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Arthur Paul DiGeronimo, 83.

LEOMINSTER Arthur Paul DiGeronimo, of Leominster, MA, passed away peacefully on July 29, 2009, surrounded by his family at his home after a short illness. He was 83 years old. Arthur is survived by his devoted wife of fifty-eight years, Gloria A. (DiNardo) DiGeronimo; and loving children: Arthur P. (Jay) DiGeronimo, Jr. and wife Gretchen, David J. DiGeronimo and wife Laurine, Michael J. DiGeronimo and wife Kim; Steven T. DiGeronimo, Jayne E. Consolo, and Lisa A. DiGeronimo, all of Leominster. He was a joyful grandfather to Tasha, Shaun, Gina, Katie, Nicholas, Todd, Gregory, Julie, Jack; and great-grandson, Lex See yacc.

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. Arthur also leaves two sisters, of Venice, FL.: Rita A. DeBitetto and husband Michael F., and Dorothy A. St. Laurent and husband Ronald J.; and many nieces and nephews. An older brother, Michael James DiGeronimo, predeceased Arthur in 1945.

Arthur was born March 1, 1926, in Leominster, MA, second son of James V James V, king of Scotland
James V, 1512–42, king of Scotland (1513–42), son and successor of James IV. His mother, Margaret Tudor, held the regency until her marriage in 1514 to Archibald Douglas, 6th earl of Angus, when she lost it to John
. and C. Mildred (Spadafora) DiGeronimo. Arthur graduated from Leominster High School Leominster High School (also known as Leominster High or LHS) is a public high school located in Leominster, Massachusetts. It is the only secondary educational institution found in Leominster. It is situated on a sprawling 26-acre campus in the western area of Leominster.  in 1944 and then served overseas in the US Army, 417th Regiment, 76th Infantry Division in Germany. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant staff sergeant
a. Abbr. SSG A noncommissioned rank in the U.S. Army that is above sergeant and below sergeant first class.

b. Abbr. SSgt A noncommissioned rank in the U.S.
 in 1946. Subsequently, Arthur graduated from Becker College Becker College is a college in Massachusetts with campuses in Worcester and Leicester. History
The historic Leicester campus began as Leicester Academy in 1784 - the 19th oldest campus in the country, which claimed a charter signed by John Hancock.
 in Worcester, MA, in 1948, earning his Associate Degree in Business. He married Gloria in 1951.

After college, Arthur became the first of the second generation of the DiGeronimo family to work for what was then called Victory Market, founded in 1923 by his father and uncle. In 1955, Arthur became co-owner of the modern Victory Supermarkets, opening its first store in Leominster, with Arthur as Vice President and Treasurer. Throughout his fifty-six year career at Victory, Arthur served as Director of Grocery Purchasing and Advertising as well as Director of Community/Charitable Giving as Victory grew to a twenty-store chain. Arthur remained active as a member of the Board of Directors and Victory's Treasurer until the company's sale in 2004. He was inducted into the Massachusetts Food Association's Hall of Fame in 2006 and was honored as Grocer of the Year by the Grocery Manufacturers Salesmen of Worcester.

Arthur served over the years on many community and charitable organizations, including Past Exalted Ruler and Trustee of the Leominster Lodge of Elks (#1237), Past District Deputy for West Central District of the National Lodge, Honorary Life Member of Leominster Lodge, Treasurer of the Massachusetts Elks Scholarships, and Past State President of the Massachusetts Elks Association. He was a lifelong member of St. Anna's Parish in Leominster, serving as usher for many years, past President of St. Anna's PTA PTA or parent-teacher association: see parent education. , and member of the Finance Committee. He was an original Corporator CORPORATOR. One who is a member of a corporation.
     2. In general, a corporator is entitled to enjoy all the benefits and rights which belong to any other member of the corporation as such.
 of the Italian-American Cultural Center in Leominster and was recognized as Man of the Year in 1999. He was a past Director of the Salvation Army Salvation Army, Protestant denomination and international nonsectarian Christian organization for evangelical and philanthropic work. Organization and Beliefs

The Salvation Army has established branches in 100 countries throughout the world.
, a member of The Sons of Italy, proud member of the AmVets, and a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Knights of Columbus, American Roman Catholic society for men, founded (1882) at New Haven, Conn. (where its headquarters are still located), by Father Michael J. McGivney. .

Arthur loved bocce, card playing, horse racing horse racing, trials of speed involving two or more horses. It includes races among harnessed horses with one of two particular gaits, among saddled Thoroughbreds (or, less frequently, quarterhorses) on a flat track, or among saddled horses over a turf course with , traveling, and the sun at Seabrook Beach, NH, and Pompano Beach, FL. Arthur's deepest joy was spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, August 3rd at 11 AM at St. Anna's Church, Lancaster Street. Calling hours will be Sunday, August 2nd from 1-4 and 6-9 at the Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Road in Fitchburg, with the Elks Ritual at 6 PM. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anna's Church or to the charity of one's choice.

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