Antonio R. DiBenedetto

November 6, 1927January 10, 2019
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Antonio Rocco DiBenedetto, also known as Tony Davis, age 91, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Dolores (Welch) DiBenedetto. They were married for 52 years.

Born in Cambridge, MA, Tony was the son of the late Rocco and Assunta (Massa) DiBenedetto.

A graduate of Cambridge High School, Tony was employed by the city of Fall River, retiring as the Chief Loan Originator at Community Development Agency after more than 30 years. Tony was also known as the “Voice of the Durfee Hilltoppers” as the play-by-play announcer of the high school’s football and basketball games. In his spare time, he was a member of the Sons of Italy, VFW, American Legion, Veterans Association of Bristol County and the Italian-American War Veterans Council. He also enjoyed photography and was an avid Boston sports fan, especially the Red Sox and Patriots.

Besides his devoted wife, he is also survived by his daughters, Mary Camara of Fall River, and Suzann Sullivan and her husband James of Swansea, one grandson, Joshua Sullivan, and his siblings, Gene DiBenedetto of NC, Anita Gonsalves and Dorothy Young both of Tewksbury and Rosemary List of Somerville.

His funeral will be held on Tuesday, January 15 at 8:00 AM from Waring-Sullivan Home at Cherry Place, 178 Winter St, Fall River, followed by a funeral Mass at 9:00 AM in Holy Name Church, 709 Hanover St, Fall River, Military Funeral Honors to follow. Burial will be private. His visitation will be held on Monday, January 14 from 4:00-7:00 PM.

Contributions in his memory may be made to, St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital



  • Visitation Monday, January 14, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, January 15, 2019


  • Burial Private

Antonio R. DiBenedetto

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Jim Rogers

January 15, 2019

For many years, I saw Tony almost daily downtown in my store near his beloved WALE studio. Tony was always a kind and caring person who always engaged in friendly conversations with me and all who knew him.
In later years I saw Tony when he was being treated at Hudner where my wife was also treated. He still had that warm personality.
May his soul rest in peace.
Jim Rogers
Fall River

Jim Smith

January 13, 2019

I first met Tony at WALE, as a teenager interested in a career in journalism. He was always kind and friendly to me.

May you rest in peace Tony. My condolences to the family. Your husband/dad was a real gentleman.


January 13, 2019

I first met Tony in the 80;s. From the beginning He was the kind of guy you always wanted to be around. He was always quick to smile ; quick to give you His opinion on any subject. He was intellectually stimulating and captivating in any conversation. And He was great at teasing. especially people He respecte4d which was just about everyone. He was always interested in You as a person and also those in your family. He served with distinction in the Military and retired from the National Guard. He loved the Military and all those that served, especially His fellow Italians and Relatives. He enriched those around Him; respected by all that knew Him and for me He will be a Mentor that I can't replace. The Italian American War Vets Salute You and I personally will cherish the memories of a very special Individual. Rest in peace Antonio and take joy in sharing that twinkle smile with the Angels.

Bill Kitchen

January 12, 2019

My family and I were blessed to be friends and neighbors of Tony and his family for many years. His candor ,good humor, patriotism,caring and devote father made knowing Tony fulfilling. I will miss my friend and the many years of discussing Red Sox baseball. Thank you Tony for gracing us with your presence and kindness. RIP you will be missed.