Alfred D. “Al” Donofrio

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.


Submitted by Rebecca on
I am sorry for your loss. May you find  from the love and care that surrounds you and comfort in the memories that you shared. Please accept my sincere condolences. 2 Thessalonians 2:16 ,17 .

Submitted by Olivia on
I’m so sorry for your loss. There is nothing more painful than losing a loved one. I would like to share an encouraging scripture from the Bible. Revelation 21:4 says And he will wipe out every tears from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Please read this scripture accompanied with your Bible. I hope you get the comfort and the peace that you deserve during this time of bereavement.

Submitted by T. Kelly on
My condolences to the family. May fond memories from a life well lived (80 years) bring you joy. Psalms 90:10 says, "The span of our life is 70 years, or 80 if one is especially strong". I hope you draw comfort from these memories, comfort from family and friends, and comfort from God during this difficult time, and know that by means of a resurrection, God is eager to restore life to those who have fallen asleep in death (John 5:28, 29).

Submitted by M.W. on
Dear Donofrio Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Times like this can be very difficult to deal with. At times, you may feel like there is no one to turn to. You may even feel like no one understands your pain. But there is one person we can turn to that can help us through all of our trials. Yes, God can help you during this difficult time. Pray to him constantly and he will help you. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4 Isa. 26:19)

Submitted by Y. Holland on
"My Deepest Condolences go out to the Donofrio family, I hope you find comfort in these words, "He will swallow up death forever,......And will wipe away the tears from all faces. Isaiah 25:8. Trust in Jehovah's promise of the resurrection hope.