John DiMasso

John DiMasso

Saturday, October 7th, 1961 - Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020
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Due the current governmental restrictions related to the COVID-19 Virus services will be held privately and a public celebration of Johns life will be celebrated and announced after the restrictions are lifted


WATERBURY – John R. DiMasso, age 58, of Waterbury passed away peacefully on Wednesday April 22, 2020 at his home surrounded by the love and comfort of his family after a short but courageous battle with cancer. He was the widower of Karin (Salisbury) DiMasso and the husband of Patricia (Moran) DiMasso.

John was born October 7th 1961 in Waterbury, CT the son of Ralph and Elizabeth (Moore) DiMasso. He was a graduate of Holy Cross High School and had a long career in Emergency Services. John spent over 30 years working with Campion Ambulance where he held various positions such as Chair Car/Livery Manager and Communications Supervisor. Most recently, John was working for NorthWest CT Public Safety Communications and was a senior communicator primarily at the Waterbury Fire Division. John was a longtime and active member of the Waterbury AOH and St. Francis CYO. He was an avid NASCAR, Boston Red Sox, and NY Giants Fan. John, also known as JDAWG, shared his love for music over many weekends with his cherished friends at Howard’s Café as their DJ and leading them in karaoke.

His long career and dedication to public safety was matched only by his dedication to his family. Over many years he spent the summers creating unforgettable memories while camping with his sister in law Christa and her husband Richard Casey, his nieces and nephew and his daughters. John enjoyed each and every day to the fullest and was a man of great faith. A dedicated husband, father, son, brother and friend, John will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know and love him.

Left to honor his legacy and cherish his love and memory, besides his wife Patricia of 7 years and his parents, are his daughters; Jennifer Reynolds and her husband, Brian and their daughter, Emma of Naugatuck, and Stephanie Flynn and her husband, Brian and their son, Callan of East Hampton, CT. John also leaves his step-sons Michael Rollinson of Jackson Hole, WY and Dan Rollinson of Seymour, CT. In addition, he also leaves his siblings; Jane Pinho of Prospect, David DiMasso of Waterbury, and Maria DiMasso of Waterbury, as well as several nieces, nephews, other extended family members and many friends. John was pre-deceased by his loving brother-in-law George Pinho.

The family would like to sincerely thank all of his family at NorthWest CT Public Safety for all their continued support, kindness, and love to John and our family. Additionally, the family expresses gratitude to Dr. Victor Chang and his staff from the Harold Leever Cancer Center, the Hartford Healthcare Hospice Team, and all Waterbury First Responders.

The DiMasso family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Dispatcher 400, John DiMasso, to The Uniformed Professional Firefighters Association of Connecticut – Emergency Relief Fund at 30 Sherman Street, West Hartford, CT 06110.

Due to the government’s orders now in effect, there will be no public services for John at this time. His family will be honoring his life with a celebration at a date and time to be announced once restrictions have been lifted. Casey’s Eastside Memorial Funeral Home has been honored to assist the DiMasso family during this difficult time. Memories endure only if you share them, so you are encouraged to leave a condolence, words of comfort or a personal memory with the DiMasso family on John’s tribute page at
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The Stallone Family

Posted at 11:58pm
Sent with love and prayers to John and his family during this difficult time. May he be remembered by his smile that lit up any room he walked into.
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Francis I Branco Sr

Posted at 01:25pm
Dear Betty, Ralph and Family, My prayers and thoughts go out to you over the loss of John . He was quite a loving and generous man and a tribute to his family. Stay strong and always keep him in your memories and hearts. GOD BLESS !!! Fran Branco Sr.

Robert Stack

Posted at 08:25pm
John, my friend, my brother you will surely be missed especially by this guy. We grew up together but you touched my life always in the positive way. As sad as it is to know that I will no longer get the occasional IM or be greeted with "Robert" and that huge smile, I know I will always have some awesome memories that I will never forget and will cherish forever. There are so many great memories, wiffleball dog house grand slams, Misquamicut R.I., CYO, Minstrels and the list can go on and on. August 20, 1980 will always be our epic day. We were arrested together in the A.M. driving mopeds in R.I., caused a traffic jam with the aircraft carrier size station wagon in the middle of downtown Middletown in the afternoon and caught the Queen concert in Hartford that night. I was truly blessed that our paths crossed. My deepest condolences to all.

Libby Richardson

Posted at 02:11pm
Jen and family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Keep the memories front and center to help you through this difficult time. XO

Mark Paul Sparano

Posted at 01:27pm
John is my friend from teenage and young adult times. I love that man and am grateful he was part of my life. John was always a good friend and looked out for me like a big brother. So happy I got to see him last year, hug him and tell him I love him. Sympathies to family and friends.

Jane Pinho Posted at 05:07pm

Thank you Mark and he loved you. Having you there meant the world to John.

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