William "Bill" Dimino
1948 — 2013
William “Bill” Dimino was born Aug. 5, 1948 in Brooklyn, N.Y. and died Nov. 26, in his home in Stallion Springs, after a valiant four-month battle with anaplastic thyroid carcinoma. He leaves behind his wife Yolanda, sisters Angela & Diane, nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews and many, many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, William and Marianna Dimino.
He proudly served his country during Vietnam in the Navy as a plank owner aboard the USS Cleveland, where he made many lifelong friends and made new ones at their yearly reunions. After his discharge, he worked for the U.S. Post Office, but decided to leave and pursue his true ambition: designing and creating water features. Inspired by his father’s natural gift of craftsmanship and a visit to the Imperial Palace in Japan, he became a landscape contractor specializing in fountains and water gardens, many of which are in Tehachapi, as well as in the Santa Monica area, where he originated his business, Acquabella Water Features and where he also met his wife. They would have celebrated 21 years of marriage in May.
A resident of Stallion Springs since 2000, Bill made many wonderful friends here along with those he had in Santa Monica. He loved his country passionately and was not shy about it and could give you an earful. He was a great reader, especially of ancient Roman history. He seemed to know something about almost anything you could think of and he loved to talk.
He was a funny, compassionate, generous and giving man, and his absence has left a huge, empty space in our hearts. He will be missed, but he is in God’s house now.
“The souls of the just are in the hand of God and no torment can touch them. They seemed in the view of the foolish to be dead and their passing away was an affliction and their going forth from us utter destruction. But they are in peace.” (Wisdom 3:1-3)
We would like to sincerely thank Hoffmann Hospice and especially his nurse, Marie, for the wonderful and loving care they gave Bill. We could not have gotten through this terrible time without them and would like to suggest donations to hoffmannhospice.org.