FRAMINGHAM – Marco DiDuca, 79, passed away at home on Oct 16, 2021, surrounded by family after a period of declining health.
He was born on October 1, 1942 in Atina, Italy, the son of the late Francesco and Esterina (Nardelli) DiDuca.
He came to the US in 1958 at the age of 15 and lived with his family in Watertown. He graduated from Watertown High in 1962.
After high school, he worked while going to night school to pursue his education and long-term career as an electro- mechanical designer. He was employed at Haemonetics Corp. in Braintree for 30 years where he contributed to the development of innovative medical equipment.
Marco was an avid soccer player and fan. He was involved in both youth and adult soccer leagues in Massachusetts for over 50 years as a player, coach, and administrator.
He also had a passion for gardening and winemaking. He meticulously maintained a bountiful vegetable garden and built his own wine cellar, which he stocked with his homemade wine; he loved to share both of these with family and friends.
Marco is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Lucia (Nardelli) DiDuca. Devoted father of Estia Weyhing and her husband Cornelius of Baltimore MD, Franco DiDuca of Northborough, and Tania DiDuca and her late husband Moses M. Khamis of Hudson. Marco was the adored and proud Nonno to Andrea, Marco, Adela, and Orazio Weyhing.Also leaves his loving sisters, Margherita Drake of Waltham and her late husband Bob, and Connie and Tony Franchi of Weston and many loving nieces and nephews. Predeceased by Beatrice and Orazio Nardelli, mother and father-in-law, and Annunziata, sister-in-law and her husband Antonio Giannandrea.
Family and friends will honor and remember Marco’s life by gathering for visiting hours on Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 4-7 p.m. in the Magni Funeral Home, 365 Watertown Street in Newton.
Funeral Mass Thursday, Oct. 21 at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 573 Washington Street in Newton followed by burial in Newton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in memory of Marco DiDuca:National Multiple Sclerosis Society The Greater New England Chapter101A First Ave.Waltham, MA 02451-1160 nationalMSsociety.org