Obituary for Salvatore "Sal" Di Ciaccio
Di Ciaccio, Salvatore "Sal", of Attleboro, formerly of Waltham, died at his home peacefully with his family by his side on December 17th. Beloved husband of Nancy (Bossolo) Di Ciaccio and devoted father of Nicholas Di Ciaccio of Natick, Raymond Di Ciaccio and his wife Carla of Attleboro, and Antoinette Di Ciaccio and her husband Wayne Perregaux of Montour Falls, NY. Proud grandfather of Ray, Joseph, Brian and Jeffrey. Brother of Rosa Capomaccio of Gaeta, Italy and the late Angelina Pasciuto and Elisa Carbone. Also survived by his niece Maria Balurdi and other relatives in the US and Italy.
Salvatore lived a beautiful, long life. Let us share more about this remarkable man:
Salvatore was born to the late Nicola Di Ciaccio and Antonietta Valente in Gaeta, Italy on May 20, 1930. He was their only and beloved son and brother to sisters Angelina, Elisa, and Rosa. In 1956 he married his wife Annunziata “Nancy” Bossolo in Gaeta and immigrated to America in 1958 to reside in East Cambridge, MA. They began a new life in the United States with the comfort of other family members who immigrated in the preceding years.
Sal overcame many obstacles in his lifetime. At a young age he suffered a severe hip injury yet he went on to live a full life which included walking the last kilometer on the way to the top of Mount Vesuvius at the age of 67. He and his wife started their very first fitness program at the Attleboro YMCA when he was 80 years old. As a teenager, he also survived the German-occupation of Italy during World War II. After the war, he owned and operated a Wine and Food Shop which he left to family in Italy when he relocated to America.
In the United States, he and his wife Nancy went on to raise three children, Nicholas, Raymond, and Antoinette, who were the first generation of college graduates in the family. He had several occupations before establishing his 27-year career as a machinist at Wheeler Service in Cambridge, MA. Sal was quite a handy man who helped many with their home projects. He was the quintessential fixer-upper before This Old House began airing on the local PBS station in 1979.
His lifelong passion was gardening for which he was continually complimented. He loved to help others become better gardeners by sharing his knowledge and generously gave home grown fruits, vegetables and plants to neighbors, friends and relatives. He dabbled in wine-making and photography in his earlier years.
He was humble, generous and down-to-earth. Sal will be missed and his memory will be treasured.
Visiting hours will be held at DeVito Funeral Home, 761 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown on Thursday, Dec. 21st, from 3:00 to 7:30 PM. A funeral mass will be held at 9:00 AM, Dec. 22nd, at The Sacred Heart Church, 770 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown with entombment to follow at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Donations in Sal's memory may be made to the Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, Inc. 248 E. Chestnut Hill Rd., Suite 4, Newark, DE 19713 (www.cchfoundation.net) or the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601 (www.lung.org).