Vito Di Benedetto

Vito Di Benedetto

Monday, December 19th, 1932 Saturday, March 28th, 2020

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Obituary for Vito Di Benedetto

Vito Di Benedetto, 87,
Long-time NYCHA District Supervisor and Family Man

Vito Di Benedetto, 87, of Dongan Hills, died peacefully on March 28, 2020 at the Addeo Hospice Residence.

Born in Catania, Italy, on December 19, 1932, to Arcangelo and Grazia Di Benedetto, he experienced the devastation and destruction caused by the Second World War. At age 15, in 1948, Mr. Di Benedetto and his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Brooklyn, NY. In 1950, his family moved to Rosebank, Staten Island where he attended Ralph McKee High School in the evening and earned a diploma in building technology. During the Korean War, Mr. Di Benedetto worked for the Department of Defense manufacturing uniforms for the Air Force.

In 1959, Mr. Di Benedetto returned to Catania, Italy for vacation and met Carmela, the love of his life, and the couple married the same year. They settled in Rosebank where they had their two children, Grace and Angelo, and later moved to their current residence in Dongan Hills. From 1968 to 1972, Mr. Di Benedetto attended night school at the Institute of Design and Construction in Brooklyn, affiliated with Long Island College, where he studied construction and architectural drafting.

Mr. Di Benedetto worked as a Local 60 plasterer from 1955 to 1972. He became a plasterer with the New York City Housing Authority in 1972 and worked his way up the ranks to become a District Supervisor of Plasterers, retiring in 1994.

Mr. Di Benedetto was wholeheartedly devoted to his family, and he found great pleasure in his work. He had a work ethic like no other. In his leisure time, he enjoyed tending to his backyard garden, experimenting with the newest technology, cooking Italian dishes, reading, listening to Italian opera, photography, and drawing. From 1972 to 1986, he was an officer of the Bradley Avenue Republican and Social Club. In addition, he was a long-time parishioner of Saint Ann’s R.C. Church. Mr. Di Benedetto was especially fond of his three grandchildren, often sharing stories of the old days. For those who knew him, he was a strong, quiet, and kind man with an excellent sense of humor. He worked his entire life to provide for his family, and he was selfless in all that he did. Mr. Di Benedetto is the exemplar of a dedicated father and husband.

He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 61 years, Carmela Di Benedetto, his two children, Grace (Di Benedetto) Medina and Angelo Di Benedetto, his three grandchildren, Victoria Medina, Alexandra Medina, and Matthew Di Benedetto, his daughter-in-law, Melissa (Ferraro) Di Benedetto, and four siblings, Vita Iosue (Dominick Iosue), Salvatore Di Benedetto (Mary Di Benedetto), Josephine Swiderski (Alexander Swiderski), and Paul Di Benedetto (Lynn Di Benedetto). He is predeceased by his brother, Joseph Di Benedetto (Grace Di Benedetto), and son-in-law, Juan Antonio Medina.

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, there will be a limited visitation. A wake will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 from 10:00 to 12:00 PM at Colonial Funeral Home, Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island for close family and friends. The entombment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery for the immediate family. In consideration of the current public health crisis, the Di Benedetto family understands if you are unable to attend the services. In lieu of flowers, masses can be said in his name, or donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Colonial Funeral Home
    2819 Hylan Boulevard
    Staten Island, NY
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    Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
    10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Service

    Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Colonial Funeral Home
    2819 Hylan Blvd
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    Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
  • Interment

    Resurrection Cemetery (Staten Island)
    361 Sharrott Ave.
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Grace Medina

My father kept a garden. A garden of the heart; he planted healthy foods that’s gave my life it’s start. He turned me to the sunshine and encouraged me to dream: fostering and nurturing the seeds of self-esteem. And when the rains and wind came, he protected me enough but not too much, he knew I’d need to stand up strong and tough. His constant good example, always taught me right from wrong; markers of my pathway to last my whole life long. I am my father’s garden. I am his legacy And I hope today he feels the love reflected back from me.
Rest In Peace daddy.
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