ME 04101.