2009-08-07 / Opinions & Editorial

Community says goodbye to two gentlemen


If you feel a sense of loss in the city for the next few days, weeks, months or even years, it most certainly will have to do with the passing of two prominent residents of Leominster - Arthur DiGeronimo and Dr. Louis Amadio.

Both gentleman have a lot in common - their love for and of their family, their hard work ethic, and their genuine caring of others, whether it be through feeding them or educating them.

Arthur DiGeronimo's legacy was more than coownership of the former Victory Supermarket chain - he lived a long and fruitful life. He made it 'wonderfully' easy for all who knew him to celebrate life, either through family gatherings, at the beach, or at the store bagging groceries.

"He loved getting to know people. He was always warm and gracious. He was a gentleman. My mother called him a 'gentle man'," said his son Jay.

Mr. DiGeronimo's father and uncle established the Victory Market store, with the first one located on Mechanic Street back in 1923. As the Victory Market business grew Arthur spent a lot of time reaching out to others. He lived by the thought that to those that much is given, much is expected.

Former Superintendent of Schools Dr. Louis Amadio's legacy was that he was the utmost professional, and was a mentor to all new superintendents coming into the job.

He genuinely cared about public education in Leominster and across the state. He was very well respected by everyone. He was deeply devoted to the issue of education.

Mayor Dean Mazzarella said Dr. Amadio, "was an inspiration to all who worked with him. He made the Leominster school system one of the best around."

Dr. Amadio was also a great family man. Lou had two main loves, first was the love of and for his family, and the second was his commitment to public education

He loved baseball, mainly the Boston Red Sox, and also was an avid golfer. He also took great joy in watching his grandsons play baseball, and would travel to wherever they were playing.

Over their lives and careers, Arthur and Lou received many awards for their accomplishments.

They will be greatly missed by both their families and the community.

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