In loving memory of

Michael D. DiFrancesco
August 11, 1943 - November 22, 2021

Michael D. DiFrancesco, "Dad", "Pop", "Pop-Pop", "Mr. D", on November 22, 2021, of Somerdale, NJ. Age 78. Born August 11, 1943 in Philadelphia, PA. Beloved husband of Eileen (nee Parlagreco) for 48 years. Devoted father of Michael (Helene), Scott (Ali), Jon, Gina, and Marc (Becky). Loving grandfather of Mikey, Adrianna, Dominic, Luca, Sophia, Marc, Niko, and Emilia, as well as Simba, his fur baby. Michael proudly served with the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era. He loved traveling, military history/movies, and Sunday dinners with his beloved family. He was a Co-Chairman of The Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, an active member of OSIA Mario Lanza Lodge #2308, the Garden State Corvette Club, and Our Lady of Hope Parish. Michael was involved in all aspects of the hospitality industry for 47 years, overseeing hotels and restaurant operations. There will be a viewing from 7:00pm to 9:00pm Friday at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNMEDE and from 10:00am to 11:00am Saturday at Our Lady of Hope Parish, St. Agnes Catholic Church, Coles & Little Gloucester Rds., Blackwood, NJ. Funeral Mass 11:15am Saturday at the Church. Entombment St. Joseph's Mausoleum, Chews Landing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Michael's name to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, 273 Columbus Avenue, Suite 10, Tuckahoe, NY 10707 (


Mary Steckel wrote on Nov 28, 2021:

"So sorry to hear about Mike D's passing. I enjoyed working with him on the MCLEF dinners and golf outings when I lived in Brigantine. He was one of the most caring and down to earth individuals I ever met and a true hero. My condolences to the DiFrancesco family."

joanne Shaw wrote on Nov 25, 2021:


LtGen Jon Davis USMC Ret wrote on Nov 25, 2021:

"Carol and I are deeply saddened by Mike?s passing. He was a true patriot who served his country and his community his entire life. A wonderful husband, dad and friend. I met him in 2007 through his selfless work with the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation. Whenever I lost a Marine or Sailor, my first call for help for their families went to Mike. He was always ready, willing and able to help - and the families of the fallen remember him fondly. One of the best and most selfless men we?ve ever known - and we miss him and will remember him forever."

Barbara Perry wrote on Nov 24, 2021:

"When you joined our family so many years ago, you showed us who you were by your presence, generosity, caring and sharing. We also remember how you always went above and beyond for fellow veterans, including my father. You will be greatly missed. Our hearts are filled with sadness and our thoughts and prayers are with Eileen, your children and grandchildren and your extended family. Cousin Barbara and Mike"

Susan Boulhosa wrote on Nov 24, 2021:

"Mike D was an amazing American, Marine and his MCLEF family loved him deeply. His tireless work for others will never be forgotten. Semper Fi brother!"

Barbara Friendy wrote on Nov 24, 2021:

"A man that always put a great big smile on my face when I saw him. A man that was always helpful and the kindness he showed towards me and my son, I will never forget. Your leadership and the outstanding support you provided at the Clarion was amazing. A true Patriot! I am proud to call you my friend. Rest in Peace Mike, I will truly miss you. Love you, Barbara"

Greg McLaughlin wrote on Nov 23, 2021:

"Mike; you were the man behind the scenes of the military style "Induction Center" responsible for hiring 4000+ Federal Air Marshals in the aftermath of 9/11. You were a man of action who always answered "it will be done". Rest in peace brother. Semper Fi. Greg McLaughlin Director (retired) U.S. Federal Air Marshal Service"

kathleen lynskey wrote on Nov 23, 2021:

"Dear Classmate and friend?Mike, you will be dearly missed. Our deepest sympathies and prayers to the entire family. Kathy Santone Lynskey (Class of ?61)"

Lisa Nicolucci wrote on Nov 23, 2021:

"Rest in peace Uncle Mike..even though I only seen picture of you in Our Nicolucci family albums You were definitely a handsome man..May you rest in peace and thank you for your service in Marine Corp. Love Lisa Nicolucci "

Scott Denny wrote on Nov 23, 2021:

"Mr.D was always a great guy to me when at there home to see Jon and Mark. Sad to see him leave us. To Mrs.D, Jon and Mark horribly sorry for your and the rest of the families loss."

Anita wrote on Nov 23, 2021:

"Mike was a very unique and special person and we loved his company. I?m sure he and Barry are now sharing more of the same stories that created a strong bond between them over the years but too few on this earth. May his memory be a blessing. Cousin anita "