DiCENSO, Richard J. "Dick" Age 74, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, May 6, 2016, embraced by his loving family.|
Dick was born in Quincy on August 3, 1941 to the late Americo F. and Anna P. (Pace) DiCenso. He was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1959 and lived in Randolph for forty-nine years.
Dick was first and foremost a devoted husband and family man. He was married to Mary C. (Chiminiello) DiCenso for fifty-five years. They were the best of friends and their love for each other grew stronger throughout their lifetime. He was a loving father to John R. DiCenso and his wife Mindy of Coral Springs, FL, Joseph D. DiCenso and Kathrin Bateman of Chester, MA, and David R. DiCenso and his wife Laurie of Manchester, NH; grandfather to Drew M. DiCenso of Terre Haute, IN, Deven R. DiCenso of Greenville, SC, and Leo D. DiCenso of Manchester, NH; and great-grandfather to Isabella K. DiCenso and Ariana R. DiCenso both of Terre Haute, IN. One of three siblings, Dick was pre-deceased by brothers Albert A. DiCenso and Leo L. DiCenso. He is also survived by many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Dick was a legendary South Shore drum instructor, musician, and former owner of Dick DiCenso's Drum Shop in Quincy. His performing career started at the age of fourteen and spanned more than four decades. During this time he played with various jazz and society bands at nightclubs, hotels, and function halls throughout the Boston area. In addition to playing, he worked for five years at the former Charles Alden Music Company in Boston and twenty-three years at the former Harris Fandel Company where he was sales manager and then general manager. In 1982, he opened Dick DiCenso's Drum Shop, which he operated for twenty-three years before selling to the South Shore Music Company of Weymouth in 2005. There he continued to teach until November of 2015.
Dick loved to teach! He began giving drum lessons in the mid 1950's in his studio in the basement of his parents' home. Dick had tremendous patience and a special ability to communicate and connect with novice students as well as with accomplished professional drummers. He thrived on sharing his deep and abiding love of drumming and the joy of creating music. He touched many lives, not just by helping students become better drummers, but helping them apply to their own lives the essential elements of learning music, including practice, routine, commitment, listening, creativity, and teamwork.
Dick made many lasting friendships during his more than sixty years in the music industry. In 2008, he was featured in an article in Modern Drummer Magazine, which highlighted his long and distinguished career.
He enjoyed listening to music, reading, writing, telling jokes, and tending his flower garden. He also enjoyed sailing with friends, dining out, and cooking. He especially loved vacationing with Mary on Martha's Vineyard.
Dick was an active member of the First Parish Universalist Church of Stoughton where he sang in the choir and served on several boards, including the Worship Committee.
Memorial Visiting Hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, QUINCY, on Friday, May 13 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. At the request of the family, interment and memorial services will be private. A service to celebrate Dick's life is being planned for a later date and will be open to all friends and family.
For those who wish, donations in Dick's memory may be made to First Parish Universalist Church of Stoughton, 790 Washington Street, Stoughton, MA 02072 or to a
You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.
Published in The Boston Globe on May 10, 2016