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Joseph E. Motzkin

July 7, 1942 — September 5, 2023


Joseph E. Motzkin

Joseph E. Motzkin, age 81 of Lynnfield died September 5 in Lynnfield.

He was born in Malden, MA on July 7,1942 and was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Morandi) Motzkin.

Joseph was raised in Malden and was a graduate of Malden High School. He had been a Lynnfield resident since 1975. Mr. Motzkin spent over sixty years in the Waste Industry, where he was a leader and pioneer in the field.   He established the first dual-stream recycling plant in the Boston area.  His final job was as President of Empire Recycling of Billerica. He was a long time N.E. Patriots and Boston Red Sox season ticket holder and was always generous with family and friends.

He was the beloved husband of the late Sandra (Gopen) Motzkin. He was the loving father of Joseph H. Motzkin and his wife Lisa of Lynnfield and the late Michael Motzkin. He was the brother of Susan Waite of Lynnfield and James Motzkin of Georgetown. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren, Joseph and Amanda Motzkin.

Joseph’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Maria Goretti Church, Lynnfield on Tuesday September 12 at 10:00. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery in Lynnfield. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home 19 Yale Avenue Wakefield on Monday September 11 from 4-8 pm.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Michael Motzkin Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Joseph Motzkin, 100 Salem Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940.
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