Robert J. “Bob” DiMartino, age 88, of Braintree, died peacefully, Monday, January 7, 2019 at the Seasons Hospice Inpatient Center in Milton, in the comfort of his loving family.
Bob was born in Medford to the late Francis and Josephine (Amaru) DiMartino. Raised in Medford, he was a graduate of Medford High School. He had lived in Braintree for fifty-eight years and previously spent several years in Quincy.
He was in the confectionery industry as a candy salesman and broker for more than 50 years. He worked for brands such as the New England Confectionery Company, the parent company of Necco and Candy Cupboard Chocolates. He was also the co-owner of a candy brokerage business, the former DiMartino & Martone Company. Following that he worked for other brokerage firms such as St. Hilaire Enterprises and ended his career with BCM Sales. He was active in the industry as an officer and member of the former New England Confectionery Club.
Bob was a decorated Korean War veteran having served in the U.S. Army. He was the recipient of the Combat Infantry Badge, the Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars and an ROK Presidential Unit Citation. Recently, he was awarded a Citation from the Massachusetts State Senate in recognition of his outstanding military service.
He was an outgoing individual who loved to work around his home and to entertain family, friends and clients in his backyard by the pool. He also enjoyed traveling with his late wife, Mae. Most of all, Bob’s passion was for his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Beloved husband for sixty-two years of the late Mary F. “Mae” (Happel) DiMartino. Devoted father of Richard A. DiMartino and his wife Karen of Westwood and Dawn M. DiMartino and her husband Joseph Reynolds of Braintree. Loving grandfather of Jessica Stanley and her husband Zachary of Westwood and Richard Andrew DiMartino and his wife Lindsey of Medford. Cherished great grandfather of Reed and Eleanor Stanley.
Mr. DiMartino was the last of six brothers and is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Tuesday, January 15th at 9:30 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 856 Washington Street, Braintree at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours at the funeral home Monday 4 – 7 p.m. Interment with Military Honors at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.
For those who wish, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association of MA, 1661 Worcester Road, Suite 301, Framingham, MA 01701.
You are invited to visit thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.