Dante R. Cariglia, 88, of Worcester, formerly of Auburn, passed peacefully after a 22-year battle with prostate cancer on Monday, November 22, 2021. He was in the comfort of his daughter’s home, surrounded by his loving family. Dante was predeceased by the love of his life, his beloved wife of 55 years, Jean J. (Camarra) Cariglia, who passed in 2011.

He leaves his loving daughters: Donna J. Cariglia; Lori A. Sinkis and her partner Kendra Lambert, along with their son, Bryce; and Carol A. Cariglia and her fiancé Mark Mundell, with whom he lived during his final days. Dante also leaves his cherished grandchildren, Matthew W. Sinkis and Caitlin A. Sinkis, both of whom he loved so much – they were the joy of his life; his great-granddaughter, Chloe Jean Stevens, whom he also adored; his siblings, Michelina R. D’Angelo and her husband Anthony, and Martin M. Cariglia and his wife Lucy; and his sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Cariglia and Dorothy Marzilli; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and old friends. Along with his wife, he was predeceased by his brother, Leonard M. Cariglia; his parents, Martino L. Cariglia and Michelina (Tomaiolo) Cariglia; and his nephews, Perry and Dean Cariglia.

Born, raised, and educated in Worcester, Dante was a graduate of Commerce High School, Class of 1953, where he was captain of the basketball team. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, serving his country proudly until 1955. It was in 1956 that he married his beloved Jean, and the pair settled in Worcester to raise their family. For many years, 35 to be exact, Dante was a Worcester Fire Fighter, proudly serving the Worcester community from the Grove Street Station/Engine #16. He retired from his dedicated and honorable career in 1995. Dante spent 25 years living in Auburn, then recently moved back to Worcester in 2018 to be closer to his family.

Dante loved sports, especially the Red Sox and Patriots, and was an avid runner for more than 40 years. He also loved vacations during the summer to Old Orchard Beach, Maine, for several weeks’ time. He always said that he had three heroes in his life: Ted Williams, Bob Cousy, and Tom Brady! More than anything, Dante’s family was the most important to him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to VNA Hospice & Palliative Care, 100 Trade Center, Suite G-500, Woburn, MA 01801 (https://vnacare.org/donors/ways-to-give/make-a-donation).

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the Cariglia family between 9:30 and 11:00 AM on Monday, November 29, 2021 at the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central St., Auburn. A Prayer Service will be held at 11, which will be followed by burial with military honors at St. John’s Cemetery, 260 Cambridge St., Worcester.