Feliciano ‘Phil’ DiMascio, of Waltham, died on November 26, 2022 at CareOne in Lexington. He was 81.
Born in Italy on March 2, 1941 the son of the late Bernardino and Amelia DiMascio, Phil was raised and educated in Italy. As a boy, Phil’s father worked hard and made many sacrifices to support his family, traveling back and forth to the United States, working for a period of time, then returning home to Italy. This was Phil’s true education. His father’s example taught him what it takes to be successful and support his family. If nothing else he was hard-working and dedicated to his family.
In 1960, when he was just 20 he immigrated to the United States with a group of his friends. Settling in Brighton, he would soon meet the love of his life, Giustina Persechini, in the North End of Boston. In 1962, the two were married in St. Columbkille’s Church. They started their family in Brighton and eventually settled in Waltham.
First and foremost, Phil was a family man. He lived for their family gatherings every Sunday. The meal, usually prepared by Giustina, would be full of vegetables from his extensive garden, and some of his homemade wine; winemaking and his garden were two of Phil’s greatest passions. He also enjoyed Boston sports and was even part of the construction of the green monster seats when he worked with Walsh Brothers Inc.. His construction career spanned over many decades, working with various construction firms in the Boston area.
In addition to his wife Giustina (Persechini) DiMascio he leaves his son, Dino DiMascio and wife, Ann of Waltham, the late Emily A. (DiMascio) Kane, and husband Brian, his grandchildren, Justine, Alexander and Matthew Kane, Samantha and Michael DiMascio. He also leaves his sister Aguilina Susi, of Medford and his late sisters Gilda Dipetro and Elda Franciosa, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor and remember Phil’s life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, December 2nd from 4 to 7 p.m. and again at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Burial will follow in Newton Cemetery.