Joseph P. DiMaria

Born: Wed., Oct. 5, 1955
Died: Wed., Jun. 5, 2019


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Jun. 10, 2019
Location: Rocco Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Tue., Jun. 11, 2019
Location: St. Anthony Church

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Joseph Phillip DiMaria, 63, of Derry, NH and native of Everett, MA passed away on June 5, unexpectedly due to recently developed heart complications.

Joe was born on October 5,1955 to the late Josephine (Polcari) and Peter DiMaria of Everett, MA. He graduated from Everett High School in 1973 before becoming an electrician in the City of Everett’s wire department. He transitioned to a project technician in Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) micro technology lab where he worked for 22 years. He then moved along to Axsun Technologies and Luminous Technologies as a senior engineering technician, worked a brief stint alongside his son Peter at NETR Inc., and then Airex Filter Corporation before retiring. Bored with idle time and nothing else to organize or fix at home, Joe came out of retirement and thoroughly enjoyed working with coworkers and customers in the garden department at Walmart in Derry, NH, imparting years of green-thumbed wisdom.

Joe was a fun-loving prankster and the king of dad jokes, known to go out of his way to crack a smile or a laugh at every opportunity. He was an avid fish fanatic since childhood, curating and building marine tanks that received recognition from the New England Aquarium. He was a natural born drummer, creating recognizable beats any chance he could at home and with his bandmates in several bands throughout his life. He was the unofficial engineer, carpenter, and handyman of his family, friends, and neighbors, creating brilliant solutions to common problems, and could always be counted on for out-of-the-box ideas.

He will be dearly missed by his son Peter DiMaria and his wife Alyssa, son Nicholas DiMaria and his wife Kristina, and daughter Laura DiMaria and her partner Ashley Mayerjak. He is also lovingly remembered by his sister Diane Restaino and her husband Bobby, niece Gina Marian and her husband Matt, late nephew Victor Restaino II, first wife Nancy (Colameta) Hardin, second wife Anna LaRocca, stepdaughter Lola Farra and her husband Robert, and stepdaughter Elena Ferdinand and her husband Bob. He’ll fondly look over his grandchildren, whom he adored, Marcella and Mattea DiMaria, Anna and Alex Farra, and Alivia Ferdinand, and his greatnephew Joey Marian and greatniece Mattea Marian. He is also survived by many fun and loving cousins, extended family, friends, and coworkers.

Funeral from the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main Street, Everett on Tuesday, June 11 at 9:00 am. A Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 38 Oakes Street, Everett at 10:00 am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are Monday, June 10 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Interment will be at a later date in Woodlawn Cemetery. Complimentary valet parking Monday at Main Street entrance.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association in loving memory of Joe DiMaria.

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Katherine Donovan
   Posted Thu June 06, 2019

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Kate .

Jenny Ferry
   Posted Fri June 07, 2019
Awe Joe, I’m so very sorry for your passing! You and I have had so much fun together. Thank you so much my beautiful friend! Thank you for being so loving, kind, gentle, caring, and sharing with me about your fish tank! You will be missed! Sorry you never made it to Florida! Thanks for the nickname cutie pie! Your a gentle soul! Wonder if your watching me now knowing I’m here as I’m working with this one? Thanks for being you Joe love you always!

Steven Luongo
   Posted Fri June 07, 2019
My condolences to all of the DiMaria family. Joe was a great guy. I haven't seen him much in recent years, but we go way back. Sunday School at St. Anthony's, our ninth grade class at the Parlin was memorable and then, EHS. Joe always made you laugh! He was a good friend! He will be missed!

Diane Buttimer
   Posted Fri June 07, 2019
Love and prayers, Nicky and Kristina.

Roberta Harriman
   Posted Fri June 07, 2019
I am deeply saddened by the loss. Joe was a great guy, good sense of humor, loving father, grandfather, and uncle.
My deepest condolences to the entire family.

Jim Carter
   Posted Fri June 07, 2019
Joe was one of my favorite people at MIT. Sorry I did not keep in contact with him as we grew older but not up. Condolences to the family. He will be missed, I am sure.

Carol Santacroce Potter
   Posted Fri June 07, 2019
Dear Diane I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear brother. He was a good person and a talented musician. My he rest in peace with your parents and his loving nephew Vic.❤❤❤

Jennifer Ashley
   Posted Fri June 07, 2019
Peter I am so very sorry for your family's loss. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

   Posted Sat June 08, 2019
We here at Walmart Lawn and Garden center are deeply,deeply saddened by the passing of Joe!!! He was an amazing, caring, gentle soul whose loss leaves a great hole in our team. He was a hard worker even when we told him to take it easy.. (he never listened) We all send our prayers and strength to your family to get you thru this difficult time. He will forever be in our hearts!

Mei hua Fu
   Posted Sat June 08, 2019


Blessings, peace, and prayers! from all of us at Malden Everett Head Start

ron stoute
   Posted Mon June 10, 2019
joe, i am so sorry to hear that you have passed away. i met you at MIT in 1997 when i first started at MTL. you were welcoming and and you were a joy to work with. you were a tireless worker that built most of the piping in the lab; you tackled every task with gusto. and i will never forget your sense of humor and your love for your kids that you spoke about and of which we lovingly knew everything about. when you switched jobs your loss left a huge void in our lab. we missed hearing about peter, nick and laura. the last time i spoke to you you were looking forward to spending time with your grand kids and watching them grow up. rest in peace, joe!

Wayne Price
   Posted Mon June 10, 2019
Pete, Nick and Laura your dad was one hell of a guy I had the pleasure of working alongside him for 4 years at MIT then worked with him at Axsun.. I started at MIT's MTL in 1997 the moment I met Joe his sense of humor was evident. The first time I worked with him his knowledge and talent to solve problems was clear. He took me under his wing and I appreciated that. His favorite subject to talk about was his kids. I am sorry for your loss. I will remember "Joe D"!

John & Amelia Pretigiovanni
   Posted Mon June 10, 2019
John and I are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend Joe. He was one great guy, always with a smile on his face and a big heart. May he Rest in Peace. We pray that God gives his family the strength you will all need to get you through this very sad time in your lives.

George Palazzo
   Posted Mon June 10, 2019
I will miss you very much, I was lucky to have met you many years ago at luminus. We had a lot of fun and became close friends and for that I will always be greatful.
Love you Brother

George Palazzo
   Posted Mon June 10, 2019
I will miss you very much, I was lucky to have met you many years ago at luminus. We had a lot of fun and became close friends and for that I will always be greatful.
Love you Brother

Bill Zelonis
   Posted Mon June 10, 2019
I only knew Joe for a couple of years but really enjoyed his company and his sense of humor. We really enjoyed going out to breakfast or just getting together and listening to his stories and laughing.
We’ll miss you Joe!

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