Dino Secundo Villa

Born: Thu., Mar. 11, 1920
Died: Sat., Feb. 1, 2014


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Feb. 17, 2014
Location: McCommons Funeral Home

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Tue., Feb. 18, 2014
Location: Lake Oconee Community Church

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Dino Secundo Villa passed away February 1, 2014, five weeks and three days short of his 94th birthday.  He was born in Greenwich Village in New York City, almost in the shadow of the Washington Square Monument.  Born on March 11, 1920, he was the only child of Antonella Maria Marzocchi Villa and Augusto Enrico Villa.  He was named in honor of his paternal grandfather, Secundo Villa.  Dino attended PS 95 elementary school and then went to DeWitt Clinton High School in the upper Bronx.  There he competed for and won a scholarship to Cornell University where he studied economics and statistics.  Upon graduation, Dino joined the Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census in Suitland Maryland.  He was soon called to service by the Naval Bureau of Personnel in Washington DC to serve as Classification Officer at the Naval Training Base in Williamsburg, Virginia.  At the conclusion of World War II, he returned to Maryland and the Bureau of the Census.

In 1949 Dino met Christine Ceva of Mount Vernon, NY and they were married on April 15, 1950.  They lived in Tantallon on The Potomac in Maryland, a suburb of Washington DC .  Dino and Christine  had two sons, Christopher Dean and Richard Roy.  In 1972 Dino resigned from Government Service as Deputy Associate Director of the Bureau of the Census to care for his wife, Christine.  She died of breast cancer on November 22, 1974.  

Dino met Lyda Busby in 1975 and they married in April 1976.  In 1978 they moved to Boca Raton, FL and joined Lighthouse Point Yacht and Racket Club.  Dino served as the Master of Ceremony for many of their bi-annual musical production “Putting on the Hits.”  A “senior” citizen himself, he taught computer classes to other seniors, dabbled in real estate, was an extra in several television shows and traveled extensively.  Dino started painting in his 70’s, without  lessons, and has quite an impressive portfolio. One of his personal favorites is a portrait of his grandson, Mark, at age 11.

After the death of his second wife in March 2010, Dino moved to Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, GA where he lived with his son and daughter in law, Chris and Mona Villa.  Dino enjoyed monthly visits from his son Rick as well as occasional visits from other family members.  He is survived by two sons, Chris Villa and his wife Mona of Greensboro, GA and Rick Villa of Laurel, MD and one grandson, Mark Trinchitella of Ft Myers, FL.
Visitation is February 17, 2014 from 5PM to 7PM at McCommon’s Funeral Home, Greensboro GA.  Memorial Service is February 18, 2014 at 11AM at Lake Oconee Community Church, 6350 Lake Oconee Parkway, with reception following the ceremony.   In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Lake Oconee Community Church Youth Alliance, 6350 Lake Oconee Parkway, PMB 180, Greensboro GA  30642.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA  (706) 453-2626 is in charge of arrangements.  Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.


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Chuck and Ellen Cooper
   Posted Wed February 12, 2014
Meeting your dad over the last 4+ years was a gift I will not forget. I will miss him very much on my next visits. Our prayers are with Dino, and with you and your whole family. Peace, Chuck and Ellen

Laurie and Greg Gould
   Posted Thu February 13, 2014
We have fond memories of Uncle Dean in which he is always smiling and laughing. That's how we will remember him. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Laurie and Greg

Jake Taylor / Jeff Derr
   Posted Thu February 13, 2014
It was a true honor to know this gentle man. Mona and Chris introduced us a few years back and we had the pleasure of his company on several occasions before his passing. The twinkle in his eye and the quick quip were his trademarks and we enjoyed having him in our lives.

Christine Schopen
   Posted Mon February 17, 2014
Chris, Rick and Mona,

I have so many fond memories of your dad. He was so suave and sophisticated. My mom and dad would pack up all six of us and we'd spend a week with your family in Maryland. Uncle Dean was so generous and patient. I am glad you got to enjoy him for so long. I wish my husband had gotten to know him. Love Chrissie and Chris

Rajeev, Neera, Nihar and Nikhil Mathur
   Posted Mon February 17, 2014
Dear Chris, Mona, Rick and Mark,
We are very sorry for your loss. We are so glad that we met him just a little over a month.

Claudia Marcela Mercado Torres
   Posted Tue February 18, 2014


I am sure there is a Celebration in heaven since God needed an Angel and your Dad has arrived. Erika Mercado