Alfred D. “Al” Donofrio, age 98, a lifelong resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
Born Oct 4, 1919, to Anthony and Theresa Donofrio, he shared his family life with 13 brothers and sisters. He worked in the leather industry his entire career, and was employed by the Allied Kid Company for over 40 years. He proudly served in the United States Army Air Force during WWII and was trained as a bombardier on the B-24 aircraft. Fortunately, the war ended exactly as Al was preparing to ship overseas.
On Oct 12, 1940, he married Florence Katherine Ceci, also of Wilmington, his loving wife, friend and constant companion with whom he shared almost 70 years of marriage until her death in 2010. Active in the Catholic community, he attended St. John the Beloved Church, where he served as usher for over 30 years, and volunteered regularly at the St. John’s Festival. He was a member of the St. Anthony's Catholic Club and a volunteer at the St. Anthony's Italian Festival, manning “Big Al’s Poker Wheel” for over 30 years.
Al loved the game of golf, playing with his wife “Flo” at golf courses throughout the country. His most prized moment and personal mecca was standing on the 18th green at the Pebble Beach Golf Course in Monterey California. He thoroughly enjoyed watching the races at Delaware Park, and made many friends with the track workers and fellow race fans there. He loved planting and working in his vegetable garden, sharing his prized tomatoes, peppers and garlic with family and friends. Always energetic, even at rest, he loved to read and do crossword puzzles. He made friends wherever he went, leaving a lasting impression of his easy-going good-hearted nature with everyone.
Predeceased by his parents; his wife; son and daughter-in-law Alfred and Harriett Donofrio; brothers Anthony, Peter, John, Albert, Theodore, Ernest, Charles and Robert; and sisters Jenny Donofrio, Margaret Blackwell and Mary McCracken. Survived by daughter Lori Donofrio of Pike Creek, son David Donofrio and his wife Barbara of Scotts Valley, CA; brother, William Donofrio of Wilmington; sister, Elizabeth Woodard of Elsmere; sister in-law, Peggy Donofrio of New Castle; and brother in-law, Peter Ceci of Wilmington. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Donna (Mike) Kinzel of Garnet Valley, PA, Steven Quisenberry of Glenelg, MD, Jennifer Donofrio of Seattle, WA, Adrian (Desiree) Donofrio of West Chester, PA, David Donofrio of San Francisco, CA, Ashley (Peter) Rebiskie of Scotts Valley, CA; and nine great grandchildren, Emily, Matthew, Justin, Katie, Dominic, Giada, twins Atticus and Owen, and baby Lucy. Also, many adoring nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the Doctors, Nurses and Aides at Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of Newark and Christiana Hospital for the compassionate care and assistance they provided.
Family and friends are invited to a viewing on Thursday, February 15th from 9:30 am to 10:30AM at St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Rd, Wilmington, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30AM. Entombment will follow at Cathedral Cemetery.