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Gaetano P. Guy DiGiovanni, 94, of Concord died Monday June 20, 2016 at his Concord home. He was the beloved husband of the late Teresa E. (Caruso) DiGiovanni, who died in November 2011, and the father of Mary Ann of Belmont, Mildred of Hyannis, Teresa MacNutt of Belmont, Debra Ann King and her husband Stephen of Andover, Elaine Canina of Waltham, Ellen of NYC and James of Concord. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and was the brother of Rocco and Silvio, both of Belmont, Anthony of Lexington, Anna Maguire of Belmont, Mary DeStefano of Belmont and the late Louis, Joseph, Vincent and Charles. A graduate of Belmont High School, he later received a BA degree from Bentley College. Mr. DiGiovanni was a veteran of WW II in the U.S. Army, landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Amongst his many military awards received were the Distinguished Unit Badge and the Arrowhead medal in recognition of being one of the first soldiers landing on enemy held territory. In 2015 he was awarded by the French Consul General on behalf of the French government, a Chevalier de la Legion d Honneur, Frances highest civil and military distinction, for his courage during the Normandy campaign in June 1944. He was the founder and owner since 1964 of Period Realty Trust of Concord. He was also the developer of Wedgewood Common, Concord Crossing and Warner Woods, all in Concord, amongst other properties. In 1975 he received an award from the Concord Bi-Centennial Committee for housing honored guests in his properties on Bartlett Hill Road during the April 19th celebration. One of the founders of Concord Business Partnership, he was also a long time member of Rotary Club of Concord where he was recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award. He was a former Treasurer of Concord Lions Club, and was awarded 1992 Business Person of the Year by Concord Chamber of Commerce. 1960, he was one of the founding members of the Lexington Lodge of Elks. He was a major contributor to many philanthropic endeavors including the Beede Center in Concord, the "Concord Open" Golf Tournament through the Recreation Commission, and the Teresa E. DiGiovanni Scholarship with the Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund. Also was a long time contributor to Emerson Hospital with the new Hospital entrance recently dedicated to his late wife Teresa, and to the Concord Free Public Library with the new Sudbury Road Library entrance also dedicated to his late wife. He was a co-sponsor of the Concord Fireworks display put on for the Town for both Year 2000 celebration and the Towns 375th birthday celebration in 2010. Visiting hours at the Dee Funeral Home, 27 Bedford Street, Concord Center will be held on Thursday June 23rd from 3 to 8 pm. Funeral and burial are private. Concords town flag will fly at half-staff on Friday June 24th in recognition of Mr. DiGiovannis service to his country during World War II. Donations in his memory may be made to Emerson Hospital Foundation, c/o Development Office, 133 ORNAC, Concord, MA 01742. Arrangements are under the care of Charles W. Dee and Susan M. Dee, Dee Funeral Home of Concord. To share a remembrance in Mr. DiGiovannis guest book please visit www.deefuneral home.com.
Published in The Country Gazette from June 21 to June 28, 2016
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