Robert C. DiIorio

October 31, 1933October 22, 2012

Robert C. DiIorio, a former newspaperman and college public affairs official, died October 22, 2012 at his home in East Sandwich just weeks after being diagnosed with cancer. He was 78.

Mr. DiIorio was born on Oct. 31, 1933 in Providence, R.I. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1958 after serving in the Army, during the Korean War. He began his newspaper career as a reporter for the Westerly Sun in Rhode Island and the New Bedford Standard Times. He then worked for the Boston Herald-Traveler. When the Hearst Corp. purchased the newspaper in 1972 it became the Boston Herald-American, and Mr. DiIorio stayed on as deputy city editor. He left to head the public affairs office at what is now Bridgewater State University. He then became an assistant director at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology News Office, where he rose to deputy director before retiring in 1996. He returned to journalism for several years, working as a substitute on the copy desk of the Providence Journal. Mr. DiIorio was highly regarded for his skills as a fast and accurate reporter, writer and editor and equally esteemed by associates and friends for his intelligence, warmth, humor and calmness in all situations. His interests focused on his family, church and current events. In 2008, he was awarded the St. Peter Award from Corpus Christi Parish. He received the Marian Medal from the Diocese of Fall River in 2010.

“He was a wise and caring person,” said Charles Ball, who worked with Mr. DiIorio at the Herald-Traveler and MIT. “He could light up a room with his wit and energy.” Mr. DiIorio leaves his wife, Anne; daughter, Megan Joseph of East Sandwich; and four grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Sylvia E. DiIorio of East Sandwich and Lois A. Hubert of Greenville, RI. A Reception of the Body and wake service will be held at 4 pm on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at Corpus Christi Church, 324 Quaker Meeting House Road in East Sandwich; with visiting hours continuing until 7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the church at 11 am on Friday, October 26, 2012. Burial follows in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

At the family’s request, please do not send flowers. Instead, donations in his memory may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, c/o of Corpus Christi Church, 324 Quaker Meeting House Rd, East Sandwich, MA 02537.



  • Visiting Hours Thursday, October 25, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Friday, October 26, 2012


  • Burial

Robert C. DiIorio

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December 19, 2012

I am so very impressed by the comments of my daughter, Megan, and granddaughter, Shauna, and the wonderful friends and relatives of Bob.

We were married for 49 years and Bob kept track of how many more days were needed to do it again. The number was up to 14,317 and started at 44 years married. His last entry was 9/20/12.

You all know I'll love forever.

Anne Di Iorio

Megan Joseph

December 19, 2012

I just read my awesome daughter's entry in this guest book & can't believe how grown up she has become. Everything she said is so very true...... I am struggling day to day with the massive loss of the Greatest Man I've ever known & I know the kids & my Mom are too. My KIDS are strong for me!! So glad I have them..... Shauna, I take after Boppas Editing skills, as he taught me well.... I'll gladly help with anything u want!!! LOVE you, LOVE & MISS Boppa!!!! xxxxooo

Shauna Joseph

December 15, 2012

My grandfather was such a great role model to me. He would help me edit my papers for school, keep me updated with new things in the news, do anything for me (even if it was too demanding) that's how much he cared for me and my siblings and my mother, Helped out if there was any trouble at home, Helped out in so many other ways with other people,and would always tell me a great story while he'd drive me around. I miss him a lot and it's really hard to see him go but I know he's looking over me on everything I do and I'm sure he's telling me to do my best. He has always supported me in faith and my performing arts career. There still have been times where I have shed a tear once and a while but I know that he's always there and I have so many people in my life from school, church, home, and everywhere that have supported me because that's exactly what he did for them,and have comforted me, and kept my head held high. Boppa's picture is in my locker so that everyday at school I see him in the morning and encourages me to do my best everyday because I know that's what he wanted me to do. I won't forget when I was younger how fun the trips to the dump would be, yelling mailbox everytime we passed a mailbox, and other memories like the skybars that all of us would eat, the twin acres Ice cream trips that we'd go on (especially the tradition of going opening weekend on April 1st) and his love of maple walnut ice cream, the stories he would tell me about his life as a reporter, and his love of the Red Sox! I dedicate all my performances for everything in school and at church and everywhere to him, and he's definitely got the best seat to watch. I will be thinking of him and I know now there is an angel looking down upon me.
Love you Boppa! <3

Gerri Joseph

November 10, 2012

Thinking of you often Bob. There is a big hole in all our hearts that no one will ever be able to fill.

A Long-time friend

November 8, 2012

"Carved out of the sunlight," Bobby was walking Good.

Meg Di Iorio-Joseph

November 1, 2012

I want to thank everyone who either attended my Dad's wake and/or Funeral, sent a card, wrote those wonderful words I just read in this guest book and all other well wishes and sympathetic words of comfort.
My Dad meant the world to me and my 4 children. He was always there for my Mom and the rest of us, no matter what we needed or asked of him. I'm trying to fill those "big" shoes of his but, damn it's not easy!
I miss him very much......

Alice Waugh

October 31, 2012

I had the privilege of working with Bob in the MIT News Office for several years and really enjoyed his warmth, no-nonsense style and sense of humor. He was a great example of the now-dying breed of classic newspaper-person -- a fast and accurate writer and editor with a great instinct for news. I'll miss hearing his banter with Charlie Ball. My deepest condolences to Bob's family and friends.

Barbara Burke

October 31, 2012

Bob was very kind to me when I joined the MIT news office years ago. He made it more fun to go to work. I am very sorry to hear of his death.

Elizabeth Thomson Plageman

October 30, 2012

Bob meant a great, great deal to me. He was a mentor of mine for many years at the MIT News Office. About three years ago I called him after a personal setback. Soon afterwards he sent me a long letter introducing me to Julian of Norwich, one of his favorite saints, whose message was that "all shall be well." At Bobby's funeral I told this to my dear friend Lisa Damtoft, and she immediately started humming a song called Julian of Norwich. She sent me the mp3, and it's wonderful. There are a number of renditions of the song on iTunes; it is a wonderful way to remember Bob and his calm, wise counsel.

October 29, 2012

we were sadden to find out about the passing of Bob. He always had a smile on his face and always a friendly word. Our Deepest sympathies to you and your family. Beth AND Michael Scanlon