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Edward Del Ferraro

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The earth was blessed on Nov. 23, 1938 with the arrival of Edward U. Del Ferraro "Del" of Glen Cove, New York. Del was notorious for his quick wit and wonderful sense of humor that enriched the lives of all who knew him. Del was a hard-working man with impeccable integrity and determination. What was most important to Del, was his family and friends, he was always there to help, protect, love and support them. Del was like another father or brother to many. He was the greatest husband and father we could wish for and shared a special bond with his daughter that meant the world to her. Del loved New Mexico for its beauty, and thrived on being outdoors working on his land. His favorite things were hunting with his brother, family and friends, shooting, vintage cars, fixing things and talking about history. He served as an Aviation Mechanic in U.S. Navy and came to Las Cruces with Grumman Aerospace as a mechanic in 1965 and proudly worked in the aerospace industry with different companies at WSTF, Cape Canaveral, Fla., Johnson Space Center (NASA) TX, and WSMR as an engineer until his retirement in 2000. God welcomed him to heaven as our guiding angel on Jan. 21, 2014 to be reunited with his parents, Constantine (John) and Frances Del Ferraro; a sister Frances Mariana and many special relatives and close friends. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Regina (nee McKenna), daughter, Terri, sons, John (Catherine) of Whittier, Calif., and Paul, of Chandler, Ariz. , grandsons, John Edward Del Ferraro, of Chandler, Ariz. and Phillip Urias, of Whittier, Calif. , brother John (Carla) Godson, Craig (Melissa), niece, Stephanie Dow (Paul) , Mariana nephews of N.Y., Goddaughter, Susan Raney Plantz, (Bill) ("granddaughters" Alyssa & Sarah), brother-in-law, Regis McKenna, San Rafael, of Calif. and many other special relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations made in honor of Del to either the Alzheimer's & Dementia Foundation at alz.org or the Mesilla Valley Hospice at mvhospice.org At his request cremation has taken place. Calling hours will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8: 00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 in Baca's Chapel of Prayer, 300 E. Boutz Road. A Memorial Service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1327 Miranda Street with the Reverend Alejandro Reyes officiating. Inurnment of cremains will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 5140 W. Picacho Avenue with Military Honors accorded by the United States Navy Honor Guard and the Marine Corps League- El Perro Diablo Detachment. Services arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels and Sunset Crematory of Las Cruces. 527-2222 Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care." For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapleslascruces.com.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Feb. 4, 2014
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