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DIMARTINO, JOSEPH On 8-29-14, at home, Joseph DiMartino, 89, husband of Carol Proto DiMartino and lifelong New Haven resident, passed away in the presence of family. Joe was born in Fair Haven in 1925, the 5th of seven children and the first born in America to his late parents, Guiseppe and Serafina DiPrinzio DiMartino. Growing up during the Great Depression, Joe left Hillhouse H.S. at 16 to work at the Lynnbrook Soda Co. alongside his oldest brother, the late Guido DiMartino. He later secured work with the railroad, working alongside his father as a boiler tender, stoking the fire boxes of steam locomotives. In April, 1943, Joe received his draft notice and opted to join the Navy. He became a Machinist Mate 3rd class on the U.S.S. Forrest, DD 461, based in Boston. He was responsible for maintaining the ship’s capability to make fresh water, a job designated as “Water King.” Joe’s ship saw extensive duty in the North Atlantic and participated in the Normandy D-Day invasion of 6-6-44, and the invasion of southern France. Converted to a minesweeper, Joe’s ship was sent to the Pacific for the invasion of Okinawa in April, 1945. Heavily damaged by a kamikaze suicide plane, Joe helped bring the resulting fires under control. Honorably discharged in 1946, he received the WWll, European, Asiatic and American campaign medals. In 1947, Joe and Carol were married. After briefly returning to his pre-war railroad job, Joe worked for 28 yrs. at Federal Paper Board which closed in 1974. Joe’s part- time business since 1949 as an installer of aluminum products then became full- time. This business, now known as DiMartino Home Improvement, has been very ably continued by his youngest son, David. Joe’s ability in his field of work was unmatched. He had a reputation of doing the job right the first time and many companies sought his labor. Joe also savored any opportunity to help out family, friends and neighbors. His advice and assistance was frequently requested. Joe loved time spent with family and was able to visualize the future through his grandchildren, Janna, Gerard, Kristy, Joseph III, Lauren, Jessica, Madison, Anthony, Miranda, Bella and great-grandchildren, Gianni, Juliana, Isadora, Blake, Carissa and new born Cameron, who he got to see and hold with great pride. Joe was a member of the First Independent Club, St. Andrew society and the Annex Club. He enjoyed being a fan of the Yankees and UConn basketball. Joe and Carol took several regional vacations as members of the Friendship Club and traveled to Italy four times. Joe was also pre-deceased by his brother Jerry and sisters, Carmel Pantalone, Vera Tacuone and Gloria Pero. Besides his wife, he is survived by a sister, Anna Piscatelli and his children, Joseph Jr. (Nydia), Robert, Karen (Anthony) Zimbardi, and David (Cherie). Family thanks Hospice for the care provided. His funeral will leave the IOVANNE FUNERAL HOME, INC. 11 Wooster Pl., Tuesday morning at 9:30 for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Michael’s Church at 10. Burial with full military honors will follow in All Saints Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Monday from 4-8pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Orchard House 421 Shore Drive, Branford, CT 06405 or Connecticut Hospice 100 Double Beach Rd. Branford, CT 06405. Sign Joe’s guest book online at www.iovanne.com

Published in The New Haven Register on Aug. 31, 2014
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