John Joseph Divico, Sr.


John Joseph Divico, Sr., of Cumberland, left this world at 90 years of age, to join his beloved wife and son in heaven on Jan. 24, 2019, at Western Maryland Health System.
He was the son of the late John A. Divico and Aide (Grande) Divico. He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Mildred E. (Martin) Divico; his son, John Joseph Divico, Jr.; his three sisters, Julia A. (Divico) Bertone, Lena J. (Divico) McCullough, and Anna M. (Divico) Pannone; and two infant sisters.
Upon graduation from Fort Hill High School in 1946, he joined the United States Army and was sent overseas and served in the Occupation of Japan with the 1st U.S. Calvary Division until 1948. He then joined the Army National Guard until 1960 and transferred to the 265th Supply Company, U.S. Army Reserve. He was employed as a full-time Civil Service Army Administrator and Army Reserve Chief Warrant Officer 4 until retirement in 1988 for a total of 42 years of military service. During the Occupation he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and Japanese/German Occupation Medal. He was twice awarded the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, as well as the U.S. Civil Service Superior Performance Award, and numerous other service ribbons and medals. John also operated a firearms sales and service business as a hobby for many years.
John is survived by his two daughters and daughter-in-law: Cynthia L. (Divico) Caporale and husband Gus, of Cumberland, and their children: David J. Caporale, his wife Missy and their children, Michael and Julia; Brian A. Caporale, his wife, Stephanie, and their daughters, Taylor and Samantha; Joseph M. Caporale, his wife, Kerri, and their daughters, Brynne and Camille; Anthony M. Caporale, and his wife, Jessica, and their sons Asher and Arlo; Theresa M. Divico and husband SFC Christopher Carter, of Fort Meade, Maryland, and their son, Andrew M.L. Divico, and his son, Luca; Linda (MacDonald) Divico, of Tampa, Florida, and children, Andrea A. (Divico) Stagnaro, her husband Joseph, and their children, Ella, Ava, Eres, and Elliot; Alicia A. Divico and Sebastian Llull, and their daughters, Lilliana and Isla; and Aimee A. Divico. John was a loving husband, grandfather and great-grandfather, and known to many as "Pap" and to the great grandchildren as "Old Pap".
His family and friends meant the world to him. He was the strong-arm of the family, yet had a heart of gold and caring nature to all who were lucky enough to have him touch their lives. In his work from 1950 to 1988, he was able to assist numerous young men and women to further their education and careers, working to help them with educational assistance and making officers and leaders of them. Out of close to 4000 persons that passed through his office in the 38 years, he worked, voluntarily, to get their retirement papers processed and casualty assurance for the widow or widower when a member passed away.
He was a Life Member of the National Rifle Association, Cumberland Council 586 Knights of Columbus, Fraternal Order of Police, Cumberland Outdoor Club, the American Legion, and the Retired Officer's Association. John was a devout Catholic and a member of Saint Patrick's Catholic Church where he served twice on the Parish Council, sang in the Church choir, served as a Lector, an Altar Boy for funerals, and was an Associate Member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. As a youth, he attended St. Mary's Catholic School and Church, in fact, he was the first baby boy to be baptized in St. Mary's Church in 1928.
He took pride in being the first generation of Italian immigrants and he and Milly enjoyed several trips to Italy to visit family. He and his wife, Milly, over the years loved to travel, camp, bowl and attend numerous activities, mostly sports with their grandchildren, and was very involved with and proud of his family. He was an avid hunter and took several trips out west to hunt mule deer and antelope and loved spending time in his gun shop working and visiting with friends. During his lifetime and through his military and civilian careers, he met many outstanding people and was blessed with a tremendous amount of wonderful friends.
John's family would like to extend a special thank you to his brother-in-law, Benny Martin, and the caregivers from Tender Loving Care and Tri-State Home Care for the daily comfort and concern they showed for him.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a memorial donation be made in his name to: Our Lady of Mountains Parish, 300 E Oldtown Road, Ste #2, Cumberland, MD, 21502; Bishop Walsh School, 500 Greenway Avenue, Cumberland, MD 21502; to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123; or to the charity of your choice.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Avenue, Cumberland, on Sunday, January 27, 2019, from 3pm to 7pm. Christian Wake services will be held at the funeral home at 7 pm.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church, 300 E Oldtown Road, Cumberland, on Monday, January 28, 2019, at 11a.m. Interment will be in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by members of the Fort Cumberland Post 13 Honor Guard.
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