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Joseph Ross Interbartolo

Jul 20, 2020

Interbartolo, Joseph Ross age 81 formerly of East Boston, MA, Ft. Myers, and Cape Coral, FL. passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2020.

Born in East Boston, MA on February 20, 1939 Joseph was the devoted husband of Camille Interbartolo (Scarpa) of 60 years.

The beloved son of the late Joseph Interbartolo and Rose (Gordon), predeceased by son Joseph Ross, Jr. He was the cherished father of Francine (Interbartolo) McCartin and her husband Patrick McCartin of Cape Coral, FL. Nadine (Interbartolo) Harriott and her husband Jarrod Harriott of Cape Coral, FL. and Michael Interbartolo of Cape Coral, FL.

Joseph was the dear brother of Rose (Interbartolo) Aldo and her husband Donald Aldo of Malden, MA, and the late Richard Interbartolo of East Boston, MA. Loved by his brother in law Frank Scarpa, Jr. and his wife Jeannie (Belcher) Scarpa of Winthrop, MA. He was the cherished grandfather of Joshua and Kaleb Harriott and Celina and Nicholas Interbartolo of Cape Coral, FL. in addition, by many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Joseph attended East Boston High School in 1953 and graduated in 1957. Shortly after, he attended Brian and Stratton College for 2 years and Bently College for 2 years. Then graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Bookkeeping & Accounting.

Straight out of college, Joseph enlisted in the United States Air Force 101st Airborne Division. He served on active duty in 1961 during the Berlin Crisis in France under Major General Charles W. Sweeney. He came back to the United States and served for 8 years until 1969.

After leaving the Air Force, Joseph began his love for real estate. It was from 1969-1970 that Joseph worked on getting his Massachusetts Real Estate License. After he acquired his license, he began working for Winn Real Estate. In 1972, he moved to Connecticut and began working for General Development as Broker for four states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. After working with General Development for four years, Joseph and his family moved to Cape Coral, Florida, in 1976. It is here in the heart of Southwest Florida where he continued his love for real estate and started his legacy of what became known as Century 21 Birchwood Realty today. Before opening Century 21 Birchwood Realty, he worked on getting his Florida Real Estate License. After acquiring his license, he opened Birchwood Realty in 1977. In June 1980, he expanded into a franchise with Century 21, becoming Century 21 Birchwood Realty, Inc.

Joseph was an active member of First Assembly of God Cornerstone Church for over 30 years. Joe was one of the founding members of the church. At First Assembly Cornerstone, Joseph was heavily involved in Men’s Ministry, Kid’s Club, Evangelism, and Bible Study. First Assembly Cornerstone is led by Pastor’s Gregory and Marjory Ford in Fort Myers, Florida.

Joseph’s talents and hobbies were many. First and foremost, Joseph’s faith came first. Joseph loved God and he loved to read the Bible. Joseph also enjoyed praise and worship music. When it came to serving, Joseph had a big heart. Joseph was on the Teen Challenge Board of Directors for 4 years and was heavily involved with the Teen Challenge Men’s Ministry for over 25 years. Joseph was an avid golfer, Nertz player, ping-pong player, pool player, darts player, and bocce player. He loved to golf and play pool with his grandsons, his sister, and his brother in law. He also loved to play ping-pong one on one with his brother in law Don Aldo. Joseph loved to play Nertz with his one and only Nertz partner, Al Ferri. Joseph loved to sing, watch TV, and go to the movies. Joseph loved to vacation and travel to Sevier County, Tennessee. He was an avid adventurist. Joseph enjoyed white water rafting and going on hikes through the Smoky Mountains. Joseph always enjoyed a great meal (especially from Massachusetts). He loved family traditions such as Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve, Father’s Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day. He was always there to support his grandchildren at their sporting events. He was very proud of each and every one of them.

Joseph was the Founder, Broker, and President of the award winning real estate company Century 21 Birchwood Realty of Cape Coral / Ft. Myers, FL. for over 40 years. Joe was always there to listen and provide guidance to many of his agents and brokers inspiring many to open their own business in the real estate field. Known as Joe or Jr. Bartolo to his many friends from East Boston. Joe was a diehard Red Sox fan who was rewarded with their recent World Series titles. Being from New England, he also followed and cheered for the New England Patriots. Joe was the nephew of the late World Champion Boxer Sal Bartolo and the son in law of the late World Champion Wrestler, Frank Scarpa, Sr.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

There will be an open house celebration of Joes life at Century 21 Birchwood Realty, 4040 Del Prado Blvd., on July 24, 2020 from 5-8PM. Services will be private for family at the First Assembly Cornerstone in Ft. Myers.

Please send remembrances to Fullermetz.com. Please send offerings to in memory of Joseph to First Assembly Cornerstone Men’s Ministry and the Wounded Warriors Project.