Joseph Dadamo, former CPA on the Main Line

Joseph V. Dadamo
Joseph V. Dadamo
Posted: January 30, 2014

Joseph V. Dadamo, 93, of Marlton, a former certified public accountant for a Bala Cynwyd firm, died Monday, Jan. 27, at Kresson View Center in Voorhees, where he had spent the previous week.

Mr. Dadamo's wife of 62 years, Anna, 95, entered Kresson View on Christmas 2013 and died there Saturday, Jan. 18, a nephew, Michael Melograna, said.

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Dadamos lived in a rowhouse on 21st Street between Morris and Tasker Streets that, typically for South Philadelphia, sheltered three generations of their family, Melograna said.

Mrs. Dadamo's widowed father lived there, along with Mr. Dadamo's brother, his wife, and their two children. Joseph and Anna Dadamo had no children.

"There were seven of us in the household," Michael Melograna said. "It was a wonderful family."

During World War II, Mr. Dadamo was an Army clerk-typist, according to his record of service from February 1942 to October 1945.

The record also shows that he was in combat during the August 1942 to February 1943 battle on Guadalcanal, which kept open shipping lanes between the United States and Australia.

Although he did not earn a Bronze Star, his military record shows that three bronze stars were attached to his Asiatic Pacific Service medal.

"We were surprised when we found the medal" while arranging his possessions, Melograna said. "He never talked about it" or his wartime experiences.

"His brother is in from California, and we're going to be giving him all of his awards," the nephew said.

Mr. Dadamo attended the Pace School for Accounting and retired from the Bala Cynwyd firm Cogen Sklar, he said.

Besides his nephew, Mr. Dadamo is survived by his brother, Dick, and 11 nieces and nephews.

A viewing was set for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at St. Joan of Arc Church, 100 Willow Bend Rd., Marlton, to be followed by a 10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass there, with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon.

Condolences may be offered to the family at Baldi Funeral Home, 1327 S. Broad St., Philadelphia 19147.

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