Nicholas DiMastrantonio, 78: 39-year career as Maine railroad engineer

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SCARBOROUGH — Nicholas DiMastrantonio, 78, died at home with his children by his side on Feb. 26 after a lengthy illness.

Born Oct. 3, 1931, in Cambridge, Mass., he moved to South Portland in the 1940s, where he attended local schools.

For 39 years he worked as a railroad engineer for the Maine Central Rail Road.

He was married to Gloria M. Allaier for 32 years.

He was a member of the South Portland Thornton Heights Fire Department Engine 6 and an active member of the Elks Club BPOE 188 in Portland for 37 years. 

His hobbies included baseball, football and basketball, and he was appointed chief umpire of the Scarborough American Little League for 11 years. 

For the past year, his children took care of him in his residence, which was a privilege and honor for him.

Surviving are his brother and sisters, Tony DiMastrantonio of Connecticut, Victoria Wilson of Gray, Rose DiMastrantonio of Hallowell; his three sons, Nicholas DiMastrantonio of Shapleigh, Mark DiMastrantonio of Scarborough, Chris DiMastrantonio of Rumford, and his four daughters, Sheila Sanborn of Standish, Julie Reynolds of Gorham, Priscilla DiMastrantonio of Saco and Tina Webber of Waterboro; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Visiting hours were Wednesday at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. 

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 4 at Deliverance Center Church, 1008 Congress St., Portland.

Contributions to assist the family with funeral expenses may be made to the Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland, Maine, 04106.

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