C. Dino Giuliano, 94 of Samsonville died peacefully at home on Monday January 10, 2022. He was born on April 13, 1927 in Philadelphia, son of the late Ignazio and Pierina IppolitiGiuliano. He was the seventh of eight children born to the couple who immigrated to the United States in 1913 and his given name was Corrado Gaetano Giuliano.
Dino was a veteran of WWII; he passed away exactly 75 years to the day in 1947 when he was honorably discharged from the Army. He moved to West Shokan in 1947, where he met Florence Eckert, whom he married on February 20, 1949. In 1984, Dino and Florence bought the Shurter farm and moved from West Shokan to Samsonville.
He was charismatic and a natural salesperson. For many years he sold Fords and Chryslers, but when he retired in 1997, it was from Lincoln Logs, his log home sales and construction business. As a young man he was a mechanic, and he could fix anything with an engine. Dino was a leader in the Boiceville business community, where besides Lincoln Logs, over the years he owned and operated Boiceville Lanes, the Sunoco station, and Dino’s Kwik Stop.
Dino was known for his sense of humor and storytelling ability; even at the end of his life when speaking was difficult, a few words supplemented by his hand and animated facial expressions got the point across. He was creative, whether in putting on a puppet show, crafting a Halloween costume, building an entry for the soapbox derby, or designing a better way to carry wood. He loved classic cars and all kinds of vehicles.
He was a member of the Olive American Legion post 1627 for 67 years, a charter member of the Olive Zoning Board of Appeals serving from 1973 to 2020, and a parishioner of St. John’s parish, attending St. Augustine’s chapel.
Dino was very proud of his large family. He is survived by his wife Florence; son Martin (Mary); daughter Janette (Edward Kahil); son Michael (Mary Lou); daughter Gina (Robert Schmidt); grandchildren Regina, Dean, Anna, Beth, Jeremiah, Thomas, Gennifer, Justin, Kacie; great-grandchildren Aidan, Zachary, Ava, Cameron, Presley, Grace, Joseph, Lillian, Francesca, Nolan, Stella, Jasper, and many nephews, nieces and dear friends who were like family to him. He is predeceased by his son Dean, and by siblings Dina Russo, Clara Costanzo, Joseph Giuliano, Ital Romano, Inez Sava, Leonard Giuliano, and Jean Henderson. Special thanks to Ruth Rich for her expert and loving caregiving these past 15 months.
A graveside funeral service will be held on Thursday at 12 noon, at the Mt. Pleasant Rural Cemetery, Rt. 28 Mt. Tremper. Dino loved dogs and the family suggests contributions to honor his memory be made to the Ulster County SPCA. You may share a special memory or condolence with the family on Dino's Tribute Wall at www.gormleyfuneralhome.com Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home 87 Main St. Phoenicia.
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