Obituary: Dr. Henry J. DiVaio of Boston (Former North End Dentist)

DiVAIO, Dr. Henry J. Of Boston, entered into rest August 27, 2016. Beloved husband of the late Barbara P. (Mulligan) DiVaio. Loving father of Richard J. DiVaio of New Hampshire, Barbara A. DiVaio Waite of West Roxbury, Robert P. DiVaio of West Roxbury, and Patricia A. DiVaio of New Hampshire. Loving grandfather to Jonathan DiVaio, Caroline Waite, and Anthony DiVaio. Loving brother to Anna Marie (DiVaio) Jordan of Saugus and the late Dr. Joseph DiVaio of Hudson. Lieutenant Commander, CDR, U.S. Navy.

Dentist in the North End of Boston for 45 years. Started on Salem Street near the corner of Parmenter. He then moved to Hanover Street across from the First National Bank and had a successful career. He treated several generations of North Enders.

Funeral from the P.E. Murray-F.J. Higgins George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 2000 Centre St., WEST ROXBURY, Friday, Sept. 2 at 9 am followed by a Funeral Mass in Holy Name Church, West Roxbury at 10 am. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Visiting hours at the funeral home Thursday, Sept. 1 from 4-8 pm. Private interment in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Guestbook and directions at P.E. Murray-F.J. Higgins George F. Doherty & Sons West Roxbury 617-325-2000.


5 Replies to “Obituary: Dr. Henry J. DiVaio of Boston (Former North End Dentist)

  1. Henry was a wonderful man, very kind and compassionate. He had an office manager named Gilda who ran the business side of things because he was a soft touch.
    I lived across Salem street from his first office and I needed to have a tooth filled. I was about ten years old and my mother sent me over to his office for the procedure. Appointments didn’t mean much to Henry and the tiny waiting room was jam packed with people spilling out into the hallway. Whole families would just show up and Henry would always see them. I waited for over an hour listening to the drill and smelling the clove oil, dreading what awaited. Finally Gilda called my name and asked what I needed. A filling, I said and pointed to the tooth. That’ll be five dollars, she said. I didn’t have any money with me so she sent me home to get it. I told my mother everything was fine and I didn’t need the filling after all. Gilda saved me from a painful visit.
    Rest in peace, Henry.

  2. Hello to all the DiVaio family , and my mothers good friend Anna. You probably will remember me when I tell you who I am. I am Connie Torname , Daughter of the late Sally and Sal Tornames of Saugus. I just happen to read the obit. Your father (Joe) was very well loved by my family.
    I am sure you will miss him very much. Rest in peace, Joe, Connie Torname of Nashua NH

    1. In addition to the first reply from Connie Torname, meant to say your uncle Joe instead of father. Also add Marie (Torname) Henrikson of Hudson NH

  3. Our condolences to all the Dr. DiVaio family. My wife Elenor (Navarrolli), was born and grew up in the apartment just above his office. Like most of the North Enders in the neighborhood, vividly recalls, many trips down to his office for emergencies and non-emergency dental visits. Although, I personally was never treated by the good doctor, I certainly passed him on the stairwell, many times, and exchanged greetings. Always saddened to hear of the passings of old neighbors Our prayers are with all of you

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