OBITUARY

Dominic "Dickie" Anthony Aceto

November 15, 1928December 29, 2020
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PORTLAND – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of my husband, our father and grandfather, Dominic Anthony Aceto, “Dickie”, 92 of Portland, Maine.

He died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on December 29, 2020. Born November 15, 1928, in Portland, he was the eldest son of twelve children of Vincenzo James Aceto and Josephine Antoinette Addario who emigrated from Lettomanopello, Abbruzzo, Italy.

Dominic reveled in his Italian heritage growing up in the center of the Little Italy neighborhood in Portland on Newbury Street. Stories of mischief and fun escapades filled his childhood. Dedicated to Little Italy, Dominic along with his sons and neighbors adored preparing foods for the annual St. Peter's Bizarre. He was a lifelong member of the Italian Heritage Club where he enjoyed singing his heart out at family celebrations to Frank Sinatra’s “I Did It My Way” and “Maggie’s Back in Town”.

He worked long days and nights on Portland's waterfront and assisted his father as a cobbler at the Shoe Hospital at Morrills Corner.

Dominic was stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1953.

Dominic believed that he married the smartest and prettiest girl from Gorham’s Corner: Margaret Gertrude O'Brien - they began a family of seven daughters and two sons. The family moved to a large home on Read Street in 1964. Family gatherings soon filled this house with fond memories. Among the favorites was Sunday spaghetti dinner with Dominic’s mother and father (Nonor and Papa).

In addition to his parents, Dominic was predeceased by his most loving daughter Janet, his siblings Jenny Tabb, Mary Aceto (baby), Mary Williams, Frances Conley, Irene Aceto and Anthony Aceto, and several nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, his Irish Rose. Together they raised their nine children: Cathleen (Robert Reardon), Maureen (Thomas Peters), Janet (John Shannon) Marijo (Joseph Hamilton), Ann Marie (Kevin Rogers), Dominic Aceto, Anthony Aceto (Stacy Bolduc), Julie Aceto and Joleen (Richard Segal); 13 grandchildren: Jessica Shannon (Russ Boisvert), Christina Hamilton (Kevin Lee), Todd Shannon, Joseph Hamilton, Jonathan Hamilton, Jenna Segal (Joseph Flynn), Adriana Aceto (Noah Liebel), Kayla Segal (Adam Routhier), Brian Reardon, Joseph Dubail, Ella Dubail and Margaret and Emma Aceto; and 8 great grandchildren: Erik Boisvert, Leif Boisvert, Sophia Segal, Declan Lee, Cameron Lee, Nolan Segal, Donnie Hamilton and Maeve Routhier. Also surviving are siblings: Dana Pardue, Anna Flaherty, Theresa Joy, Gloria Stewart and Joseph Aceto.

Dominic wishes to be remembered for his devotion to his loving wife and family. The family would like to thank Dr. William Ross Wadland, MD, the Gosnell House and Northern Light Health for their care and compassion given to Dominic. Special thanks to Fred, Holly and Stacy of Northern Light Health for all of their support to Dominic and his family over the years. Services at this time will be private but a celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in the name of Dominic A. Aceto may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospitals, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or The Leukemia Research Foundation, 191 Waukegan Road, Suite 105, Northfield, IL 60093. Salute!

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SHIRLEY LEGROW

January 15, 2021

My mother, Marion "Anna" Aceto Wilmot was Dickie's first cousin. I have very fond memories of going to Read St. to see our wonderful family to visit and eat, & then eat more delicious Italian dishes! What a joy it was to take our shoes to the Shoe Hospital even after I married just to be able to see my great uncle and Dickie. I will never forget all the wonderful and fun times with my beautiful family.
My deepest sympathy and love to Dickie's family. Rest in Peace.
Shirley Wilmot LeGrow
Salisbury, NC

Kelly Joy

January 7, 2021

My deepest sympathies to all the family. So sorry for your loss. RIP uncle Dicky

Janet Flaherty

January 6, 2021

Our family is sorry to hear of the loss or your husband and father. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Holly Barnum

January 6, 2021

My heart goes out to the entire Aceto family. I have never heard of a closer, more loving, or supportive family. Your loss is unimaginable, Mr. Aceto's legacy unforgettable!

Eleanor Joy (Aceto)

January 6, 2021

My sincere condolences to Margaret, and all of the family .
I am sad to learn of Dickie’s passing. May he rest in eternal peace .
Eleanor Aceto

Kathi Zomorodian

January 5, 2021

Condolences and prayers for the family ❤️🙏. Love Kathi

Jon Fasulo

January 5, 2021

Dickie was a great guy with one of the best families I ever got to spend many years with. My thoughts and prayers to the whole family.

Terry Goodwin

January 5, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to you Margaret, and all your wonderful family. You are in our prayers. Terry & Barbara Goodwin

Bill Moses

January 4, 2021

Dear Julie, Tony and family,
What a great life lived by a wonderful man!!
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Bill Moses
Standish

William Aceto

January 4, 2021

I have tears in my eyes and in my heart. I am so sorry for the loss of Uncle Dickie. I have wonderful memories from my early childhood of the whole Aceto clan, especially Cathleen and Janet.
Our deepest sympathies to all. Love, Billy and Nancy Aceto

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