Stephen R. Dagata

July 9, 2008

Stephen R. Dagata
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

STEPHEN R. DAGATA – in Woburn, July 9th. Beloved husband of Adeline M. (Petrillo) Dagata. Devoted father of Stephen R. Dagata, Anthony J. Dagata and his wife Karen, and Marion A. Harris and her husband Carl, all of Woburn, and Joseph A. Dagata of Perris, CA. Loving grandfather of Deirdre and Stephen Dagata III, Patrick Demasi, Anthony, Jr., Patrice, Amber, Krystelle, and Kyle Dagata, and Laurie, Amy, and Matthew Harris. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, July 14th at 8:15 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Calling hours Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Stephen’s memory to the Lions Eye Research Fund, PO Box 6050, New Bedford, MA 02742.

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OBITUARY:

Stephen R. Dagata, 88, a well-known Woburn businessman, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 9th, at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, surrounded by his family, following a short illness. He was the beloved husband of Adeline M. (Petrillo) Dagata.

Born in Lawrence, son of the late Rafael and Eugenia (Barbagallo) Dagata, his family moved to Italy when he was just a few months old. Returning to the United States when he was eighteen, he took up residence in Woburn and worked at Quinno’s Market and then the Charlestown Navy Yard before starting his own wooden barrel business, known as Woburn Barrel Company. The company, successfully operated today by his children, is now in business as Woburn Steel Drum, Inc.

Mr. Dagata was a veteran of World War II, having served with the US Army in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre of Operations.

A former President of the Woburn Sons of Italy, he was instrumental in the fundraising and construction of the original Sons of Italy building on the West Side of the city. He, along with fellow members, often held weekend barbecues to raise money for the building, which has since been replaced by the current brick structure.

He was also very active in the Lions Club and held membership in the George Campbell Post 101 American Legion.

Steve was an avid golfer who spent many weekends pursuing his hobby at the Cape Cod Country Club in Falmouth, where he was frequently found on the driving range. He and Adeline, his wife of sixty-six years, wintered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, for over thirty years. He was devoted to his family and always had a smile for everyone he met.

Surviving along with his wife Adeline are three sons, Stephen R. Dagata, Anthony J. Dagata and his wife Karen, all of Woburn, and Joseph A. Dagata of Perris, California, and a daughter, Marion A. Harris and her husband Carl, all of Woburn. He was also the loving grandfather of Deirdre and Stephen Dagata III, Patrick Demasi, Anthony, Jr., Patrice, Amber, Krystelle, and Kyle Dagata, and Laurie, Amy, and Matthew Harris.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, July 14th at 8:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m.

Donations may be made in Stephen’s memory to the Lions Eye Research Fund, PO Box 6050, New Bedford, MA 02742.

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  1. Sorry to hear about your Dad he was a great man to work for and always a very funny and kind man.

  2. Krystelle

    May your Papa RIP. I know it is hard for you but cherrish the beautiful memories you have of him
    Donna

  3. Gangi Family on Garfield Ave
    Want to send our deepest simpathy to all of you
    Our prayers are with you all and the City of Woburn will not be the same. He will be missed by not only his family but most of woburn who knew and loved him.
    My Prayer and Thought Be with all of you
    Hugs
    Sharon (Gangi) Valerio

  4. It’s a sad day for the Gangi’s; we are truly sorry for your loss. The Dagata’s & the Gangi’s have had a family like relationship long before I was born. I will always remember Steve’s smile’ stories about my grandparents and his generosity.

    Steve Gangi & Family

  5. I just want to send thoughts and prays for Papa Dagata, and the entire family.

    Krystelle my heart is with you.

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