John Peter DiBenedetto of East Falmouth died March 21 after a short illness. He was 82.

He was born in Boston, the son of John DiBenedetto and Catherine (Picciotto) DiBenedetto, and grew up in West Newton. He graduated from Newton High School in 1956 before going on to earn a bachelor’s degree in English from Boston University and a master’s in education from Boston State College. While in high school, he joined the National Guard and attained the rank of sergeant before launching his career with the Department of Defense in the mid-1960s, first as an English teacher and then as a principal at Department of Defense schools in the Philippines and Japan.

After his retirement, he joined the Peace Corps for two years and taught English in Yemen. He was among the last of the US citizens to leave that country before the start of the Gulf War in 1991.

Known as Jack, he settled in East Falmouth a few doors down from where his family spent summers. He was active in the Falmouth Artists Guild, the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Cape Cod Community College, and the Quahog Poetry Group of Falmouth.

He leaves his sisters, Frances Halbrooks and Catherine Morse, both of East Falmouth, and many nieces and nephews.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date.

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