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DiMaio, Alphonse October 27, 1933 - December 27, 2022

Alphonse A. DiMaio, age 89, of Hackettstown died peacefully on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center in Hackettstown after a short illness.

Alphonse was born October 27, 1933 in Dover, NJ. He is the son of the late Antonio and Rose Anna (Christiano) DiMaio. In addition to his parents Alphonse was preceded in death by his brothers, Raphael, Joseph, Ralph, Andrew, Samuel, and Vincent DiMaio, sisters, Angelina Jewell, Mary DiMaio and Marie Masker, a granddaughter, Cherie Gauthier, a grandson, Stephen Gauthier and a sister-in- law, Linda DiMaio.

While in High School Al excelled in his studies where his love of geography and history became quite apparent. The foundation of his competitiveness, hard work and toughness began as a member of the undefeated 1951 Hackettstown High School Football Team which was arguably one of the best in the school’s history. Although small in stature he played guard earning 1st Team Group 1 and 3rd Team all Groups All-State Honors. The team was ranked 11th in the State of New Jersey and as a unit only allowed 38 points to be scored by their opponents for the entire season.

Alphonse served in the New Jersey National Guard, 50th Armored Division, 113 Tank Battalion, Company B from July 15, 1951 to July 15, 1960 and in the U. S. Army Reserve from July 15, 1960 to July15, 1962, having achieved the rank of Sergeant. Al was a partner in two construction companies: DiMaio Brothers, Inc. and later as the President of A. DiMaio & Son, Inc. of Hackettstown, NJ. He was an incredibly talented tradesman and businessman mastering both the carpentry and masonry trades. When he was on the jobsite, he was a driving force with his knowledge and energy. Simply put, he loved his work and loved to work. During his career which spanned some 58 years he taught his craft to many apprentices. He was passionate about helping someone that might have been considered an “underdog” who may have needed guidance or help getting on the right track. He did this by helping them develop not only the skills of the trade but life skills as well. To see a young person succeed was among his greatest accomplishments.

Al also shared his talents as a two-term member of the Hackettstown Town Council from 1967 to 1972. He also served as a member of the Planning Board.

He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley Ann (McConnell) DiMaio, a son, John DiMaio and his wife Gina, a daughter, Deborah Dilatush and husband Jon, a brother Gerald, granddaughter Sierra DiMaio and companion Jon Nelson, granddaughter Brittani Wittmann and husband Josh, granddaughter Christine Meyers and husband John, great grandson, Wyatt Wittmann, and great granddaughter, Ryleigh Nelson.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 4, 2023 from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

The funeral will be held 11:00 am on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Father Leopoldo Salvania officiating. Burial will be in Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Alphonse may be made to Hackettstown First Aid & Rescue Squad, PO Box 201, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840 or to the Hackettstown Fire Department, 110 Moore Street, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. For those wishing to leave online condolences, please visit


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    Joe Lake says

    He was one of Hackettstown’s best citizens. He always had a smile and a nice greeting when you saw him. May the angels welcome him home with singing and joy.
    Our sincere sympathy to his wife, and family
    Joe and Janet Lake

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    Joy Snyder says

    I am very saddened to learn of the passing of longtime family friend, Al…My Sincere Condolences to the entire DiMaio family. Hackettstown has lost a town icon for sure. Joy Snyder

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    james henderson says

    Sorry For The Loss Of Your Dad John

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    Paul & Robin Wallace says

    Dear DiMaio Family
    My Wife Robin & I were so saddened to hear of Mr. DiMaio’s passing, our Town has truly lost a man of Character, talent, but our loss can not compare to the heartbreak You all are going through.
    We pray 🙏🏻 our FATHER In Heaven will Comfort You All as only HE can, through Christ our LORD.
    GOD Bless You dear family.
    Paul & Robin Wallace

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    Kevin Smith says

    My thoughts and prayers to John and the entire DiMaio family. Always a pleasure to see Al, a smile and a story. I am sorry for your loss.

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    Sharon Schlomer Housel & Pat (Florida) says

    We are very sorry to read about your loved one. Condolences to everyone whose hearts were touched by this loss.

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    Chick and Linda Dimiceli says

    Condolences to the family Al was always a pleasure to be around always had a little humor to tell you DiMaio family was always a part of the town He will be missed. God Bless

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    Many of great memories from the family gatherings. Blessings to your family

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    Sheryle Place says

    Aunt Shirley John and Debbie I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Las passing. Sending love and prayers to you and your families. Sherrie

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    Henry A. Jewell says

    To me Alphonse DiMaio was Uncle Al. I worked with him on construction jobs. He gave me the lifelong nickname ” Sach”. Every time I saw him at family functions he always said “Hey Sach”. Uncle Al was a smart businessman and a kind man. I am just glad that we had time to sit down and talk with each other for a few hours recently.

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    Scott and Pauline Churchill says

    John and Gina-Accept our condolences-Al always had a joke and a smile for everyone-he will be truly missed as a pillar in the community.

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    Gary J. Kuipers, Sr. says

    Our sincere condolences to the DiMaio family on Alphonse’s passing. He was truly a gentleman with an agape love for all. Al was industrious and a hard worker, I never heard a negative word spoken from him. He was a good family man and his example in today carried on by his lovely family. May the peace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ be with you all.

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    Joe and Terry Steinhardt says

    With heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your father

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    Arthur Gauthier says

    I knew Al for over 20 years. I knew him as a good family man and hard worker. As the Grandfather of my children, he had a heart of gold. Thank you Al, you’ll be sorely missed.

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    Dr. Benjamin and Mrs. Roseann Iuvone says

    With sincere condolences on the passing of your father.

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    Donald MacClellan says

    The MacClellan family send their condolences. We always enjoyed talking about the old days with the DiMaio family

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    Joseph Pannia says

    Al will be missed !! The Pannia family send their condolonces.
    Al was a great friend and a wonderful long time “Paesano” to me, at first when moved from Italy to settle in this beautiful town of Hackettstown in 1985, I was a little shy and a nervous resident to say the least, I had no confidence in myself to go out and make new friends, until I met y Al DiMaio inside the K Mart mall seating on the same bench several time a week, talking with people passing by. I learned a lot of things talking to him, from Football and baseball, from History to Geography and of course from carpentry to masonry projects.
    Al loved to help people, he loved to talk to me in Italian, he knew that I was born and raised in the old country and we immediately connected and we became friends since, I was impressed for his passion and love to talk to people about anything, Al was always a pleasure to be around
    Condolences to the DiMaio family
    Joe Pannia

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    Claudia Conway & Butch Petersen says

    John and Family,
    So very sorry to hear of Al’s passing. Hard work was his middle name and you seem to have that trait as well. May God Bless you and your family.

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    Barbara Gehrett says

    Debbie, John’s, Chrissy, Shirley and family
    So very sorry to hear of Al’s passing
    He was a Wonderful man
    Cherished memories

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    Todd Andenes says

    I worked for Al 87’-91’ Alphonse was an incredible teacher and a master of his craft. I was so very fortunate to have learned from one of the best. Al was very kind and also had a great sense of humor. Many of Al’s hilarious jokes and one liners live on as they have stuck with me through the years. Thank you for the great memories Al, rest easy my friend. ❤️

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