Dennis J. DiGregorio, 64 , died Friday, November 11, 2016 in the
Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, Boston, following a year long
battle with cancer.
Born in Boston January 25, 1952, son of the late John and Mary
A. (Italiano) DiGregorio, he was raised in Ipswich, later living
in Melrose for several years and most recently on Pond Street in
Dennis was a self employed seafood broker, owner of Juncker
Associates of Gloucester. He also worked as an actor for the
Gloucester Stage Company. In the 1980’s he had been featured in
a number of productions including, Tracers, Road, and Israel
Horovitz’s, Henry Lumper. He enjoyed flying kites of all types
and went to Africa to compete in the “Transat des Sables,” a
land yacht race across the Western Sahara. During the Viet Nam
War he served with the U.S. Army.
Dennis loved his family and friends and pets. He was an
outstanding son, father, brother, uncle and friend. He was
there for everyone, generous, compassionate and selfless,
putting everyone else’s needs before his own.
He is survived by three children, a son, Keegan of Ipswich; two
daughters, Marisa of Essex, Alexis of New York City and his
former wife, Betsy DiGregorio of Beverly. He is also survived by
a stepson, Creed Carroll of Seabrook; a sister, Diane Smith and
her husband Allen of Melrose; his only niece, Kimberly Smith
McCue and her husband Michael of Melrose; three great nieces,
Ashley, Jules and Jillian McCue; a great nephew, Michael McCue
all, of Melrose and his pets Maggie and Boots who will be
lovingly cared for by his family.
A Funeral Mass of will be celebrated 10 am Thursday, November
17, 2016 in Our Lady of Hope Church, Pineswamp Road, Ipswich,
followed by interment in the New Highland Cemetery, Ipswich.
Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours
will be Wednesday 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home,
6 High Street, Ipswich.