QUINCY, Mass. and Clearwater, Fla. — There will be no services for Alfonso “Al” Di Ramio, 87, who died peacefully February 27, 2012 in Palm Harbor, Florida after a long illness.
Al was born in East Boston, Massachusetts, June 1, 1924, son of Concezio (Ross) and Frances Di Scenza DiRamio.
He grew up in Quincy, Mass. Al enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps at the age of 17. He saw action with the First Marine Division at Guadalcanal in 1942-43, the first major offensive against the Japanese. He received a Purple Heart for wounds received in the battle.
He served with the First Marine Division in the battle for Okinawa and was decorated for his service there. He was with the First Marines in China when they served there in 1945-46 at the end of the war. The Division received a unit citation for service in China.
He was honorably discharged on April 3, 1946. He was a life long Red Sox fan and friend of Ted Williams, legendary Red Sox slugger.
He began delivering mail on foot for the US Post Office in Quincy, Massachusetts and continued for 32 years until his retirement.
He married Rita Brewster Mathews on October 1, 1974 in Brockton, MA. They moved to Clearwater, Florida in 1981.
Survivors include his wife, who he always referred to as “His Darling Rita;” two sisters, Grace Fitzgerald, Bedford, MA, Frances Salvatori, Hingham, MA, and a brother Eddie and his wife Carol Di Ramio, Quincy MA.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Step-children are Paula Atwood, Hartland, Joseph Mathews, Jr, Woodstock, Patricia Packard, Hanson, MA and Michael Mathews, Fredericksburg, VA; step grandchildren, Dan Atwood, Jr, Dale Atwood, Alicyn Packard, Kristen Packard, Tiffany Mathews, Michael II and Kayla Mathews; step great grandchildren, Emma, Nicole and Danny III, Atwood.
He was predeceased by his parents; and two brothers, Carmen and Gene Di Ramio.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760 or The American Heart Association.
This obituary first appeared in the March 1, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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