Patrick DiFilippo, whose family ran Nando’s, dies at 33
Patrick John DiFilippo of New Orleans, formerly of Palm Beach, died from a congenital arteriovenous malformation on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. He was 33.
Mr. DiFilippo was born and raised on the island. He graduated from the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in 2002 and worked at WPTV-Ch. 5. He attended Loyola University in New Orleans and had made the city his home since 2002.
Having grown up in and around Nando’s, his family’s Palm Beach restaurant, he gravitated toward a career in the food industry. He worked in a number of roles in fine dining establishments in Palm Beach and New Orleans, including Café Boulud, Commander’s Palace and Arnaud’s. He was a certified sommelier and head wine buyer at Bacchanal Wine in New Orleans which, under his direction, was nominated for a James Beard award.
He is survived by his parents, Mary Ferol and Richard DiFilippo; two sisters, Gillian DiFilippo Williston and Caitlin DiFilippo Obringer and their husbands; a nephew Richard Winfield Wil- liston; two nieces, Mary Grace Thomas Williston and Madeline Ferol Obringer; and a maternal grandmother, Rosemary McAndrews Enyart.
The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Quattlebaum Funeral, Cremation, and Event Center, 6411 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Edward Catholic Church, 144 N. County Road at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday with a reception immediately following.
Memorial donations can be made in Mr. DiFilippo’s name to St. Ann Place, 2107 N Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL 33407.