John P. DeCata Sr.

February 5, 2016

John P. DeCata Sr.

JOHN P. DECATA, SR- Of Woburn, Friday February 5th. Beloved husband of Irene M. (LoSciuto) DeCata. Devoted father of Irene E. Skutul and her husband André of Methuen, Jane M. Groder and her husband Charles of N.J., Janice Barrett and her husband Michael of ME and the late John P. DeCata Jr. Loving Papa of Krista Valentino, Reilly and Reid Groder, Karley Skutul, and Janessa DeCata. Dear brother of the late Michael Jr. and Pasquale “Patrick” DeCata. John is also survived by his beloved dog “Domino”. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, February 13th at 9:15a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn at 10:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Friday, February 12th, from 4-8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. At the family’s request in lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in John’s memory to the Woburn Senior Center,144 School Street,Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

John P. DeCata Sr., passed away at the Sawtell Family Hospice House, after a lingering illness, Friday, February 5th . The beloved husband of Irene M. (LoSciuto) DeCata, he was seventy eight years of age.

Born on Somerville he was one of three sons of the late Michael A. and Antonetta (Gianetta) DeCata. Raised in Somerville, John was a graduate of Don Bosco High School, in Boston, with the Class of 1955.

In 1958 he and a friend were driving home in a blistery snowstorm when they came upon a young lady waiting at a bus stop. Knowing the buses were not running because of the weather John talked her into taking a ride home. There it all began.

By September of 1958 John and Irene were married and began their journey of fifty seven years together. They had lived in Woburn briefly after they were married and then back to Somerville for twenty three years. There in Somerville is where they raised their children and a niece of John’s had also joined the family constellation. He took part in it all. He was very proud of his four children and all of their accomplishments. They travelled mostly on weekends to the White Mountains, Cape Cod, Mystic Lakes and many of the ocean beaches in MA and NH. These trips were always with a cooler full of tuna sandwiches, chips, soda and Drakes Cakes!

For over forty four years John had been a Route Sales Driver for Drakes Cakes and they were also part of the DeCata food groups!

In 1980 they returned home to Woburn and have never left. John was very active in the Woburn Host Lions Club and always joined in all their activities, thoroughly enjoying the HalloweenParade. John was a great jokster, kids, adults alike, if he could make someone laugh, it made him happy!

In spite of some serious health issues, John plugged along doing whatever he could to help people out. He had been active at the Senior Center where he was the counselor for the SHINE project. John also had his own television show on Woburn Cable for over a decade. Invited were guests to speak on topics that would be more helpful to “older people.” Always a very informative hour on “DeCata Talks.” When John was unable to go to the Senior Center he always tried to help out by doing things at home for them.

John enjoyed life. His family was always first and foremost, he always loved spending time with his family. Papa loved his grandchildren and so enjoyed spending time with them. He had a very special relationship with them as a group and as individuals, it was all very special. As he went through life and saw someone in need, he was there to help. Every organization he belonged to he gave one hundred and twenty percent, never looking for anything in return. St. Anthony Parish where John worshiped also was place where he would help out each year during the Festival.

A wonderfully humble man, who loved his family, had tremendous faith and an insurmountable compassion for others, has left some truly memorable moments in the hearts of many.

John sadly was predeceased by his parents, son John, and brothers Michael and Pasquale “Patrick” DeCata.

He was the beloved husband of Irene M. (LoSciuto) DeCata. Devoted father of Irene E. Skutul and her husband André of Methuen, Jane M. Groder and her husband Charles of N.J., Janice Barrett and her husband Michael of ME. Loving Papa of Krista Valentino, Reilly and Reid Groder, Karley Skutul, and Janessa DeCata. John is also survived by his beloved dog “Domino”. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, February 13th at 9:15a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn at 10:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Friday, February 12th, from 4-8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. At the family’s request in lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in John’s memory to the Woburn Senior Center,144 School Street,Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Hi Irene,
    I’m so very sorry to have read of John’s passing.We met in the hospital and became good friends and I will never forget him or you.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this hard time.What a real nice person he was and I’m glad we met. Take care and God Bless. Love John & Janice Malonson

  2. Our Dad was a real Jokester and would not want a sappy speech, but would love that we were all here for him and would want some laughter. Hopefully we can give him just that.
    We grew up like most families of the 60’s and 70’s, we spent time with family. On Sundays we’d go to church and visit with our grandparents for a homemade Italian dinner. During the nice weather we’d travel to NH for a day trip or to the beach. On the way home dad would have us place our wet clothes out the windows and roll the windows up so the clothes wouldn’t fall out, but would dry. He liked to call it the Italian dryer. We went to the cape on vacation one year and dad was approached by a Kodak representative asking if he’d let his 3 children be in a TV commercial. Next thing you know, we’re riding on a carousel getting our 2 minutes of fame. Oh and $25.00 each.
    Dad always did the shopping and he knew the best prices. He’d travel to Lucci’s for meat, Cerretani’s for Bounty and Star Market for Italian tomatoes. Good thing gas was much cheaper than today! Dad also wouldn’t buy just one of something. If tuna was on sale he’d by a case or two, dad always bought in bulk. Don’t even get us started on Costco or BJ’s.
    Dad took pride in his home and he enjoyed working around the yard and the pool. He loved when we helped him with projects like building the wall or shed. He forgot we were girls at those times, but had no trouble remembering when we started to date. Growing up in an Italian family with dad and an older brother wasn’t easy for us. If a date beeped the horn and didn’t come in the house he wasn’t showing us, more importantly dad, any respect and we couldn’t go on the date. At the time we were not happy, but what teenage girl would be? Now we follow those same guidelines with our own daughters.
    Dad worked for Drakes Bakery, so we always had Ring Dings, Funny Bones and Devil Dogs in the house. In fact when most families gave out candy for Halloween, we gave out Drakes Cakes. Imagine our friend’s faces!
    Dad helped so many: if you needed a place to stay for a night or indefinitely, dad opened his home to you and you always knew you’d be well fed. Our house was never empty, nor was there ever a dull moment.
    Dad was so excited to hear he’d be a grandfather. He hoped for a grandson, but heard “It’s a girl!” 5 times. He loved his granddaughters so much and he was proud of their accomplishments and that they’d all be in college by 2016. He always said he wanted to see them all get married and he will be in all our hearts on those special days.
    Losing our brother Johnny took a toll on dad, as it did the rest of us, but we all pulled together as a family. We needed to be strong for each other. One of the happiest days for dad was when Janessa came to live with him and mom. He wanted her to have the kind of life we all had and she so deserved. As you can see dad was about family and he enjoyed the time we all spent together. The first words out of his mouth when you’d visit were “Did you’s eat”? He was always concerned for the wellbeing of others. He also loved receiving phone calls, no matter how long it had been since he had spoken to someone. If you asked “What are you doing?” He’d always say “Talking to you!”
    When dad retired he enjoyed volunteering at the Woburn Senior Center. He helped many of our “mature” population get the benefits they needed. He was considered an expert in this area and received many awards for his service and dedication to the community. He also had a TV show called “De Cata Talks”, which helped residents understand Medicare and the benefits they were entitled to.
    Dad was loved and respected by countless family, friends and residents of the city of Woburn. His passing affects so many of us in a variety of ways and he will surely be missed.
    For us, his family and friends, our hearts are hurting, but we take comfort in knowing he is no longer in pain.
    Dad thank you for our beautiful lives! Don’t worry, we will take care of mommy.
    Until we meet again,
    We love you. Watch over us.

  3. John was a true friend in every sense of the word. He will be missed!
    Louise and I send our heartfelt sympathies.
    Peter

  4. Irene and Janessa
    I’m so sorry to hear of this. Sending lots of love you way. Love you both

    Heather Nason and family

  5. Irene and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I had many long talks with John when I worked at the
    Senior Center ,Meals on Wheels for Minuteman and John was there as a
    Shine Councilor for Minuteman. He did a lot of good and helped so many people. I will miss him. He was my friend. Nancy (‘Connor) Mondello

  6. DeCata family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie & Sandy Culhane

  7. Dear Irene and family,

    Please accept my deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your dad. Losing a loved one is so difficult. My thought and prayers are with you all at this trying time.

    Suzen Dodge-Teto

  8. The DeCata Family have always been wonderful neighbors, for more than 60 years, on Green Street. May John Rest in Peace.

    Jayne Lee

  9. Dear Irene, “little Irene”, Janessa, and family,

    My sincere sympathy to all of you. John was a very special man, with a loving and giving spirit!! He helped so many people during his years of service here at the Woburn Senior Center. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Sincerely, Joanne Collins

  10. Dear Irene and family,

    I was very sad to hear of John’s passing. He was a good buddy and a good man of the community. He will be missed, especially by those he always tried to help through his many service activities, for example as a Shine Counselor at the Woburn Senior Center.

    My deepest condolences to all of you at this difficult time.
    Christine Benway

  11. Dear Irene Sorry to hear the loss of John. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care of yourself. Margarette Masotta

  12. Dear Irene and Janessa,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We never met John, but having gotten to know you and Janessa, we are sure he was a truly special man. We hope our daughter McKenna can be a source of comfort, support and friendship for Janessa in the days ahead. You are in our prayers.

    Sincerely,
    Jim, Nancy and McKenna Canty

  13. “Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.” ~Emily Dickinson

    Our heartfelt condolences for all of you.
    -Diane and Dan Scinto

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