Francis R. Dittami Jr.October 14,2013Francis R. Dittami Jr.
SALISBURY — Francis Randolph “Frank” Dittami Jr., age 74, died Friday, October 11, 2013, at his home in Salisbury.
Mr. Dittami was born in Winsted, Conn., on January 27, 1939. He was the son of Francis and Rose (Cuneo) Dittami. He received his early education in Medford, Mass., schools and graduated from Framingham (Mass.) High School, class of 1957. He earned his degree in education from Worcester State College. Frank had taught for a few years before joining the staff at General Motors in Framingham, Mass. He retired as a supervisor from G.M. in 1994, following 30 years of service. He had been a permanent resident of Salisbury since 1994, moving here from Newark, Del. Frank had served the Town of Salisbury as a two-term member of the Salisbury Select Board, a town auditor, town constable and the board of civil authority as a justice of the peace. He had driven school bus for Otter Valley Union High School for 15 years. He enjoyed motorcycles, auto repair and loved the opera. Frank was an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan.
Surviving are his wife, Ann Dittami of Salisbury, whom he married in Framingham, Mass., on July 11, 1987; three sons, Mark Dittami of Newark, Del., Anthony Dittami of California, Md., and Randy Dittami of Tamarack, Fla.; three daughters, Maryanne Watson of Fall River, Mass., Theresa Barrows of Milford, Mass., and Kerry Keichline of Wilmington, Del.; his siblings, Peter and Louise Dittami of Framingham, Mass., Alex and Kathy Dittami of Hampton Falls, N.H., Margaret Dittami of Sandwich, Mass., John Dittami of Vienna, Austria, Mary Rose Wells and Greg Wells of Milford, Mass., Louis and Pat Dittami of Milford, Mass., Richard Dittami of Nova Scotia and James and Marisal Dittami of Princeton, Mass. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive him. He was predeceased by his parents, a sister, Joan Dittami, and a daughter, Lisa Marie Dittami.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon. The Rev. Ruel Tumangday will be the celebrant. Following the ceremony, the family will receive friends at The Lilac Inn for a time of fellowship and remembrance. A private graveside committal service and burial will take place at a later date in Holman Cemetery in Salisbury.
Friends may call at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon on Tuesday, October 15, from 6-8 p.m., where a vigil service will be held at 7:45 p.m.
Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, may be made in his memory to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.
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