Joseph DiMatteo

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Joseph "C-Joe" DiMatteo, 57, died peacefully Feb. 25, 2007, surrounded by loved ones at Big Sky Hospice, Horizon Hospice Home, in Billings, Mont. He was a counselor, educator, trainer and manager who was known for his compassion, his Italian demeanor and irrepressible humor.
A memorial service will be from 1 to 2 p.m. March 30 at St. Anthony's Fournier Hall, 1814 Holland St. in Wilmington, Del. A celebration of life gathering will be after the service. A memorial marinara dinner and dance are planned this summer in Anchorage.
C-Joe was born March 31, 1949, in Wilmington, Del., the son of the late Dominic DiMatteo and Elda Deramo DiMatteo.
He worked in the substance abuse field for more than 30 years in Anchorage. He was executive director at Akeela House for 14 years and then with the Alaska Council on Prevention and Drug Abuse. C-Joe also served on the Board of Substance Abuse Directors Association, served as Alaska's representative to the National Prevention Network and on the Governor's Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. C-Joe moved back to Wilmington in 2000 to care for his mother and worked for Frank Deramo & Sons.
His family wrote: "C-Joe had an incredibly large heart and was supported and loved by his life partner, Lynn, and his son, Jason, and his family during his arduous journey. There was a wide variety of committed friends who assisted the family during his courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), many who feel blessed to have known him reach near and far. He will be long remembered for his charisma, his love of dancing and singing, and as an avid sports fan. He always had a few words of inspiration to share."
C-Joe is survived by his son, Jason DiMatteo; his brother, Motts DiMatteo; and his sisters, Josie DiMatteo, Elda Aubertin, Sue DiMatteo and Antoinette DiMatteo. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Jules Aubertin; his daughter-in-law, Samantha DiMatteo; grandson, Joseph Anthony DiMatteo; former wife, Lynn DiMatteo; his nieces, Domina, Darlise, Laura, Dana and Jamie; and many otber relatives and friends.
The DiMatteo family would like to thank Compassionate Care Hospice in Delaware, the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Pennsylvania, Horizon Hospice Home in Montana and the many lifelong friends and family who unselfishly devoted hours of their time caring for C-Joe and keeping a smile on his face. We are forever grateful.
Contributions in C-Joe's memory may be sent to the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Area, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002.

Published in Anchorage Daily News on Mar. 11, 2007
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