Published in The Washington Post on May 2, 2017 ALBERT JOSEPH DIDDEN, SR.
ALBERT JOSEPH DIDDEN, SR. On April 28, 2017, in Washington, DC at the age of 105 years.
Mr. Didden was born in Washington, DC and graduated from Eastern High School (1930)and Catholic University of America with a degree in Commerce/Economics.
A lifelong Washington, DC resident, he was the son of George Anton Didden and Marie Carry Didden; paternal grandson of Clement August Didden and Marie Klenk Didden; and maternal grandson of Albert Carry and Wilhelmine Bock Carry. Mr. Didden spent his entire career from 1934 with the Albert Carry Properties, where he was assistant manager, then manager from 1949 until he retired in the mid 1980's.
Just as his father enjoyed fishing, Mr. Didden also loved boating and fishing and passed this love down to his children and grandchildren. They often fished on the Chesapeake Bay and went deep-sea fishing on the Atlantic Ocean off the Maryland and Delaware coast. Mr. Didden used to tell that when he was a young boy, he would ride out Pennsylvania Avenue SE, in Washington, DC, in a horse and buggy with his grandfather, and over the Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge to Suitland, MD which was "in the country."
He was a devoted husband and loving father, and parishioner at the Shrine at the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Washington, DC.
Beloved husband of the late Regina Jenkins Didden; father of Albert Joseph (Andrea) Didden, Jr., Robert Stephen Didden, Valerie Didden (John) Gibbs, Cecelia Didden (Donald) Weiland and the late Regina Didden (Mitch) Mitchell; brother of George A. Didden Jr., Clement A. Didden, Marie Didden Knighton and Elizabeth Didden Tate, all of whom preceded him in death.
Also survived by three grandchildren, James A. and Keith A. (Christine) Mitchell and Jason T. (Amy) Didden; and four great-grandchildren, Sean M. and Megan N. Mitchell, and Justin T. and Peter J. Didden.
Friends may call at JOSEPH GAWLER'S SONS, 5130 Wisconsin Ave. at Harrison St., NW, on Wednesday, May 3 from 3 to 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at the Shrine at the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Washington, DC on Thursday, May 4 at 11 a.m.
Interment to follow at Parklawn Memorial Park, Rockville, MD.