Anthony R. DiPietro, age 77 of Paoli died suddenly on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. He is survived by his wife Maria (nee Finocchio) with whom he shared 53 years of marriage and his two children; Dani and Tony, Jr.
Tony is also survived by his two sisters; Cathy and Meg DiPietro. He was predeceased by sisters; Marie Russo and Theresa DiJulio. He is also survived by three nieces, a nephew and their children and brother in law Vincent Finocchio.
Born in Philadelphia, Tony was the son of the late Anthony and Margaret (nee Mirra) DiPietro. Tony graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School, class of 1959 and then Villanova University, class of 1969 where he studied business. Tony served in Vietnam in the United States Army and went on to work for Burroughs Corporation and then followed in his father’s footsteps as a Real Estate broker. Tony later went on to become a Real Estate appraiser in 1975, earning his SRA designation. Tony was a Realtor Emeritus on the Board of Suburban West REALTORS Association, serving since 1972. Tony appraised over 11,000 properties.
Tony was a member of the St. Norbert Community in Paoli, where he was an usher for over 25 years. He was a founding member and obtained his 4th degree from the Knights of Columbus, St. Norbert Council where he served as former Grand Knight and District Deputy. Tony was also a founding member of the Father Emil Kapaun Assembly where he served a term as Faithful Navigator and in the Color Corps.
Tony was instrumental in starting a program within the Assembly that welcomed newly naturalized citizens four times each year, recognizing their achievement with a certificate at the Media Courthouse. Tony was a member of the Freedoms Foundation and his passion for his Country led him to be active in the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program. He will always be remembered for his spirit of service, commitment to the St. Norbert Community and dedication to family and friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of life on Tuesday, May 14th. A viewing will be held at St. Norbert Church, 50 Leopard Road, Paoli PA 19301 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM with a funeral mass to follow at noon. A private interment will be held at St. Denis Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions in Tony’s name be made to Freedoms Foundation VALLEY FORGE CHAPTER, 710 Norristown Road, Horsham PA 19044.