John M DiMille, life long resident of Orient Heights, East Boston, passed away peacefully with his loving wife and sons by his bedside on March 6th.
John worked as a MIS Director for many years but best known as East Boston # 1 DJ Johnny D.
Son of the late Giovanni and Geneva (DiNicolantonio) DiMille.
Son in law of the late Vincent and Dorothy Papa.
Beloved husband for 37 years to Dorothy (Papa) DiMille
Devoted father of Jonathan DiMillie, Nicholas DiMille and his Fiancé Jaime Miglionico.
Dear brother in law of Diana and Bill Morton of Arizona, Linda and the late Buster Scalfani of East Boston, Vincent and Hildy Papa of Revere, John and Joanie Papa of East Boston.
Also survived by his many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous friends.
Family and friends will honor John’s life by attending visiting hours on Wednesday March 10th from 4:00PM to 8:00PM in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home 971 Saratoga St (Orient Heights) East Boston and again on Thursday morning at 8:30AM before leaving in procession to St. Joseph - St. Lazarus Church Ashley St., East Boston for a funeral mass in celebration of John's life at 10:00AM.
Johns love for his family and friends was unmatched, from the streets of East Boston to the classrooms of St Mary Star-of the Sea School, through the corridors of St. Domenic Savio High School and into the Gymnasium of Savio High or onto the sports fields of his favorite team, John was always there cheering or lending a helping hand. In September of 1973, John entered St Domenic Savio as a freshman and became a Spartan. As a Spartan, John was devoted to classmates and the Salesian community with an unconditional friendship that started and NEVER ENDED. John devoted himself to his school, classmates and the Spartan way. After 4 incredible years, he graduated and made a commitment that few ever follow through and that was to keep the class of 1977 together through the years. John continued his education but never forgot a Spartan, a Salesian and East Boston. John's education took him into computers and advanced himself quickly soon becoming an MIS Director for heath care soon running MGH and Dana-Farmer Institute systems. During that time, he always was in touch with a fellow Spartans and a Salesian Brothers or Priests. He volunteered his DJ skills and equipment for non profits particularly the Salesian's Boys and Girls Club and the Make a Wish Foundation. While doing all these things, as only DiMille could, he met the LOVE OF HIS LIFE Dorothea Papa and within 2 years they were married in 1983. Dorothy had already heard and learned about John's love and devotion. She was a remarkable wife always standing beside, helping and supporting her John. They are the proud parents of two sons, Jonathan and Nicholas . As John took care of them while in good health, when John became sick they took care of him. John led by example and his family followed. Nothing showed that more then there unconditional love for John especially this last several days.
Due to John’s love for and devotion to the Salesian community PLEASE in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to: The Salesian Boys and Girls Club 150 Byron Street, Boston, MA 02128. You may also donate online at http://www.salesianclub.com.
All services will be held in accordance to the Commonwealth of MA COVID-19 reopening regulations.
Salesian Boys & Girls Club of East Boston
150 Byron St., East Boston MA 02128