Joseph Arthur Rago, 34, entered Eternal Life on July 20, 2017. He was dearly loved, treasured, and admired by his parents Paul and Nancy Rago of Falmouth, Massachusetts, brother Adam Rago (Meghan McGill), sister Grace Rago, and many relatives and friends.
Joe was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on January 6, 1983 and graduated from Falmouth High School in 2001. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 2005, where he formed many of his deepest friendships. He was a proud member of the Phi Delta Alpha Fraternity and served as the Editor of the Dartmouth Review.
Excelling in all disciplines, Joe focused his keen intellect and talents passionately on writing. He began his career as an intern for the Wall Street Journal in 2005 and rose to an Editorial Board Member in less than ten years. A prolific journalist, Joe covered a wide range of topics and was best known for his expertise on health care reform. His exceptional work earned him a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing in 2011. From children’s books to Senate proceedings, Joe was always a voracious reader. Armed with an impressive vocabulary, a command of the English language, and a remarkable ability to synthesize reams of complex documents, Joseph crafted crisp and persuasive prose.
His professionalism and dedication to his work were matched only by his loyalty and love for his many friends and family. Despite all his accolades, he remained humble above all else and more interested in others rather than himself. Joe’s personality embraced a dry sense of humor, quick wit, and an uncommon warmth.
In only 34 far-too-short years, Joe’s impact on the world was profound. One of his first published works was in the Princeton Review’s 2003 book “College Essays That Made a Difference.” Joe prophetically wrote “The pace of geologic changes, measurable in human time scales, reminds us that all life is fleeting…The Cape tells us to live life fully—to let no moment pass by unappreciated, to enjoy what we have, and to find the august world delightful to live in.”
We were deeply blessed and honored to have had Joe in our lives. May your Soul rest in peace, dear Joseph, in God’s love, and in ours. As a family, we have tried to capture Joe’s spirit and vitality, with the hope that it would require only his light editing.
Guests will be received at Chapman, Cole, Gleason, 584 West Falmouth Highway (Route 28A), West Falmouth, MA on Friday, July 28, from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm. The Funeral Service will be at 11 am on Saturday, July 29 at First Lutheran Church, 1663 Main Street (Route 6A), West Barnstable, MA. The burial service will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe’s memory to Joseph A. Rago Memorial Fund for Excellence in Journalism at Josephragomemorialfund.org
(photo credit: Joseph Brinson/Field Service Creative)