New London - Herman "Monte" O. DiPalma, 98, died peacefully at home Friday, May 3, 2013, with all his children and a sister-in-law at his side.
He was born on July 1, 1914, in Norwich, to the late Otto and Anna (DeGruttola) DiPalma. Monte graduated from Chapman Technical High School in New London.
He met the love of his life, Lucille, at Danceland at old Ocean Beach. They had six children to carry on the legacy of their love. He was owner of The Shoe Fix in downtown New London until the redevelopment project at the corner of Main and State streets. After the close of his shop, he was employed by Electric Boat in their computer department. He retired with 15 years service at age 65.
Monte had many fond memories of his career at EB and made many friends there. He was a longtime member of the Elks Club
, a favorite place where he and his wife went dancing (square dancing was a favorite) and took part in the minstrel shows popular in the 1950s.
After his retirement, they were able to visit their children and grandchildren in many states and were always "there" for special occasions. Monte's greatest pastime was hanging out with his wife at Ocean Beach Park in the summertime, sitting with a special group of friends in the same spot near the life guard stand down from the kiddiepool.
Monte is survived by two sons, Ronald DiPalma and his wife, Betty, of Philadelphia, Miss., and Monte E. DiPalma of Waterford; three daughters, Claire Peters of San Antonio, Texas, Lucille Tinnel and her husband, Bill, of Oakdale, and Linda DiPalma of New London; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson due in June; nephews, Dante and Raphael DeGruttola of Massachusetts, Vernon Peck of New Jersey, Richard, Lisa, and Ralph DiPalma of California; and sisters-in-law, Gervaise Gauvin of Taftville, Jeannine LaMothe of Groton, and Lorenza St. George of Taftville; and many other nephews and nieces.
Monte was predeceased by his wife of 73 years, Lucille in November 2012; an infant son, Robert; a sister, Venus; brothers, Ernest and Ralph; two granddaughters, Stephanie Tinnel and Dee Ann DiPalma; granddaughter-in-law, Julie Peters; and son-in-law, Col. Don Peters.
Visitation hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2013, at Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington St., New London. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2013, at St. Mary's Star of The Sea Church, 10 Huntington St., New London, followed by entombment at St. Mary's Mausoleum. A reception will be held at the DiPalma residence following the service at the mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the restoration project at St. Mary's Church, (the DiPalma's were supporters of this project), or Center for Hospice Care Southeast Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360, (they attended to Mr. and Mrs. DiPalma's needs in their last days).
Please visit www.byles.com
for directions, to sign his guest book, or to share a memory.