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“I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Johnny is one of the most beautiful people I've ever met. The love between him and Auntie Leona was something I'm...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Great-niece Halie (Tony's granddaughter) and family Robson-Rando - PA

“Joani & Donna,Our prayers go out to you and your family during this very difficult time. I remember your mom & dad visiting over at my parents house...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Robert Lavina - Wayne, NJ

“Love yall. I am so sorry for your pain in this time. I pray God gives you peace beyond all earthly understanding. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Kim Tyndall (peterson) - NC

“Joani and Donna,Thinking of you. Sorry for the loss of your father. He was wonderful man.Sincerely,Jeannette ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Jeannette McCarthy - Waltham, MA

“Hi Aunt Donna, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. He was the best guy, and made every holiday memorable. I will miss him very much. Please know...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Caitlyn Wasserman

“A giant of a man with a kind, gentle heart. He fougnt the good fight on his terms. Love you Papa, rest in peace. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: GARY MANOOGIAN - Waltham, MA

“Donna and Joani, Your dad was such a special man. He was so loved by all of my family. His many talents were amazing and diverse. From his...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Karen Manoogian Wasserman

“Aunt Donna I wanted to reach out and offer you my condolences for your fathers passing. He was always a bright light and a pleasure to be around. He...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Ben Wasserman

“Dear Donna, Gary, & Joani,I will never forget your father and mother....They would always bring a smile to my face as I would see them walking in the...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: David DeMarco - WALTHAM, MA


Waltham – Mr. John T. Defino, of Waltham, died on Sunday August 22, 2021 in Care Dimensions Hospice House, Lincoln. He was 95.

John was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 6, 1926, the son of the late Antonio and Mary (Bonica) Defina. He was raised and educated in Brooklyn and after World War II broke out he enlisted in the United States Navy. Upon his return home he lived in Watertown for a few years before settling in Waltham where he has lived since. Until his retirement he had worked as carpenter for Wellesley College.

He was the husband of the late Leona (Santamaria) Defino and is survived by his daughters, Joani Defino and Donna Manoogian (Gary) all of Waltham.

Funeral services are private.