Father of classmate Matt D'Amato, Jr.
Matthew F. D’Amato, 94, passed away peacefully at home February 26, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was the cherished husband of Mildred (Cangro) D’Amato for 70 years. Born in Springfield, Mass he was the son of Antonio and Francesca (Marino) D’Amato. He was a graduate of Springfield Technical High School, class of 1942 and was a World War II Veteran serving with the U.S. Army 8th Armored Division. He was a resident of East Longmeadow for the past 65 years. Matt was employed as a Carpenter for 45 years and served as an East Longmeadow Call Firefighter from 1964 to 1978 retiring as a Lieutenant. He was a member of the Springfield Lodge of Elks #61, the Mount Carmel Fife and Drum Corp and a parishioner of St. Michael’s Church. Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, Matthew, Jr. of East Longmeadow, and Richard and his wife Margaret of Greenville, RI, two granddaughters, Kristin D’Amato and Lyndsay Sperazzo and her husband Matthew and one great granddaughter, Nora Catherine Sperazzo. Matt was the brother of the late Rose DiGiore, Savino, Gaetano and Michael D’Amato, Uncle to several nieces and nephews and brother-in-law to Phil (Felicia) Cangro and Joseph (Marilyn) Cangro. Funeral Services will be Friday, March 2nd 9:00 a.m. from the Forastiere Smith Funeral Home 220 North Main Street, East Longmeadow, with a mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. at St. Michael’s Church, East Longmeadow. Burial with Military Honors will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery, 1601 State Street, Springfield. Calling Hours are Thursday, March 1st 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Donations may be made in Matt’s memory to the Springfield Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 9045, Springfield, MA, 01102 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
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