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John “Jake” Diorio

May 23rd, 2021

John E. Diorio, “Jake”, age 72, a long-time resident of Woburn, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2021, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Jake was born in Winchester, MA, on August 21, 1948; he was the cherished son of the late Louis and Eileen (Arsenault) Diorio. Jake was raised in Woburn where he loved playing sports and was quite an athlete; as the years passed he continued to play sports and became a popular sports figure around the Greater Boston area. Jake attended Woburn Public Schools where he made many life-long friends throughout the years; he graduated Woburn High School with the Class of 1966. Jake continued his education at Merrimack College before enlisting in the United States Navy in June of 1969.

Jake proudly served in the Navy; his duties took him all over the United States and overseas to Spain. Jake completed his active duty in February of 1973 when he was honorably discharged and returned home to his family in Woburn. Jake continued to serve the Country in the Naval Reserves until June of 1975.

Jake was employed for many years as a truck driver for Wang Laboratories.

Jake was a sports fanatic, he loved playing sports and watching sports but his all-time favorite was umpiring girls softball teams. Jake was one of the co-founders who started the Woburn Softball League; he was not only a player for many years but he umpired nearly every game he wasn’t playing. Jake also umpired for many cities and towns throughout the Greater Lowell Area as well as the State. Jake was popular among the players and coaches; his easy going temperament and ability to call a fair game made him an asset to the sport. Jake was always busy umpiring throughout the softball season.

Jake truly loved his sports but his number one priority was his family; growing up on Poole Street in North Woburn held special memories and his family home was always open to everyone. Jake enjoyed hanging out with his brothers and their wives but he considered himself a “Professional Uncle” to his six nieces, nephews and their families; they really were “his world”. Jake looked forward to family celebrations, holidays, vacations and dinners; any reason to bring the gang together made him happy.

Jake will be fondly remembered for his great personality and his big heart; he loved his family and friends unconditionally and would do anything for anyone. Jake was known as an “all around nice guy” and he will forever be in the hearts of those he touched.

Jake was the beloved brother of James Diorio and his wife Cheryl of Wilmington, Joseph Diorio and his wife Angela of Acton, ME, formerly of Auburn, NH and Gerard “Jerry” Diorio and his wife Karen of Auburn, NH. Loving Uncle of Robin, Brittany, Nicole, Adam, Jason and Kristen and Great Uncle to Ava, Max, Tucker, Taya, Norman, Christian, Evelyn and Emelyn. Jake is further survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Wednesday, May 26th from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon immediately followed by a Service at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jake’s memory to the Make A Wish Foundation, 133 Federal St 2nd floor, Boston, MA 02110. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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6 Entries in Guest Book for “John “Jake” Diorio”

  1. Linda Duggan says:

    While I had not seen Jake for quite some time, my heart broke when I heard this sad news. Jake has been in my life for over 50 years and I feel like I lost a brother. Love, prayers and hugs to Jimmy, Joe, Jerry and the entire family.

  2. Steve Molloy says:

    I umpired many softball games with Jake. What a great guy. He was so friendly towards everyone involved in the game. I don’t know a single person who didn’t like Jake and it’s hard to say that about anyone. Rest in peace my friend.

  3. Frank Flanagan says:

    Jake was a great friend. We umpired many games together. Jake all ways called me to just talk. He was a great guy and I will miss him. You will always be remembered my buddy.

  4. Paul Mello says:

    Jake my friend we shared many stories over the past 40 years both in Metro Boston and Greater Lowell. I can’t think of any other ump that was more passionate and more dedicated on the field and off the field a great story teller and a great friend. Miss you buddy and rest in peace

  5. Terry McCormick says:

    “Johnny” (to me) was an old friend. We spent many nights “shooting hoops” on Poole St. ….Jimmy,Jerry and Joey…I’m so sorry that I couldn’t make the services, I found out too late. The past few years we would see each other at the WHS girls basketball games. It was good to see him. Please accept my condolences….Terry

  6. Scot MacKenzie says:

    Loved this guy! Just found out that he passed away and everyone on our softball team was bummed. RIP Jake

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