Philip Joseph DiDio, 64, of Nampa, died Thursday, June 27,
1996, in a Boise hospital from coronary heart disease. He was
a beloved husband, wonderful father, proud grandpa, talented
teacher, and good friend.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, July
1, at Christian Faith Center, 817 C. Midland Blvd., Nampa.
Pastor Bill Wolfe will officiate. Private burial will follow
in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell. Services are under
direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa.
Phil DiDio was born June 17, 1932, at Ansonia, Conn. His
parents, Nicholas J. and Carmela DiDio, were immigrants from
Italy. When Phil was 19 he left Ansonia to serve in the U.S.
Navy. While on leave in Chicago, the handsome sailor met, and
in 1954 married Margaret Blanche, Murray of Worcester, Mass.
They were married for 42 years, and had eight beautiful
Phil worked diligently to educate himself. He received his
B.A. degree from Worcester State Teachers College and his M.A.
degree from San Diego State University. Although offered many
different professional opportunities, Mr. "D" chose to spend
32 years of his life teaching in the elementary classroom for
San Diego City Schools. His message to his own children and
many that he taught was one of encouragement and praise. His
value of education is a legacy he leaves behind. After
retiring, Phil and Peggy moved to Nampa, Idaho.
Phil has been an active member at Christian Faith Center.
For the last few years, he enjoyed having time to devote
to his favorite hobby, the game of bridge. One of Phil's most
significant accomplishments was becoming a Lifemaster through
the American Contract Bridge League. He was also a certified
instructor of the game.
Phil is survived by his wife, Peggy DiDio of Nampa; five
daughters and four sons-in-law, Beth Huit of Homedale, Meg and
David Gallina, Mary and Roy Faletti, and Cathy and Jon Beals,
all of Nampa, and Patty and Mark Kadel of Tirana, Albania;
three sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Marci DiDio of
Oceanside, Calif., Tom and Tracy DiDio of Nampa, and Peter and
Stefani DiDio of Boise. Grandpa "D" will be greatly missed by
his 19 grandchildren. Phil is also survived by his father,
Nicholas J. DiDio of Ansonia, Conn.; and his brother and
sister-in-law, Joseph and Marjorie DiDio of Apex, N.C.
Phil will always be remembered for his enthusiasm for
life, his faith in God, and his love for his children. His
family is comforted by the knowledge that he is with his
Savior, Jesus Christ.
Friends may call today from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Alsip
Funeral Chapel. The family will greet friends Monday from 8:30
to 9:30 a.m. at the church.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the American
Heart Association of Idaho, 270 S. Orchard, Suite B.