SHELBURNE - Dario Charles Giannoni, 95, of the Shores at Shelburne Bay, died peacefully Thursday night, Nov. 8, 2012, at his home. His family had been at his bedside.
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Born in Barre City March 5, 1917, he was the son of Charles Peter and Alice (Mariotti) Giannoni. He attended Barre schools and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1936.
Following the death of his father in 1937, he went to Elberton, Ga., to work for an uncle in the granite business. On July 31, 1942, he married Pauline Canales in Elberton. Following their marriage, they lived there and later lived in Bristol, Va., where he operated a retail monument business.
Following his graduation from the Bowman Technical School in Lancaster, Pa., as a master watchmaker, he and Pauline moved to Barre in 1953 and opened the D.C. Giannoni Jewelry Store on Barre's Main Street. In 1973, they sold the business and moved to Florida, where they lived until 1997.
Following their return to Vermont, they lived in Williston. Pauline died Jan. 4, 2007. For the past year, Dario has resided at the Shores at Shelburne Bay.
A veteran of the U.S. Army service in World War II, he served in the Engineer Corps in the African and European theater of operations and was discharged in 1945.
He enjoyed bowling, mushrooming, his house pets, especially his constant cat companion Sasha, the Boston Red Sox and was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.
His memberships included the Hedding United Methodist Church of Barre, the Mutuo Inc., and he was a life member of Barre Elks Lodge 1535. Being a Scottish Rites Mason, he belonged to Granite Masonic Lodge 35, Barre Council 22 R and SM, Granite Chapter 26 RAM, St. Aldemar Commandery 11 K.T., and the Square and Compass Club, all of Barre, and Mount Sinai Shrine Temple 3 in Montpelier. He was also a 32nd degree Mason.
Besides his daughter, Mary Alice Giannoni, and her husband, Jerry Switzer, of Shelburne, he leaves two grandsons, Alexander and Grey Switzer; his sister, Nelda Giannoni Rossi, and her husband, Lawrence; sister-in-law, Jeannine Vigneaut Giannoni; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Pauline, and his brother, Charles Giannoni.
His funeral will be held Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre. Burial will follow in the Hope Cemetery in Barre.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, Nov. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, VT 05403.
Dario's family wishes to thank Dr. Frank Landry and all of the staff at the Shores at Shelburne Bay for their wonderful care and concern for his well-being.
Published in Times Argus on Nov. 10, 2012