Joey Birolini Obituary, Death – From April 16-22, candles will be placed in the Steeple of First Church in remembrance of Joey Birolini and Billy Hickey. Who were “outstanding” young men who made a difference in their communities? Joey and Billy were beloved members of the community, and they will be sorely missed. The South Shore has been in grief since two recent Pembroke High School grads and renowned youth hockey players were killed in a car accident early on Saturday morning.
Authorities said that at around midnight on Elm Street in Pembroke, two young men, both aged 23, were killed in a car crash. The victims have been identified as Hanson’s Joseph Birolini and Pembroke’s William Hickey. School administrators and the youth hockey community were taken aback by the tragic news of the two young men’s deaths. Each young man was remembered by his family and friends for his dedication to his teammates and his fierce competitive spirit on the rink.
Sullivan Funeral Home has provided the following obituaries for Birolini and Hickey: Joey was a sports fanatic as a kid, and while he did enjoy basketball, soccer, and baseball, hockey was always his first love. He learned to skate when he was very young and spent his formative years on the ice with the Pembroke Youth Hockey and Bay State Breakers. He captained the Pembroke High School hockey team and was named to the All-Star team.
Joey graduated from Pembroke High School in 2016 and will receive his Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Massachusetts Boston with Honors and Highest Distinction in May 2020. In Boston, he worked with AAFCPA. Joey’s developed a passion for golf and skiing in recent years. He was very much a sports nut. He was a diehard Boston sports fan who rooted for the Bruins above all else.
He was an avid camper who particularly liked doing so in New Hampshire. Joey loved spending the weekend in New Hampshire with his girlfriend and her family. Joey was the type of person who would put the needs of others before his own. For Christmas, he would shop for his younger siblings, but he would always make it seem like the gifts were “from Santa.” Joey served as an inspiration to Anthony, his younger brother. He had an old soul and was smart beyond his years.