Anthony P. DiGeronimo

Was a chef, baker; lifelong Fitchburg resident

FITCHBURG -- Anthony P. DiGeronimo, 73, a longtime resident of Fitchburg, died Sunday, Nov. 18, in the Golden Living Center, 1199 John Fitch Highway, after an illness.

He was born at his parents' Fitchburg home on July 18, 1939, the oldest of six sons born to Anthony and Anna (Bodanza) DiGeronimo. He attended Fitchburg public schools.

Mr. DiGeronimo served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves during the late 1950s and had been a janitor in the Fitchburg Public School system.

Known as "Tony DiBaker," he worked at the former Lois Ann Bakery in Lunenburg before opening the Sweet Aroma bakery in 1975 in the former Victory Supermarket at Twin City Plaza. He was executive chef at Lawrence Academy in Groton from 1980 to 1982, and was head chef at Twin Oaks Restaurant in Sterling before retiring in 1983.

Mr. DiGeronimo was a music lover and enjoyed following local sports. He was a lifelong Fitchburg resident and a member of St. Anthony di Padua Church.

He is survived by three sons, Anthony J. "A.J." DiGeronimo and his wife, Susan, of Leominster, James DiGeronimo of Spencer, and Michael DiGeronimo of Fitchburg; four grandchildren, Laura DiGeronimo of Leominster, Brandon Roberto and Michaela Roberto, both of Leominster, and Anthony James DiGeronimo of Spencer; a sister, Grace Clark of Overland Park, Kansas; five brothers, Charles DiGeronimo of Phoenix, Ariz., Joseph DiGeronimo and his wife, Lynelle, of Savannah, Ga., John DiGeronimo of Alexandria, Va., Michael DiGeronimo and his wife, Kathy, of Fitchburg, and Stephen DiGeronimo and his wife, Susan, of Osterville; his former wife, Joanne Brazell of Fitchburg; and many nieces and nephews, grandnephews and grandnieces, and cousins and in-laws.

DIGERONIMO -- A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at St. Bernard's Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Road, is directing the funeral arrangements.

Funeral Home

Brandon Funeral Home - Fitchburg
305 Wanoosnoc Rd.  Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 343-4444

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise from Nov. 19 to Nov. 21, 2012