OBIT: Tony DiGiacomandrea, 89, Hard Working Family Man

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Tony DiGiacomandrea

Tony DiGiacomandrea

Anthony (Tony) DiGiacomandrea was born in Acton on April 27, 1929. He grew up in a farm house in Acton where his father and uncle owned and ran a concrete block company for several years. The family moved to Watertown when Tony was still young where he spent his entire life.

After a brief illness, on March 12, 2019, at the age of 89, Tony passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family.

Tony was a hard-working blue collar guy. He spent his early life working all sorts of jobs everything from lugging blocks of ice down the Cape to Lewandos dry cleaners in Watertown Square. He never shied away from hard work. He applied for a job at Sherman Paper in Newton on Oak Street Where he retired from after working 43 years! But, the best part of the years there would be when he met Anita.

Tony and Anita met at work where they became dear friends and with a strong friendship evolved into a loving relationship. Tony and Anita married June 30, 1967 and started a wonderful family.

Tony was always around to help friends with projects whether it was fixing up a house helping out with someone’s car to helping out down at the diner with his sisters and brother in law.

After Tony retired from the paper mill. It only took him a few weeks before he needed something to do. He was offered a job at a dear friend’s gas station where he pumped gas in the mornings for a few hours. He loved the customers and all the at work banter. 

During his life and retirement Tony enjoyed traveling on the weekends all over New England. Tony loved taking his family up to New Hampshire for vacations to Meredith and Laconia. He loved his bowling leagues with all his friends, being around his family for a cookout or a card game. Whether it’s down to the Cape or up to Maine for a hot dog at Flo’s. He also enjoyed his time in Georgia visiting his grandchildren, and all over Massachusetts for dinners and Black Russians.

Tony always kept us smiling with his stories or one liners.

Tony always enjoyed visiting with his 10 grandchildren, one great grandchild and was happy to hear he was soon to become a great grandfather once again. 

Beloved husband for 51 years of Anita L. (Kulesza). Loving father of Robert W. and his wife Lyn of Mableton, Ga., Darlene L. Jabs and her husband Walter of Manyard, Linda J. Tardif and her husband Erik of Natick, Anthony P. Jr and his fiancée’ Colleen O’Brien of Watertown, and the late Diane M. Turner and her surviving husband Matthew Turner.

He was also a loving grandfather to 10 grandchildren: Jay, Rita, Ashley, Carl, Stephen, Dominic, Erik Jr, Camryn, Shawn, and Caleigh. And one great grandchild, Ava Diane.

A Funeral Service will be held in the MacDonald, Rockwell & MacDonald Funeral Home, 270 Main St. Watertown, MA 02472 on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 11 a.m. Relatives & friends kindly invited.

Visiting hours Sunday 2-6 p.m. Interment Ridgelawn Cemetery.

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