April 11, 1925 ~ August 30, 2009
Arthur Roy Dioguardi, beloved husband of Lucy Monteneri Dioguardi for 57 years, died unexpectedly on August 30, 2009 at his home. He was born April 11, 1925 in Meriden to Louis and Mary (Cianci) Dioguardi and was a life-long resident of Meriden. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Meriden and was previously a member of Grace Baptist Church of Meriden, the former Italian Baptist Church of his grandparents. He was a Deacon for many years at Grace and First Baptist and an active member of the Men's Fellowship. He was a Mason at Center Lodge #97 AF & AM since 1962 with his four brothers. He worked at Hunter's Livery Service Division of Meriden for 20 years. He grew many friendships while with Hunter's and loved to help his young clients who needed special care, especially Victor. Lee served in the U.S. Army during WWII as a machinist. Upon returning home he worked at New Departure and International Silver. In 1953 his mother opened the L.D. Grocery Market on Hanover Street and he managed the store with his brother John, for over 30 years. As a boy, he worked in his father's shoe repair service. Surviving is his wife Lucy, his sisters Gloria Cerreta of Meriden and Joyce Daniels of Florida and many loving nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his brothers, Ranelle, John, Louis, Jr., Ernest and Ronald Dioguardi and sister Norma Cabata. Uncle Lee, as he was known, was a very loving, fun and generous Uncle to his nephews and nieces. His family was very important to him and he will be greatly missed. The Memorial Service will be held at the First Baptist Church, 460 Broad Street, Meriden, on Saturday, September 19 at 11am led by The Rev. Dr. Robert Prescott-Ezickson. The Interment of his ashes will take place at 10am at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Meriden. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Lee's memory to the First Baptist Church of Meriden. The Beecher-Bennett Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.