2009-08-07 / Obituaries

DR. LOUIS R. AMADIO, ED.D

Life-long educator and former Leominster School Superintendent

LEOMINSTER - Dr. Louis R. Amadio passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Aug. 3, 2009, after a long, courageous battle with colon cancer.

He was born on Aug. 28, 1937, in Leominster, the son of the late Pompeo "Paul" Amadio and Anna (Iacoboni) Amadio, and was a lifelong resident of 20 Crown St. Most recently he divided his time between Vero Beach, Fla. and Fitchburg.

Dr. Amadio graduated from Leominster High School Class of 1954. He also received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Fitchburg State College, and his Doctorate Degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

He had a long standing career in public education, most notably as Superintendent of Schools in the City of Leominster from 1983 to 1994. He also served as the Regional Director for the Massachusetts Department of Education and as a Senior Policy Analyst for Jobs for Bay State Graduates, Inc. In addition, he also served as a consultant for the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, as Executive Director of Professional Development for Fitchburg State College, and Director for Special Projects for the Merrimack Education Center. He also served as an elementary school principal and teacher.

Dr. Amadio was very active in numerous professional, community and civic organizations. He was a member of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, Sons of Italy Lodge 185 and a founding member of the Italian American Cultural Society. Louis was a parishioner of St. Anna Church, a member of the Leominster Lodge of Elks and served on the IC Federal Credit Union Board of Directors. He was a member of the Harvard Superintendents Round Table, and the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School Business Education Enrichment Foundation. Dr. Amadio also served as a member of the Leominster School Committee for eight years.

He received numerous awards in recognition of his accomplishments. Most meaningful to him was the naming of the Dr. Louis R. Amadio Playground located on the grounds of the Johnny Appleseed Elementary School. He received the City of Leominster Citizen of the Year Award, the distinguished Professional Development Award from the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, the Fitchburg State College Alumni Award and the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School Friend of Education Award.

Louis was predeceased by his wife of more than 45 years, Janet Ann (Carr) Amadi in December of 2005.

He is survived by his three children, Paul R. Amadio and his wife, Donita, and their children, Colton, Natalie and Galen, of Ojai, Calif; Mark F. Amadio and his wife, Linda, and their children, Cameron, Cassandra and Cole of Sturbridge; and his daughter, Ellen Amadio-Aubuchon and her husband, Daniel, and son, Adam of Leominster. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Pazzanese of Spencer; his brother, Francis Amadio and his wife, Barbara, of Bristol, Conn., and his sisters, Pauline Engell of Westfield, Barbara Raboin and her husband, Roger of Lunenburg, and Jeanne Antonucci and her husband, Robert, of West Falmouth and Fitchburg.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Aug. 7, from the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West St., with a Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Anna Church, 194 Lancaster St. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery will be private at a later date. Calling hours are Thursday, Aug. 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Anna Church Restoration Fund, 199 Lancaster St., Leominster, MA 01453 or the Dr. Louis R. Amadio Playground Fund, Johnny Appleseed School, 845 Main St., Leominster, MA 01453.

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