Thomas M. Damigella started selling Earl Tupper’s plastic food-saving bowls in 1948 in Everett long before Tupperware parties became an iconic American activity.
Working as a machinist by day, Mr. Damigella and his wife, Ann, eventually turned their Tupperware business into one of the most successful distributorships in the world, launching generations of salespeople and introducing homemakers to the wonders of a bowl with an airtight seal.
“He was a wonderful man who was beloved by many,” said his son, Thomas.
“My mother and father were the pioneers of Tupperware.”
Mr. Damigella, a former resident of Boston’s North End, died in his sleep Sept. 16 at the home in Topsfield where he had lived with his son’s family in recent years. He was 97. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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