Hugo DiJohn

David Peake
April 19th, 2022

  • Terry Pospischil / April 20, 2022 at 10:40 am

    Uncle Hugo was the very best of uncles! Always their to lend a helping hand or give advice to my family. I enjoyed his phone calls and text messages and I would stop in to see him when ever possible. We always had fun and great conversations. I will always be grateful that I was able to see him on Good Friday, I loved him with all my heart. I will miss him, but know that he is with his God and his family that has passed before him.
    Terry Pospischil

  • Mark Pospischil / April 21, 2022 at 7:30 am

    Words cannot express my gratitude to Uncle Hugo. Always humble, encouraging, and quick witted he gave me so much to aspire to. Hugo taught me the value of family, community, craftsmanship, kindness, and unconditional support. He has been a life long mentor and idol. Few men can say they lived a life so full of beauty and wonder. Uncle Hugo was our patriarch, always guiding us towards our better selves. I will sorely miss his wisdom and intelligence. Thank you for all you’ve done for me and our family. I’ll see you on the other side.

  • Dr. John Buonomo / April 21, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Hugo was a pleasure to treat as a patient. His mood was always uplifting and he always left the waiting room with kind words to anyone that he saw or he was sitting with. His humor, cheerfulness, and personality will stay with my staff and me forever. Although he was 94, he seemed much younger, we were so saddened by his sudden death and he will be greatly missed.

    With great sympathy,

    “Dr. John” Buonomo, Mrs. Jeanette Formento, Mrs Maryann Buonomo

  • Lorraine Pecorao_ / April 26, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    As we prayed for Dad’s peaceful transition into heaven, my sister Nancy read a tribute at his mass which I share here for friends of Dad who could not celebrate in person his passage into heaven:

    02/16/28 – 04/17/22

    Who was Dad? He was the most loving, generous, humble cheerful, fun and optimistic man. Upon meeting him for the first time, he immediately bonded with you as a friend.

    He was a helpful soul, who only wanted the best for someone and nothing in return. He wanted to know everything about a person so he could offer help if needed or simply share and celebrate their accomplishments. He was selfless. He never once denied any of us children or family and friends his time, kindness and support. He practiced his faith every single day of his life by his interaction with others, a true Christian.

    Dad was highly intelligent. He remembered everything and could have meaningful discussions on just about anything. Dad could fix anything and build anything. How many of our friends and family and extended family have a “Hugo” kitchen or bathroom. How many of us have had a dishwasher, garbage disposal, hot water heater, tiled floor or ceiling fan installed? Or needed more electrical outlets, or brakes fixed on your car? Dad did it all. He did a great job of fixing people too. He could cheer you up and soothe a broken heart.

    Dad enjoyed singing and would spontaneously break into an Italian Song! He was a great dancer and never passed up the chance to get a lady on the dance floor. Our mother was infinitely patient and indulgent while watching him cut a rug with all the ladies. Dad enjoyed good wine, good tequila or a good scotch and enjoyed any meal, big or small. If there were leftovers, he didn’t want a meal cooked, and would ask my sister who he lived with “are we fending for ourselves tonight?” That was his way of saying don’t do anything extra.

    And oh boy – his sayings, there are too many to list. One of his favorites was “Un pasto senza vino e’ come un cuore senza amore – meaning a meal without wine is like a heart without love. And his favorite greeting “My Main Man Pots and Pans!” He also enjoyed anointing you with a new nickname. Some of the best are Chedazul, Its, Scoop, Andy, Lorena, Giacomo, little nag, Jackie, dear brother. The list is endless. Some of you out there may recognize yourself in one of those nicknames.

    He enjoyed sharing insightful stories of his youth with family, friends, and his grandkids. He was so excited to have his first great grandchild Luci. And now Luci’s brother, baby Hugo, is on the way. He was thrilled about that too. He was so proud of his name, HUGO – like a one named rock star! Which he was! He was a wonderful husband to our mom who has passed away. He worshipped her and of course thought she was never wrong. Dad believed that women were literally a gift from God. As a father, his love, support, and endless generosity has overflowed our hearts. Our endless thank you’s and appreciation could never be said enough.

    It is unbelievable how he embraced technology like a youth. His cell phone was a lot of fun for him. He loved using it to connect with everyone, share pictures, and sending weblinks to his friends. It was his electronic encyclopedia. He would preface sharing information by saying “my phone told me’! And if you were talking with him and he wanted to know something, he would say “ask your phone”.

    And most of you have experienced him leaving his infamous voicemail:


    Our thoughts end with this – He continued to live his life at 94 by always being up on current events in the world, going out with his friends, taking care of his health, enjoying each and every family and friend event. He values the small things in life. He was always grateful for each person and moment and was always content in being exactly where he was.

    There is nothing more valuable than having had Hugo in your life. Many of you have a story to share about him. You are all special and we are glad and thankful you were a part of his life because that is what he valued most.

    Cheers, love, and kisses to wonderful Hugo, our dear Dad.


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