Death of Joseph V. ‘Judgie’ DiPietro, Former Lawyer and Director of Regional Government Affairs of Beneficial Finance Co. – Capital Gazette
Joseph V. “Judgie” DiPietro, a former attorney and regional government affairs director for Beneficial Finance Co. who enjoyed building Maryland tidal boat models, died July 5 of heart failure at the Keswick Multi-Care Center in Roland Park. The former longtime Kent Island resident was 89.
Joseph Vincent DiPietro was the son of Vincent DiPietro and Marianna Maggio DiPietro, Italian immigrants from Cefalu, a small Sicilian fishing village. Mr. DiPietro was born the fourth of five siblings in Baltimore and spent his early years with his family in a house on Pulaski Street in West Baltimore.
“At a young age his mother gave him the nickname ‘Judgie,’ and he stuck with it for life,” said his brother Lawrence “Larry” DiPietro of Stevensville.
Mr DiPietro was 7 when his father, a south Baltimore confectionery owner, was killed in an attempted robbery in 1940.
“There were two men, and within three months they were arrested in Washington,” said a son, Salvatore J. “Sal” DiPietro of Lutherville. “They were tried, convicted and at least one was hanged. I don’t know what the disposition towards the other man was.
After his father was murdered, Mr. DiPietro’s mother moved her family to Pinkney Road in northwest Baltimore.
“She took a job at L. Greif & Bro. Inc., clothing manufacturers, working on a piece-work basis, and at night she would bring home ties or whatever they made to support her children and send them to school,” her son said. .
“As children, Judgie and I – and our older brothers, Frank and Sal – worked on the Holbrook farm at the end of Amos Avenue near the Western Maryland Railroad line, just south of the place. where is Reisterstown Road Plaza,” Mr. DiPietro’s brother said. .
Mr DiPietro’s future wife, the former Theresa Incaprera, whose parents were also immigrants from Cefalu, lived nearby on Reisterstown Road, where they owned and operated a fruit stand in the former Lafayette Market. Mr. DiPietro’s brother, Larry, often helped Theresa’s mother, Josie, who ran a second fruit stand in front of their house.
Mr. DiPietro graduated in 1952 from Calvert Hall College High School and later served in the military. In 1956 he married the former Mrs Incaprera and subsequently opened a Tydol Flying A service station on Reisterstown Road.
In 1957 he took a job with Beneficial Finance Co. as a loan officer in its Eudowood Plaza office in Towson, then became manager of the company’s Glen Burnie office. The following year, the couple moved to a house in the Villa Nova neighborhood of Baltimore County, where they lived for 40 years.
While working for Beneficial by day, Mr. DiPietro studied law by night at the University of Baltimore and passed the Maryland bar exam in 1963.
“Judgie took night school for seven years before getting her law degree,” Ms DiPietro said. “He used to come home after our older boys were in bed and wake them up to play with them for a few minutes before going to bed himself. Then start again the next day.
Even though he had been called to the bar, Mr. DiPietro chose to stay with Beneficial.
“When we were young, our dad basically worked one full-time job and three part-time jobs at a time,” said his son Salvatore, who is a director at Diversified Insurance Industries Inc. in Hunt Valley.
“While working for Beneficial, he also owned and managed a residential property portfolio and maintained a small law firm operated out of our home,” he said. “And for several years he was a clerk in the old magistrates’ court above the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Co. He had a very strong work ethic and valued productivity.”
“He also lobbied before the state legislature in Annapolis and Dover, Delaware,” his son Salvatore said.
Mr. DiPietro retired in 1998.
He loved the Chesapeake Bay and was fascinated by skipjack, and passed that enthusiasm on to his children.
“As a kid, he used to take us on weekends to the east coast looking for all the skipjack that could be found,” said another son, Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Michael A. DiPietro of Roland Park. . “He was in love with the craftsmanship of those last boat builders we met in the late 1960s. And we were probably the only family in northwest Baltimore County that had a work boat in the bay like pleasure craft.
In 1987, Mr DiPietro built a house with the help of his sons and brothers at Cox Creek in the village of Chester on Kent Island. The couple settled there permanently in 1997.
“We basically did all the work on this house except for a few skilled trades,” said another son, Christopher V. DiPietro, also of Roland Park and president of CDi Consulting, an Annapolis-based lobbying firm. .
A Republican, the elder Mr. DiPietro immersed himself in Queen Anne County politics and led a countywide voter registration campaign; for his efforts, he was named Man of the Year in 2002 by the state’s Republican Party. He was elected the same year as a judge of the Orphans’ Court, a position he held until 2018.
That year, the couple moved to the Springwell Senior Living Community in Mount Washington, not far from where they grew up.
Mr. DiPietro’s hobby was building beautiful handcrafted models of Chesapeake Bay workboats, a painstaking process that took several months each. Over a 20-year period, he built 40 of them, which reside in his personal collection, family members said.
“Once word of his craft became known on the east coast, he had many requests to build these boats for restaurants and collectors,” said his son Christopher.
Private funeral services were held July 8 at Druid Ridge Cemetery in Pikesville.
Besides his wife of 65 years, his three sons and his brother, Mr. DiPietro is survived by five grandchildren.
This article has been updated to correct Mr. DiPietro’s name and his son’s middle initial. The Baltimore Sun regrets the mistakes.