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“I am so sorry for your loss. We all have such wonderful memories of our families growing up together in the neighborhood. You are all in our...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Chrissy Chetkin - Melrose, MA

“So sorry to hear of Dennis' passing. ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: Jack Rahilly - Lynn, MA - Friend

“My condolences on your loss. I'll miss my friend. Sorry I could not make it to the wake. ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: Bruce Maxwell - HOLDEN, MA

“My Condolences and Prayers for Dennis and Family. Dennis was alway a good guy and enjoyed life. It was always great to see him. He will be missed. ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: John Renzullo - Dracut, MA

“Wendy & Family,So sorry to learn of your brother's passing. My heartfelt condolences and much love to you all.Laura Stanton ”
5 of 16 | Posted by: Laura Stanton - Friend

“Wendy,sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and your family. ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Kenneth Dolan - Acquaintance

“DiMeo family,Please accept our sincere condolences on your loss of Dennis. I have many childhood recollections of good times at Gooch Park. Cherish...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Lauren Applegate - Lancaster, SC

“I am sorry to hear about Dennis passing. Such a loving and caring family. Many good memories on Vinton Street and Gooch Park. You are all in my...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Rose Gilfeather - Wakefield, MA

“So sorry to hear about condolences to all the family. I will offer Mass for him. Fr. Tom Walsh ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Thomas Walsh - Carver, MA

“Sincere condolences to the DiMeo Family,Fond childhood memories playing with the DiMeos, Barnes kids at Cedar Park and Gooch playground. ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: Peter Tai - Reading, MA

“My sincere sympathy to Dennis' family, especially Laura & Annette with whom I went to Melrose High. So much love & adventure I'm sure there are...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Carol Van Valkenburgh - MA

“I'm sorry to hear that Dennis passed away he was great guy and I'm sorry for your loss Wendy and your family my prayers are with you. ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Mark Santorsola - Dracut, MA

“My sincere condolences to your families loss sending prayers to your family may he RIP Dennis you will be missed ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: Thomas Runge - Surprise, AZ

14 of 16 | Posted by: KENNETH CROWELL - Melrose, MA

“My condolences and prays for the loss of Denise, may he rest in peace. ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: Maria Zizza Caggiano - Melrose, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA

Dennis DiMeo was born in Melrose Wakefield Hospital on September 10, 1959. He grew up on Vinton St. and was the seventh child of a family of nine children. Dennis attended St. Mary's School and Melrose High School and spent much of his youth like most of his peers hanging out Gooch Park, The City Hall Wall and all the other various teen hang outs that the Melrose Baby Boomers use to haunt.

Dennis joined the Navy at a young age and traveled the world and continued to do so even after exiting the service. He spent time exploring various trades, living for a while in Kentucky before settling back home in his native town of Melrose. It was there he started apprenticing for his older brother Kenny as a screen printer and grew to love and excel at this trade earning him his nick name "The Print Monsta" aptly given to him by his lifelong friend Brian. He had a brief but amicable marriage to his wife Maureen and after many years of working the trade, he finally went to work for himself until he retired from printing.
He then started a whole new career as a plumber's apprentice working for his childhood friend Paul and son, and alongside his nephew C.J. The blending of these two families who worked and lived so close to each other gave birth to a close knit old school neighborhood dynamic that revolved around family, friendship, bridge clubs and Dennis' infamous Sunday BBQs.

His passion and skill for the game of bridge was only eclipsed by his love for the barbeque. Every Sunday, regardless of weather or his medical diagnosis, Dennis could be found out behind his apartment building stoking the coals and wood for his grills and smokers. The neighbors and friends would gather around and enjoy the days reminiscent of his youth. These weekly get togethers along with his daily visits to his childhood home wherein his sister Wendy resides with her family, forged an amazing closeness to her and her children Craig, David and Thomas, his Davis kids Jen, Laura, Michelle, Scott and all their friends, spouses and loved ones.

He kept in touch with his other siblings Maria, Claire, Mark, Kenny, Laura and Annette with daily calls, texts and social media. His love for traveling was satisfied with his most recent trip to Texas to spend time with his brother Kenny and wife Olga and also sisters Laura and Annette . A trip to last him a lifetime.
A brilliant man who could have been anything, chose to enjoy the simpler things in life, a day out on a boat, a good Si- Fi movie or book, an early evening on the deck. He loved music, attended many concerts of the greats, Queen, Bowie, The Sex Pistols and Iggy Pop to name a few. It was the simple moments with all these things and the family and friends he loved so much that he found valued as priceless. In the late hour of January 4th with clear eyes and an open heart he set himself free, honoring his own final wish to go home.
An animal lover who is now home, he has joined his loving parents, brother David, partner in crime Sam, beloved cats Skully and Mr. Bones, and his "nephew" dog Zeus.

He leaves behind his fat boy cat Boots and his family and friends who misses him so dearly.
Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 4:00-7:00PM. Followed by a celebration of Life at 7:00PM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be private.