Giovanni Nicolino Centofanti, age 97

of Westwood

Giovanni Nicolino Centofanti, age 97

Giovanni Nicolino Centofanti, age 97, of Westwood, formerly of West Roxbury, died peacefully, Sunday, June 6, 2021, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Giovanni was born in Ari, Province of Chieti, Region of Abruzzo, Italy, to the late Filippo and Assunta (Santone) Centofanti. Raised and educated in Ari, Giovanni immigrated to the United States with his young family, arriving in New York City on April 6, 1956. He had lived in Westwood for twelve years, previously in West Roxbury for most of his life.

He was employed as a laborer in the construction industry for over thirty years and was a proud member of Laborers’ Local 22.

Giovanni loved to sing and was a member of the Gruppo Folkloristico Orsognese of Everett for many years. He also enjoyed singing at family events.

A hard-working family man, Giovanni was an avid gardener and excelled in making wine and sausages for family and friends.

As a young man, he had served in the Italian Army.

Most of all, Giovanni’s passion was his family. He was devoted to his wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, supporting all their activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for sixty-nine years of Maria Lucia (DiNezio) Centofanti.

Devoted father of Susan Assunta DiMascio and her husband Carmine “Nino” of Westwood, John Centofanti of Westwood and father-in-law of Paula Centofanti of Westwood.

Loving Grandpa of Carmine and his wife Laura, Brian and his wife Robin, Robert and his wife Joanne, Amanda, Julia and her fiancé Connor Fitzgerald, John, and Adrianna. Cherished great Grandpa of Eliana and Luca.

One of eight siblings, Giovanni is survived by his sister, Amalia, of Ortona, Italy. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Friday, June 11, from 4-7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Theresa of Avila Church, 2078 Centre Street, West Roxbury, on Saturday, June 12, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Mount Benedict Cemetery, West Roxbury.

For those who wish, donations in Giovanni’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.


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  • Dear Maria, Susan, John and entire family. We are so very sorry for the loss of your husband and Dad. Heartfelt condolences to all. May Giovanni Rest in Eternal Peace.

  • My deepest Condolences to the Centofanti and DiMascio Families,
    Stay strong, Love, Julie Federico

  • Our Deepest Condolences
    Love the Sebastiani Family (from Australia)

  • My sincerest sympathy to the entire Centofanti and DiMascio families. Nicolino was a gentle and peaceful soul, and enjoyed a long and loving life. Over the years we have partaken in his excellent wines and sausages. His devoted family has tirelessly cared for him during his illnesses and they will surely be rewarded for their efforts. I hope they find peace, knowing they made him comfortable in his final days. May he rest in peace.
    Don’t cry for me, I will be OK
    Heaven is my home now and this is where I’ll stay,
    Don’t cry for me this is where I belong,
    I want you to be happy and try to stay strong.
    Don’t cry for me, it was just my time,
    I’ll see you someday on the other side,
    Don’t cry for me, I am not alone,
    The angels are with me to welcome me home.
    Don’t cry for me for I have no fear,
    All my pain is gone, and so are my tears,
    Don’t cry for me, this is not the end,
    I’ll be waiting here for you until we meet again.

  • Dear Mrs. Centofanti, Susan, John and entire family. We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and Dad. I will forever remember all the wine, proscutto and sausages John and I would sneak from your basement when we were teenagers. Johnny would blame me of course. I will always remember those days.

  • My deepest condolences to all of you for the loss of such a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Teresa Scenna

  • Condoglianze dalla famiglia Naccio.(From Miglianico, Italy)