Albert Camille DiDonato
Born October 19, 1933 – Deceased April 23, 2018
Albert Camille DiDonato passed from this journey on earth on Monday, April 23, 2018 surrounded by his wife, family and caretakers at Gulf Coast Village and Hope Hospice of Cape Coral. He was a man of humility, devoted to his family and community.
Born on October 19, 1933, he was the son of the late Giuseppe DiDonato and Angelina Marinelli DiDonato.
Bert was a graduate of Liberty High School in Bethlehem, PA where he was a drummer in the marching band and had the honor of performing at the President Harry S. Truman’s Inauguration. Upon graduation from high school he enlisted in the US Air Force and was stationed at Nouassuer Air Force Base in Casablanca, North Africa, where he worked for the commander, General James L. Jackson. He met his future wife, Marlene Martin at a horse race in Teet Mileel, Morocco. They were married in two separate, ceremonies on December 18, 1954 in Casablanca and Nouasseur Air Force Base. Together, they shared 63 years of marriage and wondrous adventures.
While raising 5 children and working full time at Western Electric, he attended Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, graduating in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Bert worked for Western Electric in Allentown, PA for 27 years and went on to a second career at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, PA.
He volunteered with the Bethlehem Township Fire Company, the Spanish American Civic Association, was a founding member of Big Brothers of Allentown, PA and was a dedicated Big Brother. Bert was also active in the United Way of Allentown and was also a member of the President’s Council of the former Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales.
Bert is survived by his devoted, loving wife of 63 years, Marlene and five children. Karen (James) Bingham of Goffstown, NH, Angela (Richard) Piel of Lancaster, PA, Steven (Lisa) DiDonato of Bethlehem, PA, Albert DiDonato of Philadelphia, and Tim (Kendall) DiDonato of Kamuela, HI, seven grandchildren Gary Monterosso, Nicole DiDonato Law, Thomas Monterosso, Jenna Giurlando Bee, Michael Giurlando, Dominick DiDonato and Danica DiDonato and two great-grandchildren, Jaxon Law and Eloise Marie Monterosso. He was predeceased by his parents, and his siblings John, Antoinette (Ethel), and Charles.
The DiDonato family is grateful to the professional, caring staff of Gulf Coast Village and Hope Hospice of Cape Coral provided to Bert during these last few years.
Family and friends are invited to join in a celebration of Bert’s life on Thursday, April 26th at 10:00 am at Gulf Coast Village Auditorium, 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral, FL. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or the local chapter of Hope Hospice of Cape Coral, FL would be deeply appreciated by Bert and Marlene’s family.