Special to the Journal
The Pirandello Lyceum, a premiere Italian-American cultural association in Massachusetts, has awarded Revere resident Carmine DiFlumeri with the prestigious “I Migliori in Mens et Gesta” Award (the Best in Mind and Deed) for Building Arts. As part of October’s Italian Heritage Month, the Piradello Lyceum recognizes outstanding Americans of Italian descent who have made important contributions to their profession, to society and to the Italian-American community. A total of eight individuals were recognized for their achievements and among them were Francis X. Bellotti, Esq. (former Massachusetts Lt. Governor and Attorney General) and Salvatore DeFranco of Haverhill (former US Navy SEAL and Founder of Battle Grounds Coffee Company).
Carmine DiFlumeri was born in Melito Irpino (Avellino, Italy), migrated to America as a teenager, and is a proud long-time citizen of Revere where he raised five children together with his wife Emilia. He has been a member of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Union Local 3 of Massachusetts for over 45 years and is the founder of DiFlumeri Tile, a family business being carried on by his children. Over the years, Carmine has earned a reputation of excellence as a craftsman of stone and tile installation. His work can be appreciated throughout Massachusetts’ public buildings, places of worship, universities and schools, hospitals, and private residences. He is an avid supporter and contributor of preserving and promoting Italian culture and religious traditions. Each year in April, he sponsors and organizes a fundraiser and celebration of St. Mary (Maria SS. Incoronata) at St. Anthony’s Church which mirrors a celebration that has taken place for over a century in his hometown village in Italy. He credits his success to his strong work ethic, the support of his family and friends, and the great opportunities afforded to him in the United States.
The award ceremony was held at Spinelli’s in Lynnfield on Saturday, October 9th and Carmine was given his award in the presence of his family and friends.