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Thomas DiNicola Sr.

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Thomas R. DiNicola Sr.

1934 - 2016 Thomas Robert DiNicola Sr., 81, the son of the late Tommaso and Maria Biagini DiNicola, beloved husband, father and grandfather went back to the Lord after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. He died peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He was born and raised in Pittsfield, attended St. Mary's elementary and St. Joseph's high school graduating in 1953. Like his two brothers before him he was a co-captain of the football team and also played basketball. He enlisted in the army where he served for two years for his country primarily stationed in Germany. Returning in 1955, he worked for General Electric for several years before he was appointed to the Pittsfield Fire Department by then mayor Raymond Haughey. He earned an associate degree in Fire Science from Berkshire Community College. He also worked for over 10 years as an inspector for HUD (Housing and Urban Development) while working for the Fire Department. He retired after 25 years of service in 1987. He then worked for ten years for BCAC transportation as a driver. A long time communicant of St. Mary's church and an active member of the parish. Presently a member of St. Joseph's parish. His hobbies were fishing and he was the oldest member of the lighthouse fishing club where he took many trips to Maine with friends for over 25 years. He also loved his golf where he was a long time member of the GEAA, enjoyed bowling and playing bocci at the Italian American club where he was a member. He was also a member of the ITAM lodge and a lifetime member of the DAV (disabled American Vets). A longtime Yankee fan, loved to tell jokes and make people laugh. He met his wife Maria (Mary) while vacationing in Italy with his family. They married in 1957 in St. Rocco's church in Sambuceto, Chieti. Over the years they took many trips back to Italy and traveled extensively from there with their relatives. Thomas is survived by his wife of 58 years, two sons Walter and his wife Dorothy DiNicola of Norwood Ma, Thomas Jr. and his wife Patricia of Newtown, CT, and a daughter Louisa DiNicola-Pickett and her husband Gary. Also, seven grandsons and one granddaughter, Michael, Matthew, Caroline, Kyle, Jeffrey and Devin DiNicola, William and Ryan Pickett. He is survived by his sister Amelia Bordeau, a brother William DiNicola and many nieces and nephews plus his family in Italy. He was predeceased by a brother Angelo and his wife Aline, a sister in law Christine (Volin) DiNicola, a brother in law George Bordeau and 3 nephews Bobby Bordeau, Jimmy and John DiNicola. For the past few months he has been well cared for by the nurses and staff at Hillcrest Rehabilitation Center. The family thanks them for their wonderful, compassionate care that they provided and also his neighbors for their support. FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will take place Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8:00 A.M. from the FLYNN & DAGN0LI-BENC1VENGA FUNERAL HOME, 5 Elm St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:00 A.M. at St. Joseph's Church, 414 North St., Pittsfield with the Rev. Monsignor Michael A. Shershanovich, Pastor officiating. Entombment with Military Honors will follow in St. Michael Archangel Mausoleum in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Calling Hours at the Funeral Home will be Friday, April 15, from 4-7 P.M. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the LUSTGARTEN foundation to cure pancreatic cancer (curePC.org) or in care of the funeral home. To send a card or message please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 14, 2016
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