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Anthony DiLorenzo, 96, died peacefully on September 7, 2018. He was the beloved and devoted husband of the late Catherine Ruth (Doyle) DiLorenzo for 73 years. He leaves behind his son, Michael and his wife Laurie of Winchester; his daughter-in-law, Jane from Champlain, Minnesota; his daughter, Ruth Lynch and her husband Philip of Hanover; and his son, John from Ormond Beach, Florida. Anthony was the proud grandfather of fifteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Anthony, his granddaughter, Sarah, and his ten brothers and sisters. Anthony was born in Weymouth, and except for his military service, he spent his entire life in Weymouth, raising their children who were the pride of his life. Having been born during the Great Depression, the American Dream was a reality for Anthony. He enlisted in the 101st Infantry Massachusetts National Guard on March 27, 1939, and was ordered into active military service on January 16, 1941. He applied and immediately was accepted to attend Infantry Officer's School in Fort Benning, Georgia, and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant on August 13, 1942. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on September 21, 1943. During World War II, he crossed the English Channel and landed on the beach at Normandy. He fought across France, Belgium, and Germany with General Patton's 3rd Army and ended up in Czechoslovakia facing the Russians. He received a battlefield promotion to Captain on March 1, 1945. Of the thirty-eight officers in his battalion, when they landed in Normandy, Captain DiLorenzo was one of only three remaining original officers when they reached Czechoslovakia. During the fourteen months he was in Europe, he fought in the Battle of Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. His decorations include two Bronze Star Medals and his most prized decoration, the Combat Infantryman's Badge. Captain DiLorenzo returned to the United States in December 1945, and began an extensive military education. He graduated from the Advanced Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He completed courses at the Armored School, Transportation School, Air-Ground Operations School and many refresher courses at the Infantry and the Command General Staff College. In May 1953, after having been promoted to Major, he was promoted to Lt. Colonel in January 1958, and assigned as a commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, 101st Infantry. He was later promoted to Colonel in April 1965, and assigned to command the 1st Brigade, 26th Infantry Division. He was promoted to Brigadier General and later retired after forty-two years of military service. On June 11, 2006, General DiLorenzo had a square in East Weymouth named in his honor and on June 12, 2015, he was awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal from the Consul General of France. After his retirement, he became more involved in the food service industry and opened several restaurants in Hanover and Weymouth. His wife and sons, Anthony and John, supported him in these projects. After these businesses were sold, Anthony and his beloved wife traveled, including family trips to Italy and France. They spent over 30 years as "snowbirds" spending time in Florida playing golf and enjoying friends. Grandpa Di also loved a good game of poker. He was a member of the Sons of Italy and a member of the St. Francis Xavier Church in South Weymouth. When his wife become stricken with dementia, he cared for her with unconditional love and compassion. When she finally had to enter a nursing home, Grandpa visited her every day for two and a half years, helping to feed and care for Mimi. He kept that promise he made to her mother 73 years ago - that he would "always take good care of Ruth." Grandpa Di was a loving grandfather and great-grandfather and was so proud of the various and numerous accomplishments of his large family. Along with Mimi, they attended all the special family events, especially weddings and college graduations. Grandpa was the "leader" and Mimi was the "heart" of their large family and their memory and legacy will forever be apart of so many lives. Visiting hours in the Sullivan Funeral Homes, 551 Washington Street, Route 53, Hanover, on Monday from 4-7 p.m. Family and friends are invited to meet at St. Mary of the Sacred Heart Church, 392 Hanover Street, Rte 139, Hanover, at 9 a.m. Burial to follow with military honors at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, South Weymouth. For directions and to sign Anthony's online guest book, visit www.SullivanFuneralHomes.com.
Published in The Patriot Ledger on Sept. 8, 2018
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