Victor Howard DiFino
Victor Howard DiFino 77, passed away on August 18, in Kent, Ohio. He enjoyed a long and happy life.
Victor (Butch) was born in Rahway, New Jersey on January 11, 1944. He was the son of the late Victor A. DiFino and Barbara DiFino-Haras. He was raised in the Iselin section of Woodbridge Township, and graduated from Woodbridge High School in 1962. Upon graduation he served in the Air Force with the Military Police and was a Viet-Nam Veteran. This experience ingrained in him a deep respect for the military as well as a commitment to live his life honorably. After his discharge he returned home to Iselin, to work in the family business. DiFino and Son Fuel Oil. His love of trucks remained lifelong.
Years later, he accepted a position and remained with YRC Freight of Ohio, a trucking company until he retired ten years ago. It was there in Ohio that he met his second wife, Judith Spangler-Dietrick. They married in 1985.
His love of New Jersey stayed with him. He and Judy opened DiFino's Pizzeria, and sold New Jersey specialties in Suffield, Ohio. He also drove a school bus for a local school district.
In his retirement, he travelled to Virginia Beach, Virginia many times to view the sand sculptures and attend the Neptune Festivals. He and Judy also visited South Carolina for his beloved boiled peanuts, Dukes BBQ and to visit old friends. During these trips he searched high and low trying to find cabbage rolls as good as his wife Judy made, and proudly told everyone nobody made them as good as Judy. Vic also visited his cousin from childhood, Henry Mitchell in Florida. Vic and Judy enjoyed life. When Judy, his second wife became seriously ill, he lovingly cared for her at home until she passed several years ago.
He is survived by his daughter Tiffany DiFino of Jamesburg, New Jersey, his son Ramon of Highland Park and his late son Jason of Hampton who died seven months ago. Also surviving is Vic's first wife Joan, of Metuchen. Vic and his late wife Judy had a blended family. His adult step children in Ohio include, Annette Dietrick, Aimee Edwards, Gerald Dietrick and Donald Dietrick all of Suffield, Ohio. Victor is survived by siblings in New Jersey. James in Iselin, and Donna Sokolow in Avenel, New Jersey. Michael DiFino in Lockport, New York, Sharon Johnston in South Carolina and Loretta DiFino in Maryland. Carl and Joseph DiFino, his younger brothers have predeceased him.
Victor leaves many cousins, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. It was widely known that he was a true gentleman in every sense of the word, and a kind and gentle soul.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society
or the Fisher House Foundation that supports military families.
Interment will be in the Veterans Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio. Services entrusted to Hummel Funeral Home, Akron, Ohio Hummelfuneralhomes.com
Published by Home News Tribune from Aug. 24 to Aug. 29, 2021.