Di Pardo from Kings Park was a tireless supporter of the community before and during his year long struggle with pancreatic cancer. Even during brutal chemo treatments and hospital stays, he was out in the community doing everything from packing up supplies for troops to visiting homeless shelters. He was always looking for more opportunities to help others in need, whenever he heard about a problem. He would feel responsible to get his colleagues and family involved any way they could. Some of his efforts included:
“Armand was always first to raise his hand and volunteer,” said Ray Homburger, a Manager at National Grid. “He made people better just by being around him. If Armand was there, you wanted to help.”
A team of family and friends called Armand’s Army will be participating in the Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk at Jones Beach on Oct. 13 and walking in his memory.
“It was NEVER about him. It was always just about who needed help and how we were going to get it done,” said Lynn Falanga, a senior analyst at National Grid. “He really did so much more than anyone would know because he wasn’t the type to talk about it, just do it. But the fact is, he touched so many lives … people he knew, people he would get to know through all the activities he was involved in through work and community service.”
Di Pardo started his career with LILCO in 1980 and has been with National Grid for 33 years. He was a member of the IBEW local , a shop steward for 30 years, served as an IBEW Executive Board member for two terms, he served on the 1992 Main Negotiating Committee, 1992 Health & Welfare Committee, Delegate to NYS Association of Electrical Workers Conference, Delegate to 3rd District workshops and Regional Conferences.He earned a certificate from Cornell University for Shop steward training.
He also served the membership as a United Way Blood Drive Captain, Board Member for the Employee Association, and became President of the Employee Association in 2011. He was the Double Diamond Ski club Treasurer, an LIBS Event Organizer, Local 1381/1049 Golf committee member, as well as a volunteer for the Island Harvest.
Di Pardo found the time to be part of all of the organizations as well as be a wonderful father and husband to his wife Loretta and three children, sons Jake and Steve and his daughter Lisa who worked with him at National Grid. Di Pardo’s incredible generosity, spirit of community inspired everyone around him. The next Hicksville blood drive will be in Di Pardo’s memory.