Anthony David Benedetto

  • Born: March 18, 1963
  • Died: November 20, 2019
  • Location: Wakefield, Massachusetts

McDonald Funeral Home

19 Yale Avenue
Wakefield, MA 01880
Tel. (781) 334-9966

Tribute & Message From The Family

Anthony David was born on March 18, 1963 in Winchester, MA to Anthony R. and Rosella (Vittozzi) Benedetto. David grew up in Wakefield and was a 1981 graduate of Wakefield High School. While in high school, along with lifelong friend Walter Havey, David was an inaugural member of the committee which opened the first high school bank institution in the U.S.. One of his most prized accomplishments was graduating the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY in 1985 with a degree in Engineering. He would often reminisce on his time sailing the world touching six continents. David would always make it clear how much he valued the lessons learned on the high seas. Following his time at Kings Point, David attended the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI. After completing his stint at the war, college David successfully served his country as an officer in the U.S. Navy. David attained the rank of 05 Commander. David used his engineering skills to help the navy design the Seawolf submarine. Nevertheless, his best accomplishment while serving in the navy may have been meeting his future wife while serving in Milan, Italy. The two quickly fell in love and married on October 4th, 1995. David even briefly flirted with entrepreneurship starting his own business Benedetto Construction Management.

David was known for his contagious laugh, sensor of humor, bright smile, and twinkle in his eye. Being the fourth child out of five, those qualities helped David through his life as he never shied away from a bit of fun and mischief. David was a lifelong student; he never stopped learning. His intelligence was unmatched to those who knew him. David made a habit of checking his emails daily for the "Word of the Day" and always stayed abreast of current events and politics, some may even have called him a political activist. David always took great pride in that his uncle, John A. Volpe served the Commonwealth as the 61st and 63rd governor.

When David wasn't working he enjoyed spending time with his family and relaxing in the sun while his favorite tunes played in the background, and if the radio wasn't playing David probably was. David was an avid musician who could play almost anything you put in front of him and was never shy sharing his musical talents. David treasured his family and also his Italian heritage. Being the Italian he was, you could often find him cooking in the kitchen as well as enjoying a great Italian feast.

David was larger than life and his joy and laughter will forever remain in our hearts and minds.

He is survived by his beloved wife Tina, daughter Melissa Jean, son John David, and dog, a Bichon named Ginger, all of Wakefield, his two brothers, Robert A. Benedetto and his wife Catherine of Derry NH, George P. Benedetto of Manchester NH, his two sisters, Paula L. of Dunedin FL, and Susan J. of Tewksbury MA, his nephews, Steven B. Russell and his wife Jessica of Dunedin FL, Jonathan B. Russell of Jupiter FL, and Justin B. Russell and his wife Taylor of Fort Bragg NC, Anthony R. Benedetto of Tarpon Springs FL, and his niece Robin A. Fennell and her husband Darrell of Spring Hill, FL. David was also predeceased by his parents Anthony R. Benedetto and Rosella (Vittozzi) Benedetto.

His funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Florence Church, 47 Butler Ave., Wakefield on Wednesday at 10am. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. There will be no visiting hours.

Arrangements in the care of the McDonald Funeral Home, Wakefield.


Condolence & Memory Journal

David was a cool friend so sorry for his passing

Posted by Frank Hegarty - Wakefield, MA - Friend   October 24, 2020

Here again Dad, I think about you everyday. I miss your smile, and your laughter. I will never forget the impact you had on me, and my spirit yearns for you constantly. True love, John

Posted by Johnny B - Wakefield, MA - Son   August 09, 2020

I'm so sorry! The Allen's from around the corner are just hearing about this . We are blown away by your loss. Dave was so smart! Loved being a family man. Our kids grow up together were good time. God bless you all

Posted by Helen Allen - Wakefield, MA - neighbor   January 16, 2020

I love you dad. Not a day will pass again when I don't think about you. The good die young, but the great live forever, and your soul is alive in me now. May you rest in peace Pops, your legacy and wise teachings will never be forgotten. Gonna Miss hearing that guitar sing the morning, but I will always hear it in my mind. Love forever - Your only son

Posted by John Benedetto - Wakefield, MA - Son   December 06, 2019

Such a tragedy, my condolences and prayers for the entire family!

Posted by Kristin Joyce - Stoneham, MA - Classmate   December 02, 2019

David was one of a kind. The world is lesser without him. I'm sorry for your loss.

Posted by John Roberto - Wakefield, MA - Friend   November 27, 2019

So sorry to hear of David's passing. He was always a super nice person. I was a year ahead of David in school, but worked with his mother Rosella for years. He is now at peace with his beautiful mother and father in Heaven.

Posted by Peggy Perry - Wakefield, MA - Friend   November 27, 2019

My condolences to Tina, John and Melissa. David will truly be missed by both my kids and I. I'll miss playing the guitar with him and just hanging out. Rest in piece my friend.

Posted by Joseph Carpenito - Peabody, MA - Friend   November 27, 2019

A very smart and all around great Guy , friend and Cousin . Will truly miss his infectious laugh and great friendly personality. I have nothing but the greatest respect for David. I loved him.

Posted by Paul & Ann Concessi - Saco, ME - Family   November 27, 2019

So sorry for your loss,David was a great person inside and outside.

Posted by Toni Encarnacao - Wakefield, MA - Friend   November 26, 2019

Very sorry to hear of David's passing. We were good friends in high school and I wish I stayed in touch with him. My condolences his family

Posted by Kevin Gmelch - WAKEFIELD, MA - Friend   November 26, 2019

"Coloro che amiamo e che abbiamo perduto non sono più dov'erano, ma sono ovunque noi siamo"


Carissimi Tina, Melissa e John, il vostro grande dolore è anche nostro!
Un forte abbraccio
Maria, Luigi, Daniele, Simone, Serena

Posted by Maria Andriani - Milan - Family   November 26, 2019

Cari Tina, Melissa e John,
Vi siamo tutti vicini in questo momento così difficile. Vi mandiamo un grandissimo abbraccio pieno di affetto.
Luigia, Nino, Alessandra, Alex, Francesco e Ylva

Posted by Alessandra Cassano - Milan - Family   November 26, 2019

Thinking of you in this very sad time. Sending love, Sue Spark

Posted by Susan Spark - North Conway - Family Friend   November 26, 2019

To the Benedetto Family, I am so very sad to hear of your loss and send you and your family my deepest condolences. May the soul of David rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and hope you find peace in this difficult time.

Posted by Teri Matthews - Billerica, MA - Classmate   November 26, 2019

Always so friendly throughout high school-a great guy who will be missed

Posted by Donna MacDonald (Roberto) - Irvine, CA - Friend   November 25, 2019

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