Anthony M. DiDio, 85, dentist

Anthony M. DiDio
Anthony M. DiDio
Posted: February 23, 2013

Anthony M. "Sonny" DiDio, 85, a dentist for generations of families in the Fox Chase section of Northeast Philadelphia, died Saturday, Jan. 26, of prostate cancer at a nursing-care facility in Montgomery County.

Dr. DiDio grew up in North Philadelphia and graduated from Central High School. He completed a semester at Temple University, then enlisted in the Army.

He was commissioned a second lieutenant at Fort Benning, Ga., where he was a weapons instructor. He left the service in 1948 and returned to Temple, where he studied dentistry.

He married Jacqueline Madonna DiDio in 1952.

In 1955, Dr. DiDio started a family practice in Fox Chase.

He posted the artwork of the children he treated, and when they returned as adults with their own children, he posted those youngsters' artwork, too, said a son, Richard.

"His patients really loved him," his son said. "His office was a Cheers-like hangout for the neighbors and local workers."

Dr. DiDio performed pro bono work for Catholic organizations in Philadelphia and New York City.

When he retired in 2010, he received congratulatory citations from Philadelphia City Council and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

In addition to his wife and son, Dr. DiDio is survived by a daughter, Andrea DiDio Paraggio; a son, Steven; and four granddaughters.

A private memorial service was held Friday, Feb. 15.

Donations in Dr. DiDio's name may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth St., Santa Monica, Calif. 90401, or the American Cancer Society, Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123-1718.


Contact Robert Moran at 215-854-5983, bmoran@phillynews.com, or follow @RobertMoran215 on Twitter.

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