Samuel V. Dinovo

August 13, 1931 ‒ September 26, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

Samuel V. Dinovo, age 89 passed away Saturday evening at Sarah Moore Home following a brief illness.

He was born on August 13, 1931, in Delaware, Ohio the youngest of 10 children born to the late Salvatore and Ignatzia (Salamony) Dinovo.  Sam graduated from St. Mary High School and served in the US Navy.

A dedicated member of St. Mary Church of Delaware, he was very devoted to the musical aspect of the parish community. Beginning at the age of 14, he played the organ at St. Mary for 54 years. Sam had a passion for music. He playing by ear and took favor in both playing and leading music for his beloved church. He was proud of the many choirs he directed during his life, including the men’s, adult, and funeral choirs. He was also involved in many other volunteer organizations within the St. Mary community and Columbus Diocese. In 1974 he became the first Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary.

Sam’s bond to the Catholic faith was extremely strong. He served on the Diocesan Allocation Committee. In 2002 he was awarded the title of “Knight of Holy Sepulcher” and was elevated to the title of “Commander of Knight of the Holy Sepulcher” in 2006.

He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1056, and the Delaware Assembly #844, his senior year he became a 3rd degree Knight, and in 1960 became a 4th degree Knight.

Retiring in 1982, Sam focused on the finances of Dinovo Brothers for 36 years in Delaware, a family wholesale fruit and produce business founded by his father and uncles.

After Dinovo Brothers, he spent time working as an administrative assistant and counselor at Touchstone, a residential treatment center for young men. He continued his professional career at St. Brigid of Kildare in Dublin, Ohio, where he handled the finances for the new parish from 1987-1995. He was also a former board member of the Delaware Chamber of Commerce.

Humorous and witty, he always had stories to share. Sam treasured time spent entertaining friends, family, and priests as well as traveling the world, especially to his parent’s homeland of Sicily. He will be remembered for his deep and abiding faith.

Those left to cherish his memory include a host of nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and nephews, as well as many dear friends.

In addition to his parent, Sam was preceded in death by brothers: Gus (Florence) Dinovo, Joseph (Harriet) Dinovo, Fred (Alice) Dinovo, Mike (Mary) Dinovo, and Anthony (Mary) Dinovo; Sisters: Josephine (Floyd) Myers, Anne (Bill) Rowlands, and Mary (Ross) Hamilton-Warner, and Seraphine F. (Leonard) Wooley.

Friends may call from 5:00 -7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30th at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015, where Knights of Columbus services will be held at 7:30 followed by Vigil of Prayer services. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 1st at St. Mary Catholic Church, 82 E. William Street, Delaware, and will be live-streamed by logging into, Rev. Fr. Tony Dinovo and Fr. Kevin Kavanagh Concelebrants. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attendees are required to wear masks and recognize social distancing during both events.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary Church or Sarah Moore Home, 26 N. Union St., Delaware, Ohio 43015.

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  • My deepest sympathy to the DiNovo family. May he rest in eternal memory.
    I, too, had an Uncle Sam DiNovo who was born in Pittsburgh in 1910. He was preceded by two other Sams born in (near) Mansfield but did not survive. His fathers name was Vincenzo (Born in Termini) but was called Jim. He also had a fruit store.

  • Oh my Sweet Sweet Uncle Sam! Such a Great Man that I will forever miss! My love to all my Family as we go through this Grieving process! My love and Prayers to you all!

  • My Heart go’s out to Sam’s family. Such a kind and gentle man. He’ll be so missed sending prayers to all .During this difficult time.

  • Such a sweet man! Always had a smile, a story and those sparkling blue eyes! Yet, he never tried to be the center of attention. He will be missed. Mr Dinovo may you Rest In Peace.

  • Our condolences to the Dinovo family. We sat near Sam in church very often and he was always such a gentleman and his attitude made us feel special just to be able to be near him. He never alluded to it, but we knew his history and knew he was a legend and he knew us and our kids, asked about them, and was always just the most comforting person. We miss church and and Sam is one of the biggest reasons.

  • I hope that eveyone remembers how he brought a wild teenager into his home for three years. he bought all the clothing, food, and don’t forget the car to help get me through a few years. I always enjoyed visiting with him.He will be missed more than i can say

  • Such a sweet man. Thank you, Sam, for sharing with us the astounding gifts that God blessed you with. St. Mary’s is such a beautiful church and your gift of music elevated and intensified the beauty of our worship even more. May God rest your sweet soul and comfort your loving family and all who will be missing you dearly.

  • Sam has been a part of my life from the time I was a child and Sam was a part of St. Mary’s Choir, which my father directed. Sam was also very involved for any years with the music ministry at St. Mary’s. When St. Brigid Parish was founded, Sam was hired as the business manager, and two years later I became the Director of Religious Education, and my office was right across the hall from his. He was certainly a great blessing to our parish, and I so enjoyed working together with him. I also enjoyed seeing him at daily Masses. May he be resting in eternal peace and joy and may his family and many friends be comforted in their grief as they recall the wonderful memories of this great man! Rest in peace, dear Sam!

  • Smooth sailing and safe harbor for you, Sam. I’m sure there is a host of people to welcome you. It has been a blessing to me to know you and your family since our days in school. My brother (Bob Foley) and you (class of 1949) shared a good friendship, and your sister, Mary, and me as well. This, from the bible, comes to mind: “Well done my good and faithful servant.” Also, I enjoyed many years with you in the funeral choir. Rest in Peace.
    Marge (Foley) Matthews

  • I’m so sorry and offer my prayers for comfort and peace to all family members and friends. Rest in peace, Sam Dinovo.