MIDDLETOWN, CT --- Joseph Salvatore Didato, 86, passed away peacefully on Saturday evening at his home.
Born, Jan. 15, 1929, he was the father of Tom Didato of Camden and the father-in-law of Susan (Sullivan) Didato, also of Camden.
Predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Ann Marie Didato, Didato leaves behind a daughter, Jo-Ann (Didato) Wollman, her husband Steve, both of Berlin, Ct., and their two children, Jillian Wollman of Norwalk, Ct. and Kyle Wollman, a college student in Boston. He was very involved in the lives and development of his two grandchildren.
He also leaves behind a sister, Lucy Talamona, of Middletown, a sister-in-law, Dot Didato of Middletown, and a sister- and brother-in-law, Cyril “Bud” and Jean Jackson of Cromwell, Ct. He was predeceased by three brothers, Carmelo, Sebastian “Mickey” and Paul Didato, a sister, Mary (Didato) Agnew and a brother-in-law, Robert Doolan.
Didato also leaves behind 20 nephews and nieces along with many other grand- and great-grand nephews and nieces as well as many cousins and friends.
He was the son of the late Salvatore and Sebastiana (Passinisi) Didato.
A graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Middletown, he was U.S. Army veteran who served in European theater. He worked for more than 30 years for Hartford Electric Light Company which later became Northeast Utilities, before his retirement.
Didato was an active and lifetime member of St. Sebastian’s Church in Middletown. He served as president of the St. Sebastian’s School PTO, was president of the church’s Holy Name Society and served as a volunteer for many years and was a member of the St. Sebastian’s Feast Committee along with several other church committees.
A former member of the Italian-American Civic Order in Middletown, he would later be accorded the honor of being named a lifetime member of the organization.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at D’Angelo Funeral Home in Middletown. A mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at St. Sebastian’s Church with an internment service to follow at St. Sebastian’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County