JohnM. DiMartino, Sr., (Mike), 76, died Friday, September 5, 2008 at Craven Regional Medical Center.
In high school, John DiMartino earned varsity letters in wrestling, football, and baseball. In his Post Graduate year 51, he was a Long Island Wrestling Champion. He attended Alfred University and left to play professional baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies minor leagues until an arm injury cut short that career.
His interest in art, nurtured at Mepham High School, enabled him to sell free-lance cartoons to McCall Corp. Employed as a draftsman in the 1950s by Amperex Electronics Corp., and then for Republic Aviation Corp., he later joined the firm of Peck & Hale in West Sayville, NY where he became the major mechanical designer for most of their products for over an 18-year period. In 1971, he formed the Line Fast Corp., as a manufacturer of cargo tie-down and lifting equipment. It became Tandemloc Inc., where John personally obtained twelve U.S. patents and manufactured many products that are used by the military today. The company, John, and family relocated to Havelock NC, where he was active as an engineer and served as Chairman of the Board.
His community service includes President and VP of the Sayville (NY) Board of Education, 1966-78; President of the Montauk Broadway Civic Association in Sayville in the 60s; a Sayville Little League coach, administrator, and president; active with St. Johns Lutheran Church in Sayville and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Havelock, NC. He chaired the committee for Mepham High classes of 50 and 51 40th Reunion.
John was a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and the U.S. Delegation to International Standards Org. He received a citation from the Town of Islip for 12 years of service, a proclamation for service to the Sayville Board of Education, and a Suffolk County proclamation for his service to the Sayville Little League.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Irene DiMartino; two sons, John Michael DiMartino Jr. and wife, Sue and William David DiMartino, and wife, Maureen and six grandchildren, Ryan, Jessie, Christie, Katie, Lisa and Deanna, all who reside nearby in New Bern NC. In addition he is survived by a sister-in-law, Marian and husband Bob Hirsh of Tampa, FL; niece, Leslie Bowden of Bethlehem, PA; nephew, Ed Metzger of Moseley, VA; and several other nieces and nephews.
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MRS DIMARTINO, JOHN AND BILLY,
VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS. I REMEMBER MR DIMARTINO FROM LITTLE LEAGUE DAYS AND GETTING THE TOOTSIE ROLL BANKS TO SELL AT YOUR HOUSE FROM HIM.GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!
STEVEN FARKAS (ARROW LANE)
Posted by: STEVE FARKAS Dec 12, 2008
Mrs. Irene DiMartino and family,
We are very sorry to hear of Mr. DiMartino's passing. He was a wonderful man who showed compassion to everyone who came in contact with him. We feel very fortunate to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jerry and Vicki Walker
Posted by: Jerry and Vicki Walker Dec 12, 2008
Mrs. DiMartino, John, Billy and Families,
We are deeply saddened to hear of Mr. D's passing. Our hearts go out to you and your families. We will keep you and your families in our thoughts and prayers and hope that you can find the strength to carry on.
our deepest condolences,
Michael, Maria and Michael Del Acqua
Posted by: Michael W. Del Acqua Dec 12, 2008
I have thought of you, Irene, and John many many times over the past years. I know Dave valued John's friendship very much and appreciated his loyal support. I am sorry for your loss.
Posted by: ellen jones Dec 12, 2008
To Billy D and family may god keep you safe in your time of need. My family and I will be saying prayers for all of you. God Bless