John F. DiJiosia, Sr., 83, of Plymouth Meeting, died on September 3, 2012 at Montgomery Hospital.
He was the beloved husband of Joan (Friend) DiJiosia for 63 years.
He was born in Conshohocken, PA on March 8, 1929 to the late Antonio and Virginia A. (DiIulius) DiJiosia.
He was a graduate of Conshohocken High School and attended West Chester University on a baseball scholarship.
Since he excelled in baseball, he was at one time asked to try out for the Boston Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Mr. DiJiosia was one of the founding members of the Plymouth Nursery and Landscape Co., where he worked with his family for many years.
He was also involved in local politics and began his political career at age 25.
He served on Conshohocken Borough Council from 1958-1966 and was one of the founding members and past chairman of the Conshohocken Zoning Board.
Mr. DiJiosia served as Mayor of Conshohocken from 1970-1978 and was instrumental in obtaining a $5.4 million dollar urban renewal grant for the revitalization of Conshohocken Borough.
He was a founding member and president of the Christopher Columbus Civic Association and a long time member of the Conshohocken Lions Club and served as president from 1987-1989.
He served as a member of the Plymouth Township Zoning Board from 1990-1998 and served as chairman the last 3 years of his term.
He was also a long time member of Plymouth Country Club.
In addition to his wife Joan, he is survived by 3 children John F. DiJiosia, Jr. and wife Connie,
Lori DiGiandomenico and husband Frank, Linda Sheahan and husband Timothy all of Plymouth Meeting, PA,
8 grandchildren Timothy, John, Robert, Mathew, Frank, Andrew, Caroline, John III, 3 great-grandchildren Alexis, Brady, Caitlin,
2 brothers Joseph DiJiosia of Conshohocken, Anthony DiJiosia of San Diego, CA, and many nieces and nephews.
He was pre-deceased by a brother Peter and 2 sisters Carmella Snow and Ida Scarafone.
Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM at SS. Cosmas and Damian Church, 209 W. 5th Ave., Conshohocken, PA.
The Viewing will be from 9-11 AM at Church. Entombment in St. Patrick Mausoleum, Norristown.
In lieu of flowers, donations in John's name can be sent to American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Road Ste. 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422.
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