Cosmo DiTucci

March 10, 2020

Cosmo DiTucci

Cosmo DiTucci  –  in Woburn, March 10th, at the age of 92. Former husband of the late Ida (Fustolo) DiTucci. Devoted father of Rosa DiTucci, her husband John Dzwiniarski and Virginia Volpe, and her husband Hugo.  Dear brother of Damiano and Lucio DiTucci.  Cherished grandfather of John Jude DiTucci Dzwiniarski, Virginia, Alexander and Andrew Volpe.  Loving brother-in-law of Norma (Fustolo) Buccini,  his nephew Gennaro Fassano, wife Ida and family, along with many good friends. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. According to his wishes, a funeral service will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. His family wishes to thank the wonderful providers of Lahey Hospice Care who allowed his passing to be filled with peace, love and dignity. All services are under the arrangement of Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main  Street, Woburn, MA 01801

Cosmo DiTucci, died peacefully at home, March 10, 2020 at the age of 92, surrounded by family. The beloved eldest son of Erasmo and Rosina (Camelio), he was born in the seaside city of Gaeta, Italy where his family has roots going back over 500 years.

Cosmo’s life was rich and varied. He and his family survived 9 months of occupation by the German Army during WWII. On a recent trip to Italy, he showed his family where the bombardments had taken place and shared vivid descriptions of the battles. After the war he served in the Italian Navy then immigrated to Venezuela, where he started and ran a successful fishing business for five years. In time he was joined by this brothers and cousins.

In 1957, on a visit to Cambridge, MA to visit his Uncle Tony, he met Ida Fustolo, who he had last seen in the old country when she was a gangly teenager. As he described it, a beautiful blonde with big blue eyes came up to him, shook his hand and asked if he remembered her. Within a month they were engaged. Ida loved the United States and convinced him that they should stay rather than return to Venezuela. He learned English and became a citizen four years later. They had two daughters and made their home in Somerville until they moved in 1970 to a home near Horn Pond in Woburn’s South End, where Cosmo lived until his passing. Their home was always filled with friends, family and laughter; their holiday gatherings were legendary for the enormous dinners that would go on for hours.

Cosmo was employed at New England Provision Company, running their smokehouse and eventually overseeing its operation. He took great pride in his job. It was hard physical work, but he never missed a single day in 21 years. When the factory relocated, Cosmo began his second act. In his 50’s, he opened fish stores in Medford and Somerville called The Daily Catch. He became the owner of “Joe’s of San Francisco” in Somerville’s Clarendon Hill area that served authentic Italian food.

Cosmo’s parents were farmers and he was always happiest in the backyard. He spent a lifetime turning his home into a Garden of Eden with fruit trees, grapes, vegetables and assorted pets and animals. Summers were spent canning and freezing whatever was raised. There was never a tinned store-bought item in the house. He was a fabulous cook.

Cosmo was an avid fisherman and hunter. He introduced his daughters and nephews to both sports. He had a beautiful tenor voice and sang at his daughters’ weddings. A wonderful dancer, he taught them the steps he learned in Venezuela and suffered many a sore foot for his troubles. He loved nothing better than taking his wife dancing.

In the later years, Cosmo began to share untold stories of his youth and early married life. More than any earthly treasure, the insights into Cosmo as a young man, husband and father are priceless. They showed a man deeply devoted to his family and highlighted the struggles and joys of his life, the mistakes and the victories, adding new depths to the family history.

In addition to his parents, Cosmo is preceded in death by his former wife of nearly 60 years Ida (Fustolo), his brothers Damiano and Lucio, and many lifelong friends. He leaves his daughter Rose DiTucci, her husband John Dzwiniarski, and their son Joseph Jude DiTucci Dzwiniarski and daughter Virginia Volpe, her husband Hugo, their children Virginia, Alexander and Andrew, and many nieces and nephews.

He will be sorely missed by his beloved sister-in-law Norma (Fustolo) Buccini of Alessandria Italy, whose daily phone calls always provided a welcome laugh, nephew Gennaro Fasano and wife Ida and their entire family, who showed him immense kindness and love, and by his dear friends Teresa Brennan and Giovanni Pasciutto whose visits always brightened his day.

According to his wishes, a funeral service will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. His family wishes to thank the wonderful providers of Lahey Hospice Care who allowed his passing to be filled with peace, love and dignity. All services are under the arrangement of Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main  Street, Woburn, MA 01801

 

According to his wishes, a funeral service will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. His family wishes to thank the wonderful providers of Lahey Hospice Care who allowed his passing to be filled with peace, love and dignity.All services are under the arrangement of Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main  Street, Woburn, MA 01801

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  1. Jan Santaniello

    Dear Rosa, I’m so sorry to hear of your dads passing, he was a wonderful man
    and am honored to have been able to meet him.
    I will always remember him trying watercolors and being very creative and a good sport. Sympathies and prayers for all of you.

  2. Leonora Brongo-Tobin

    DearFamily,
    Condolences to all. May God wrap his arms around you all and give you comfort and peace.
    Remember all the good times.

  3. Rosa, I was saddened to hear of the passing of your dad! I’m sure you have many good memories with him and your family. Met him a few times, he seemed like a very nice man. My condolences.

  4. Teresa Brennan

    Rosa, John and Joe, Sometimes there are just no words to offer comfort. Please know that we lit a candle at church, to help light the way for Como’s journey.
    We used to love when he would come to our home, and sit in “his seat” at the head of the table. We would eat and drink for hours! He just loved being with all of his friends and telling us his stories, and he was so funny!!! Our sides would hurt from laughing!! Another favorite story was when his grandson Joe wanted to take Cosmo for a ride in his convertable. “Come on Nonno, we will take a ride on Revere Beach Parkway and pick up girls”. Cosmo said Ok…I will be right back. Joe said…”where are you going” I have to go get my “picking up girls hat!!
    There are just so many stories…We loved our afternoon trips to Gloucester, and we all would have muscles and fried fish…oh so much fun. We are so going to miss our friend Cosmo! We love you all!! Giovanni and Teresa

  5. I so enjoyed every chance I had to see Cosmo when he would visit WPCA.
    Warmhearted wonderful man, Rosa I know it is never easy to see our love part but, he will be awaiting each of his family with open arms.

    Condolence to entire family

    Lynne ( WCPA)

  6. Erasmo Di Tucci

    Our deepest condolences to all of the family and friends. He was a remarkable man who created many fond memories. May he rest in peace with God’s love.

  7. Susan Piaggio-O’Keefe

    Mr. DiTucci will always be a beloved part of my childhood. His kindness to us kids knew no bounds. I carry him in a special part of my heart and he will be there forever.

  8. Dan and Marquita Burris

    My Dear Friend,
    Rosa you are an incredible
    Reflection of everything your Dad believed in, we
    are so sorry about your sadness …….You will find great Joy in your Heart and many fond memories of him tending to his garden with great pride,
    I’m certain God will Bless
    You for your Love and also
    Commitment to your Dad🌷
    Love Dan and Marquita

  9. Pauletta Piaggio Zandbergs

    Rosa, Virginia and family…There are no words I can say that express my sadness at the passing of your dad. He was a good man with a kind soul. He loved life and the world around him. It hurts my heart to the core as my tears flow knowing he’s gone. We had such a wonderful childhood, you can’t make it up. I’ll hold onto them forever. Our parents worked hard and loved hard. Our chapters with them are now over, end of an era…May he rest in eternal paradise, he deserves it. Love you all Pauletta

  10. Dan & Anna Johnedis

    Rosa, Virginia & families, Sorry to hear about your father and grandfather. He was a good neighbor, who always had a smile for us and generously shared the delicious vegetables from his garden. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Johnedis family.

  11. Miss you very much dad. Thank you for a lifetime of memories. Best father I could hope for. And thank you especially for sharing all those wonderful stories over the last six years. Corri Giovanni! Love you always.
    Rosa

  12. Rosa, John and Joe. How blessed were to have such a wonderful father/Father-in-law/grandfather for 92 years. You have done everything God expected you to do for him. I am sure he is at peace with God. Love you Denise

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