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|Alfred Anthony DiRienzo|
|Viewing: November 10, 2019 (Sunday) from 2:00-4:00 p.m.|
Service: November 11, 2019 (Monday) at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Mother Seton Parish, 19951 Father Hurley Blvd, Germantown, MD 20874
On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, Alfred Anthony DiRienzo (Al) passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He was the beloved son of Anthony & Concetta (Salierno) DiRienzo of Villamaina, Italy. Beloved Husband of Martha (Terino) DiRienzo for 64 Years. Loving Father of Doreen DiRienzo (Roger Blais Jr.), Christine Klopfer (Stephen Klopfer Sr.) and Donna Heller (Leonard Heller). Loving Grandfather of Anthony Cogliandro, Joseph Cogliandro, Stephen Klopfer, Elizabeth Walko (Klopfer), Matthew Klopfer and Valerie Batchelor. Loving Great grandfather to Tyler, Avery, Kyle, Dylan, Jackson & Hadley. He was pre-deceased by Sisters Concetta DiRienzo and Rita DiRienzo (Cauble), brothers Felix and John DiRienzo and grandson Matthew DiRienzo Klopfer.
Al DiRienzo was Born in East Boston, Massachusetts, October 26, 1931 and graduated from Boston English High School in 1949. Former International Union official, he began his career as an apprentice with the Bricklayers BAC Local #3 Boston, MA in 1950. In 1952, he enlisted in the US Navy (Seabees) for 4 years during the Korean War serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of operation. In April 1956 he was honorably discharged and resumed his apprenticeship training and that same year became a journeyman bricklayer. Using the GI bill, Al attended Wentworth Institute 1956/57.
In 1958 he was elected to Local #3 Advisory Board and then the Negotiating Committee. In 1965 he was elected as the President of Local #3 and subsequently became Business Manager. In 1974, Al DiRienzo was elected as the President of the Massachusetts Building and Construction Trades Council of the AFL-CIO. In 1975 he became the Director of Trade Jurisdiction for the International Union of Bricklayers, Masons, and Allied Craftsmen in Washington D.C. He then later served as International Union Representative of the Southwest region of the United States for nine years. In 1990 he was elected International Vice President and assigned as Regional Director for the New England region of the United States. In 1996, He was again assigned to the International Union office in Washington DC to serve in several programs including assistant to the President. In 2006 he retired and remained a resident of Maryland.
Although Al had a long and productive career as a representative of the hard-working members of the International Labor Union and received countless awards in recognition of his exemplary work and dedication, above all and most important to him was his family. He loved his wife of 64 years, adored his three daughters, cherished every moment with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He always said, “Family is Everything”.
Friends may call at DeVol Funeral Home, 10 E. Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD on Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Mother Seton Parish, 19951 Father Hurley Blvd., Germantown, MD on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at All Souls Cemetery, Germantown, MD. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Ste. 100, Rockville, MD 20850, https://www.montgomeryhospice.org/donate-and-support
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