2017-06-23 / Community

Lasting legacy



The family of Santo “Sam” DiPietro, including, from left, his wife Helen, and children Sam, Susan Green, and Michael, stands with the monument unveiled in his honor June 20 in the park now named in his honor, located across from the DiPietro’s on Cottage Road, at the corner of Pillsbury and Davis streets. DiPietro, who died Oct. 9 at age 82, was a former city councilor, mayor, and state legislator, and a co-founder of the South Portland Boys and Girls Club. The city council voted Nov. 21 to rename the park in his honor, unveiling the monument Tuesday. “Sam did a lot of things, but because the Boys and Girls Club was one of his true loves, seeing a park with a playground named after him, where young people can find and foster a sense of community, was no better way to pay homage to his legacy, “ said Mayor Patti Smith. (Russ Lunt courtesy photo) The family of Santo “Sam” DiPietro, including, from left, his wife Helen, and children Sam, Susan Green, and Michael, stands with the monument unveiled in his honor June 20 in the park now named in his honor, located across from the DiPietro’s on Cottage Road, at the corner of Pillsbury and Davis streets. DiPietro, who died Oct. 9 at age 82, was a former city councilor, mayor, and state legislator, and a co-founder of the South Portland Boys and Girls Club. The city council voted Nov. 21 to rename the park in his honor, unveiling the monument Tuesday. “Sam did a lot of things, but because the Boys and Girls Club was one of his true loves, seeing a park with a playground named after him, where young people can find and foster a sense of community, was no better way to pay homage to his legacy, “ said Mayor Patti Smith. (Russ Lunt courtesy photo)

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