MELROSE — Mr. Donato “Danny” DiNocco, 90, of Melrose, beloved husband of Anna Maria (D’Errico) DiNocco, died on September 23, 2013, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Roxbury, following a long illness.
Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Antonio and Vincenza (Mazzola) DiNocco. He was raised and educated in East Boston, and attended East Boston High School. During his high school years, Donato was a trombone player in the Mt. Carmel Church Band. During his time in the band, he met the love of his life, Anna, whom he affectionately referred to as his “Jellybean,” and their love would blossom over their 67 years together.
An honorably discharged veteran, he served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during World War II, landing on Omaha Beach during the D-Day invasion in Normandy as a member of the 29th infantry Division of the U.S. Army. His years serving his country created a lasting foundation in Donato of courage, character and strength, which is evident from his survival as a prisoner of war. He loved his country and all that it stands for.
Mr. DiNocco had been employed for many years as a laborer at the Naval Shipyard in Charlestown, until the time of his retirement. During retirement, Donato became the caretaker at the Mt. Hood Golf Course of Melrose, and was known for his attention to detail and precisely manicured grounds.
A dedicated and loving husband, father and grandfather, he was a longtime resident of the city of Melrose. He was a member of the V.F.W. and the D.A.V. of Melrose. He was dedicated to his country and Catholic faith. He enjoyed his many reunions with his fellow U.S. Army 29th Division members. His greatest pleasure came from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren who all looked up to his commitment to family and faith. His sense of humor and loving personality will be deeply missed.
In addition to his loving wife of 67 years, Donato is survived by his children, Donna Gibbs and her husband, Bob, of Peabody, Danny DiNocco and his wife, Elise, of Wakefield, Ann Molk and her husband, Stu, of Danvers, Dennis DiNocco and his wife, Lisa, of Ipswich, and Robert DiNocco and his wife, Lisa, of New Hampshire; his 13 grandchildren; his two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was also the father of the late Anthony DiNocco, and brother of the late Romeo, Luigi, Sabitino, Erminio, and Antonio DiNocco.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held from C.R. Lyons & Sons, Funeral Directors, 28 Elm Street, Danvers Square, on Friday, at 8:15 a.m., followed by his Funeral Mass in St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, Conant Street, Danvers, at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Visiting hours are Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Donato’s memory to the Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150.
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