Resolution J2214-2013

Honoring Gerald Didio upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition as the oldest member of the Utica Comity Club

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  • Jun 11, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 11, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 5, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Gerald Didio upon the occasion of his
designation for special recognition as the oldest member  of  the  Utica
Comity Club

WHEREAS,  Senior  citizens bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to
the increasingly active roles they play in today's society;  their  past
contributions and future participation are a vital part of, and valuable
asset to, the fabric of community life and activity; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant  to such concern and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body  is  justly  proud  to  honor
Gerald  Didio  upon the occasion of his designation for special recogni-
tion as the oldest member of the Utica Comity Club; and
  WHEREAS, The oldest member of the Utica, New York, Comity Club, Gerald
"Gerry" Didio was born in Utica, New York, on February 28, 1910; he  was
the fourth of seven children of Michael and Grazia Didio; and
  WHEREAS, A graduate of Utica Free Academy in 1928, Gerry Didio was the
Captain of the baseball team; and
  WHEREAS, Gerry Didio was instrumental in promoting sports programs for
the  youth of Utica; he was active in the Utica Sports Boosters, serving
on a committee which first brought Little League baseball to  the  City,
and  was  the  founder and first president of the Cornhill Youth Associ-
ation; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, Gerry Didio was influential  in  persuading  the
City  of  Utica  to  convert  a dumping ground on Arthur Street into the
famous O'Connor Playground; and
  WHEREAS, A committed citizen of Utica, Gerry Didio  became  interested
and  active  in  the  affairs  of  senior  citizens; as chairperson of a
subcommittee on aging, he assisted in the establishment  of  Senior  Day
Centers in North Utica, East Utica and at the Adrean Terrace; and
  WHEREAS,  Gerry  Didio  was the owner of Gerald's Men Shop in downtown
Utica for 32 years; he also was a former President of the Downtown Utica
Merchants Association; and
  WHEREAS, A prominent sports official as a member of the Mohawk  Valley
Umpires  Association,  Gerry  Didio was also a talented violinist, and a
member of the Utica Symphony Orchestra for 60 years; he played with  the
Con Amore Strings and the Little Falls, New York, Symphony, as well; and
  WHEREAS,  Married  to the late Lena Camarata Didio, Gerry and his wife
were the proud parents of three attractive daughters, Grace,  Paula  and
Mary Lou; and
  WHEREAS,  It is the intent of this Legislative Body to publicly recog-
nize and commend those who have witnessed and contributed to the  devel-
opments  and achievements of our Nation, State, and communities over the
course of their noteworthy lives; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  Gerald  Didio  upon  the  occasion of his designation for special
recognition as the oldest member of the Utica Comity  Club;  and  be  it
further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Gerald Didio.

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