Andrew "Andy" Dominick DiFiore, passed from this life on Sunday, the 18th of August 2013, at the age of 85. |
He was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, on the 15th of October 1927, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Brooklyn University where he played football and baseball, earning varsity letters. He joined the Army, serving in Panama. He obtained his under-graduate degree from Baylor University in 1951 and graduated from Baylor University Law School in 1953; he was admitted to the Texas Bar the same year. He moved to Houston in 1953, worked, and retired in 2010. His career included five years at Southern Title Company in Houston, two years at the Harris County Attorney's Office, 12 years at the Law Offices of Ralph B. Lee, and 40 years in private practice. He served as co-counsel for Buffalo Savings and Loan Association of Houston and served on the executive board of Hartwell's Office World, Inc. Andy devoted a lot of time to his six children, coaching sports, participating in scouting events, and attending numerous school functions.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Jerry DiFiore; his parents, Sebastian and Mary DiFiore; his sister, Marie DiFiore Palermo; and his son, Andrew D. DiFiore, Jr. He is survived by his children, Mary DiFiore Crowe and husband, Collins; Dallas Lee DiFiore and wife, Kim; Donna C. DiFiore and husband, Brian Smith; Michael DiFiore and wife, Candee; and Estelle DiFiore Love; his grandchildren, Kendall "KC" Crowe, Andrea DiFiore Cislo and husband, Beau, Anthony DiFiore, Ryan DiFiore, Tromer DiFiore-Smith, Lina Irene DiFiore-Smith,Cassandra DiFiore Shoemaker and husband, Christopher, Donovan DiFiore, Mary Cate Love, and Andrew Love; great grandchildren, Oliver Shoemaker and Ariel Shoemaker; his stepdaughter, Paula Boyd, and step grandchildren, Jennifer and Lisa Boyd; and numerous friends and clients.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from half-past six o'clock until half-past eight o'clock in the evening on Thursday, the 22nd of August, in the library and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
A funeral service is to be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning on Friday, the 23rd of August, in the Jasek Chapel at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, where Fred Koseggi, Deacon, is to officiate.
At a later date, the family is to gather for a private interment at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family kindly suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD, 21741-5018.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 21, 2013