Ge­orge S. DiFrancesco of Down­ing­town

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

Ge­orge S. DiFrancesco, 84, of Down­ing­town, PA, passed away peace­fully on Oct. 17, 2016, sur­rounded by his fam­ily. He was a de­voted hus­band, fa­ther, and grand­fa­ther. He shared 55 years of mar­riage with his wife Genevieve “Jeanne”, prior to her pass­ing in Jan­uary.

Ge­orge was born in Bryn Mawr and raised on his par­ents’ farm in Wil­lis­town. He was a de­vout Catholic and ac­tive parish­ioner at SS. Philip & James in Ex­ton, where he and Jeanne at­tended daily Mass.

Ge­orge’s pro­fes­sional ca­reer be­gan at Clifton Pre­ci­sion Prod­ucts in Mil­wau­kee. He ul­ti­mately re­turned to Penn­syl­va­nia and be­came a suc­cess­ful real es­tate de­vel­oper, builder, and in­vestor. From the 1960s to mid 1980s when Ge­orge re­tired, his firm built hun­dreds of homes in the Philadel­phia sub­urbs.

He and Jeanne sup­ported many char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions, and Ge­orge served on sev­eral boards. He was past Chair­man of the West White­land Town­ship Board of Su­per­vi­sors; past Com­modore of the Ge­orge­town Yacht Club; and past Pres­i­dent of the Chester County Home Builders As­so­ci­a­tion. He was in­volved in pol­i­tics, and held var­i­ous po­si­tions in the Chester County Repub­li­can Party. He served in the US Navy dur­ing the Korean Con­flict.

Ge­orge had many in­ter­ests and hob­bies. He was a lover of an­i­mals, es­pe­cially his “grand-dogs”. He was a self-taught mu­si­cian. He was a tal­ented crafts­man and wood­worker, and en­joyed build­ing ev­ery­thing from struc­tures to fur­ni­ture. He loved work­ing on en­gines, cars and boats, and tin­ker­ing with any­thing me­chan­i­cal. He once helped a friend build a sin­gle-en­gine air­plane, and fully re­stored an an­tique Chris-Craft speed­boat. He en­joyed read­ing, mu­sic, watch­ing sports, walk­ing ev­ery day, spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends, and fol­low­ing na­tional pol­i­tics.

Ge­orge’s pas­sion was boat­ing. He spent ev­ery sum­mer and fall with his fam­ily cruis­ing the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, and made count­less friends within Mary­land’s boat­ing com­mu­nity. Ge­orge was a skilled cap­tain and nav­i­ga­tor, and also made many longer trips with his boat, in­clud­ing cruises to Maine, Nan­tucket, New­port, Cape May, and Florida.

Ge­orge is sur­vived by his four chil­dren: Steve (Diane McLaugh­lin) DiFrancesco, Cindy (Mark) Lon­ge­necker, Greg DiFrancesco, and Mike (Veron­ica) DiFrancesco; six grand­chil­dren: Cait­lyn Lon­ge­necker; Gre­gory, Grif­fin and Gar­rett DiFrancesco; Michael Jr. and Joseph DiFrancesco and four grand­dogs: Bar­clay, Gil­li­gan, Eli and Lila.

Mass of Chris­tian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Oc­to­ber 21, 2016, at St. Joseph Church, 338 Manor Ave., Down­ing­town. Visi­ta­tion for fam­ily and friends will be held be­fore the Mass at 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. In­ter­ment will be pri­vate.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to three of Ge­orge’s fa­vorite char­i­ties: St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hos­pi­tal, 501 St. Jude Place, Mem­phis, TN 38105; To Love a Ca­nine Res­cue (www.tl­cres­cuepa.com) or the Amer­i­can Cancer So­ci­ety, 1626 Lo­cust Street, Philadel­phia, Pa 19103.

On­line con­do­lences may be made at www.jamester­ry­fu­ner­al­home.com.

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