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David Joseph Di Zinno

February 8, 1949 ~ April 12, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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David Di Zinno Obituary

David Joseph Di Zinno, 74, of Wellington, OH, was called to reside with the Lord on April 12th, 2023.  Born in Ohio on February 8th, 1949, David was the first child of Hugo and Maria (nee Mandalfino) and elder brother to Daniel and Paul. David married Linda Kelly, (1980-1989), and became parents to two wonderful sons, Andrew Rocco and Zebulon Michael with wife Lesley Thomas. As he would say he “gave them roots and then wings.” He also played a role in the lives of Linda’s other children Corey and Heather. David is survived by his brothers, Paul’s wife Linda, (Nee Carr). His niece Deirdre, nephews Luc and Tony. Also survived by great nieces Colleen, Wren, and Hannah, and great-nephews Charlie, Jack, Henry, and Fox. And his longtime friend Candy Ahern. He grew up with a love of nature and the great outdoors, with his main passion in life being trees. A very talented artist, David successfully turned his hand to many art forms but it was within the realms of woodworking that he made his name, cultivating his own unique signature style of abstract mosaic wood sculptures which at first glance were unmistakably David’s handiwork. Well before recycling became mainstream David would refurbish wood from old buildings and turn it into art. When the old Wellington library was torn down, he saved the wood from the dump by buying the workers a few cases of beer. Under his business, Americana Dentata, he was a staple at many art shows, and would amaze people with his skill using 19th century treadle scroll saws. He even went on to sell pieces to the likes of Sandra Bullock and Sharon Gless, and loved to tell the tale of how he exchanged unpleasantries with the latter. Yep, he took on Cagney… and won! But the arts and crafts arena were more than just ‘the office’ for David. It was a place where he felt very at home and over the years, he forged many long-standing friendships with customers and other artists like the late Dan Krapf and Mike Gaber. To honor David, you can plant a tree or better yet, save an old tree from being cut down in your neighborhood. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to his favorite charity the American Chestnut Foundation  A memorial service for David will be held Thursday April 20 th 2023 at 11:00 am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. 512 N. Main St., Wellington, Ohio .


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Memorial Mass
April 20, 2023

11:00 AM
St. Patrick Catholic Church Wellington
512 North Main Street
Wellington, OH 44090


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