US Air Force
Official Obituary of

John Joseph Dianto

June 9, 1940 ~ January 8, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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John Dianto Obituary

John Joseph Dianto passed peacefully at the age of 83 on January 8, 2024 in Port Orange, Florida. John was born on June 9, 1940 in Staten Island, New York to Edna (Ademonte D’Ulio) and John R. (D’Aiuto) Dianto. He was a devoted husband and caregiver to his wife Louise, and a loving, supportive and ever-present father and grandfather. He will be missed immensely by his family and fondly remembered for bringing laughter and a smile to those around him. 

John grew up in Stapleton where he was an altar boy at St. John the Baptist de La Salle Catholic church. He would often warmly reminisce about the large family gatherings each Sunday and on holidays.  John graduated from Curtis High School where he was a member of the football team.  After high school he joined the US Airforce where he served honorably in addition to playing in the military football league in Europe.  Upon his return to the states John joined the New York City Police Department and retired from the 9th Precinct in Manhattan as a Sergeant.  He was recognized by the city as a hero for his selfless, lifesaving accomplishments. 

John, his wife Louise and their three children lived in New Dorp Beach and were parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic church. John enjoyed weekend runs around historic Miller Field and exploring the rock jetties along the beach with his children.  Each summer he would attend the Feast of Our Lady at Mount Carmel and find wherever the Elegants were performing to catch a show. He loved spending time with his siblings and extended family, lending a hand whenever he could, and always helping to bring a sense of calm or laughter when needed. 

Following his retirement from the NYPD, John obtained his baccalaureate from the College of Staten Island and worked in a family jewelry store in Hoboken. John was a dedicated community activist serving on the Staten Island Community Board 2, the local Civic Association, and was Chairman of the Board of United Activities Unlimited. When his children graduated from New Dorp High School the family moved to Port Orange, Florida where John continued his volunteer service with the United Way, the Council on Aging and at his son’s alma mater, the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University where he was a member of the Board of Visitors among other roles to inform the university’s growth as an aerospace research center.

John’s tireless commitment to family and community has touched many lives.  His motto was to live and let live with respect for others.  And to always believe in yourself.  The way he lived his life is an inspiration and his spirit and legacy carry on through his children, family and friends near and far.

He is survived by his wife Louise; two sons, James and his wife Susan of Plano, Texas and Joseph and his wife Tanya of Cumming, Georgia; his daughter Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly of Carmel, California; six grandchildren Rikki, Alex, Bailey, Madison, Sophia and Gianna; his brother, Dr. Nicholas Dianto and sister-in-law, Linda Dianto; and two sisters, Margaret Foran, Maryann Zuffi and brother-in-law, Robert Zuffi, Jr.

A Memorial Service will be held at Martin Hughes Funeral Home in Staten Island from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 24th with a burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery to follow. A Mass Intention in memory of John will take place on Sunday, February 25th at 10:30 a.m. at the Basilica of Regina Pacis in Brooklyn. To honor John, please consider donating to United Activities Unlimited, Inc. (UAU) an organization dedicated to assisting youth, young adults and families via a multitude of programs, opportunities and support services. 

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Memorial Gathering
February 24, 2024

9:00 AM
Martin Hughes Funeral Home
530 Narrows Rd S
Staten Island, NY 10304

February 24, 2024

11:30 AM
Saint Mary's Cemetery
155 Parkinson Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305


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