Claymont-Rudolph “Rudy” P. DiMaio, Sr., age 83, passed away suddenly, surrounded by his family and fiancée on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at Christiana Hospital.
He was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late Helen (Romano) and Anthony DiMaio. Rudy was a kind and generous man who was always there for his family.
Rudy was a self-taught mechanic. He worked for various shops in Pennsylvania and Delaware and later owning his own shop, along with his son and grandson, “Rudy’s Auto” in Claymont, DE. He loved his customers. One of Rudy’s true passions was being around race horses, specifically harness racing horses where he owned and trained along with his late wife, Catherine. Also, along with Catherine, he enjoyed the shore and boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ where they had gone since their late-teens. Rudy continue enjoying the shore accompanied with his fiancée Pat.
He also enjoyed going to the casinos with Pat in Atlantic City, NJ, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
His wife of 47 years, Catherine died in 2002. He is survived by his 3 children, Catherine M. DiMaio, Donna L. Dvorak and her husband Joe and Rudolph P. “Rudy”, Jr.; 4 grandchildren, Rudolph, III, Amber, Joseph and Tyler; a great grandson, Rudolph, IV; several sibling; a sister in law, Patricia Rosengarten and her husband Robert; a nephew, Harry Mackey and his fiancée, of 16 years, Pat Linton. He is also survived by Pat’s family, her children, Dawn and her husband Bill and April (Richard); Pat’s 4 grandchildren, Ashley, Bryan, Rachel and Emily along with 2 great grandchildren, Layla and Isabella. Rudy was also preceded in death by his nephew Bobby Rosengarten.
A viewing will be held on Friday, October 23, from 9:00-10:15 am, at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Homes, 3924 Concord Pk, Wilmington, where at 10:15 the family will have a Eulogy. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 am, at Holy Rosary Church, 3200 Philadelphia PK., Claymont, followed by the burial at Lawn Croft Cemetery, Linwood. Services will be conducted in accordance with current health directives which require mandatory face masks and social distancing practices. Due to the current pandemic, the family sincerely apologizes to say that, there will be no gathering for friends after burial.