The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) recently received a large bequest of over $338,000 from the estate of Revere businessman and sportsman Antimo N. DeFilippo.
“This generous gift is an unexpected surprise,” said MassWildlife Director Jack Buckley. “It is an incredible endorsement of our mission when a citizen makes a deliberate choice to contribute to a government agency.” Buckley noted that DeFilippo’s gracious gift, deposited in the Inland Fish and Game Fund, will help support agency fish and wildlife conservation projects, education and outdoor skills programs, and fish and wildlife research.
DeFilippo owned Glenwood Memorials, a monument business in Revere. In an era when most stones are machine cut, “Timo”, a master stonecutter, took pride in producing hand-cut stone memorials and gravestones. DeFilippo loved the outdoors, enjoying fishing, hunting, and tending a large vegetable and fruit garden behind his Washington Street shop.
Anyone interested in contributing to further MassWildlife’s habitat and wildlife conservation efforts across the Commonwealth can consider several options:
The Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Fund: This fund supports the protection, restoration, and management of endangered wildlife and plants. Make a direct donation by check or contribute on line 33A of the state income tax form.
The Wildlands Fund: This fund protects important fish and wildlife habitat. The lands remain open to fishing, hunting, trapping, and other wildlife related recreation. Each year, hunting, fishing, and trapping license buyers contribute $5 to this fund. Make a direct donation by check to MassWildlife.
Massachusetts Outdoor Heritage Foundation: A non-profit organization supporting MassWildlife’s efforts to protect and improve fish and wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation. Current supported projects include land and aquatic-based habitat restoration, the National Archery in the Schools Program, and production of educational fish and wildlife publications. Online and direct donations are accepted.
For more information about MassWildlife’s fish and wildlife conservation activities and public programs, visit mass.gov/masswildlife.