Lifelong Greenport resident James Dinizio Sr. passed away Jan. 23, 2016, at San Simeon by the Sound Nursing Home in Greenport.
Born in Greenport May 5, 1930, he was the son of Diletta (Mazzaferro) and Antonio Dinizio. James graduated from Greenport High School in 1948 and was president of his senior class. Upon graduation, James enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served during the Korean War aboard the USS Newport News.
James married Marie Drumm June 6, 1951 and was married to her for 64 years at the time of his death.
James was employed as an appliance repairman, as well as being a projectionist at Greenport Theatre and Skyway Drive-In.
He was a communicant for St. Agnes Church in Greenport; a member of Greenport Drum and Bugle Corps; a member of the Greenport Fire Department (having earned the title of “Fireman of the Year” in 1975 for helping to construct the first rescue truck for the department); a member of Catholic War Veterans; Amici Club and a member of Greenport School Board of Education from 1977 to 1983. In his retirement he enjoyed being a volunteer at the Greenport Carousel.
He was predeceased by his sister, Grace Tyrer and brother, Albert Dinizio. He is survived by his wife, Marie, as well as children, Joylene Dinizio Navarro (Ralph) of Marlboro, Mass., James Jr. (Joan) of Greenport, Cynthia Tooker (Mathew) of Centerville, Mass., Teresa O’Connell (Kevin) of Newburgh, Ind. and Michael Dinizio (Christine) of Marietta, Ga; nine grandchildren and three great-grandsons. He is also survived by his brothers Louis of Southold and Anthony and William, both of Greenport and a sister, Anna Cook of San Diego, Calif.
Services will be held at Horton-Mathie Funeral Home Wednesday, Jan. 27, and a Mass of Christian burial is being held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at St. Agnes R. C. Church in Greenport, officiated by Fr. Richard Hoerning. Burial will take place at the church cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305 or John’s Place (St. Agnes Church).
This is a paid notice.