Joel V. Liberto of Westborough, 57, died March 7 at home. He was the son of retired Milford Police Chief Vincent Liberto and Elizabeth (DePaolo) Liberto of Mashpee.
His funeral, with military honors, was Wednesday, March 13, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Milford. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Milford.
Born in Framingham, he was a graduate of Milford High School, Class of 1979. He then attended the US Military Academy at West Point, where he was commissioned an officer in the US Army.
He served in the US Armor Division in Germany with the Third Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment Armor Battalion, from 1983 to 1986, where he earned two Commendation Medals. Following that, he remained on staff and as a faculty member of the US Armor School, until he resigned his commission in 1988, as a captain.
Following his resignation from the US Army, he was employed as an aerospace engineer for Textron Lycoming. In 1991 he received his master’s degree in quality engineering RPI and joined the Hitachi Corporation in 1993 as a quality manager. In 1996 he became the operations manager for Freudenberg NOK and was promoted to general manager in 1998. In 2000 he became the vice president for operations for CHAMP Golf. He next joined Reed Rico as president in 2001, and then moved on to president and general manager of Hudson Lock in 2003. He most recently worked for the Bilas Group. He spent more than 30 years leading companies to greater performance, serving as a senior executive.
An avid sports fan, he loved the outdoors, to fish and to cook. He was a longtime member of the Boy Scouts of America and had been an Eagle Scout.
Along with his parents, he leaves his sister, Susan Bird, and her husband, James Bird, of Millville; his niece, Sarah Bird of Brooklyn, New York; his nephew, Connor Bird of Millbury; his fiancée: Deborah Spiro of Shrewsbury; also several aunts, uncles and cousins.