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‘An unthinkable loss’ for Toscano family

Watertown, MA firefighter Joseph Toscano.
Joseph Toscano.

Joseph Toscano, the Watertown firefighter suffered a medical emergency while fighting a fire Friday morning and later died, was remembered by his family as a loving husband and father, and a man of integrity with a flair for cooking.

“This is an unthinkable loss for our family,” his family said in a statement released Friday night. “Joe’s loving spirit will be with us forever.”

Toscano, 54, lived in Randolph with Maureen, his wife of 25 years, and their five children -- Alyssa, Patrick, Mary Cate, William, and Michael , the family said in a statement.

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“Our family is devastated by the loss we suffered today,” his family said. “Family was at the center of Joe’s life and defined him.”

“He was a man of great integrity and honor,” the family said. “Joe’s work ethic, generosity and kindness touched everyone he knew.”

Toscano shared his warmth, kindness, curiosity for life, and love of the outdoors with his children, his family said.

A master craftsman, Toscano built the family’s home “with his own hands,” and excelled in the kitchen, too.

A gourmet chef, Toscano made pizzas and a special mussels dish. At the Watertown fire station, he was known as the unofficial chef, his family said.

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In Randolph, where Toscano was well known, Police Chief William Pace praised Toscano’s brave service that spanned more than 20 years.

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“Earlier today, the public safety community lost one of its own and the Town of Randolph lost a resident,” Pace said in a statement. “On behalf of the Randolph Police Department and the entire community, I offer my most sincere condolences to the Toscano family.”

Mina Corpuz can be reached at mina.corpuz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @mlcorpuz.