Thomas J. Ditello
1931 - 2021
Dery Funeral Home
54 Bradford Street
Pittsfield, MA
Thomas John Ditello, 89, of Lanesboro, MA, passed away May 5, 2021 at his home.

He was born in Pittsfield, MA on October 4, 1931 to the late Alfonso and Laura Caliento Ditello.

Thomas attended Pittsfield schools and was a 1949 graduate of Pittsfield High School, where he was on the football team.

He was a member of the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1954 and spent one year in Korea. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Airman First Class.

After serving with the military, he served a three year apprenticeship in Troy, NY learning the trade of Jeweler (Hand Made) and he completed a course in Diamond Grading and Evaluation from the Gemological Institute of America.

A loving couple since 1985, he married the former Phyllis L. Pemble on February 19, 2013.

Mr. Ditello worked as a jeweler alongside his brother, James, at James Jewelers in Pittsfield since 1970, until the store's closing in December of 2007.

He was a fan of Frank Sinatra and enjoyed singing Sinatra tunes at Karaoke at the Park Square Grill and at family functions. He was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan.

Thomas was one of the founders of CIAO in 1999. He received the "Thank You For Your Service" Award in 2019 from CIAO. He also served as club Chaplain, opening each meeting with a blessing.

He was a member of the Pittsfield Rotary since 1976, where he had received the Paul Harris Fellow Award. He served on the board of directors for CIAO of the Berkshires, the YMCA, as well as the Pittsfield Rotary, where he also was involved in the Pancake Breakfast and the Rotary Auction. Thomas was also a member of the Sons of Italy ITAM Lodge 564, and loved to play handball at the YMCA four times a week.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Phyllis Ditello of Lanesboro. Two sisters, Phyllis Bona and husband Ed of Pittsfield, MA and Carole Gale of Merritt Island, FL. Three brothers, Louis Ditello and wife Beverly of Pittsfield, James Ditello of Pittsfield, and David Ditello and wife Bonnie of Pittsfield. Four brothers-in-law, Earl and Jody Pemble, Gary and Kathy Pemble, and David and Kim Pemble and Robert Mollison, as well as two sisters-in-law, Roseann Pharmer and Shirley Quail and husband David. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Sam, Vincent, and Joseph Ditello, sister-in-law, Nancy Ditello, brother-in-law, Ken Gale, and two sisters-in-law, Marcella Mollison and Sandy Lubold and her husband Charles Lubold, and brother-in-law, Paul Pharmer.

Thank you to his caregivers, Jermaine, Tracy, Stacy, Lindsey and the Hospice Nurses, especially Dawn for their compassionate care.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Graveside services will be held, Friday, May 14, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Pittsfield Cemetery, with Rev. Peter A. Gregory officiating. Those attending are asked to meet inside the gate at 10:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to CIAO of the Berkshires or to the Pittsfield Rotary Club in care of Dery Funeral Home, 54 Bradford St, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Published by The Berkshire Eagle on May 12, 2021.
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Dear Family of Thomas Ditello,

Our deepest condolences on the loss of your loving Tommy. We wish you peace and comfort at this great time of sadness. We knew him for many years and enjoyed his friendship. He always had a smile on his face, and was happy to see his friends whenever they came into James Jewelers to say hello. His laughter was contagious and we feel fortunate to have known him. Vaya Con Dios, Tommy .
Harry and Marilyn Ladopoulos
May 18, 2021
Phyllis, Jim and family,
So sorry to learn of Tommy's passing. I always enjoyed Tommy's company. We shared many a laugh together. He will be missed by many, and will be in our thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace my friend.

Mark Quadrozzi
May 17, 2021
Sorry for your loss.
Theresa Abbott miner
May 16, 2021
Jim & Family, I am so very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. A true gentlemen who will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jim Boland
May 14, 2021
Phyllis, Lou, Bev, & Ditello Family, We were so sad to learn of Tom’s passing. We will always remember what a true gentleman he was & the fun we had listening to him sing many Frank Sinatra tunes on various occasions. He was a wonderful person. Our deepest condolences go out to Phyllis & the Ditello family during this difficult time. Bob & Debbie Galvagni
Bob & Debbie Galvagni
May 14, 2021
My condolences to the Ditello family on the loss of Tom, He was a great man
Ricky Polidoro
May 13, 2021
My condolences to the family. May the fond memories be a comfort and always be with you
John Bernardo
May 13, 2021
Our sincere condolences to Jimmy, Phyllis & Family. What a wonderful friend and gentleman Tommy was. He always displayed his genuine gentleman demeanor and his wit whenever I saw him. I have many memories of playing handball with Tommy at the YMCA. Stopping in regularly at James Jewelers on North St. and exchanging conversations.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Chico & Patty Martin
May 12, 2021
It’s with great sadness I say goodbye to my friend Tommy and my deepest sympathies and condolences goes out to Phyllis and the entire Ditello family. I would like to think Tommy is with the boys playing handball Dom Dascani, Mo Landa, John Quilan and Paul Soldato all members of the YMCA Men’s Health Club and we had great times. I remember shopping on North Street at Christmas time it wasn’t complete unless you stopped in at James Jewelers to see Tommy and Jimmy and for some Christmas Cheer Italian pastries and beverages. R.I.P. Tom walk with Angels
Bill Wheat
May 12, 2021
So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was a true gentleman, a master craftsman and a kind soul. It was a pleasure to know him. May his memory be a blessing to those loved ones he leaves behind.
Rick Stohr
May 12, 2021
Phyllis, So sorry for your loss
Bill Kellogg
May 12, 2021
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