OBIT-DIF.10389419

Ernest S. DiFiore

METHUEN — Ernest S. DiFiore, 63, of Methuen, died Monday, March 1, 2010 at Caritas Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.

He was born in Lawrence to Ernest and Lena (Fragala) DiFiore. Ernie attended Lawrence Schools and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1964. An honorably discharged veteran, he served his country during Vietnam as a member of the United States Navy and received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.

Ernie worked for the Lawrence Housing Authority for many years until his retirement. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. Ernie was a compassionate and sincere father and grandfather who will be missed by all who knew him.

Mr. DiFiore is survived by his long time companion Heidi (Acheson) Crossman; sons, Ernest C. DiFiore and his wife Dana of Methuen, Eugene DiFiore and his wife Nancy of Epping, N.H.; daughter, Stacy M. DiFiore of Bangor, Maine; brothers, Raymond DiFiore and his wife Catherine of Methuen, Dana DiFiore and his wife Catherine of Melvin Village, N.H.; sister, Karen Winning and her husband Dennis of Salem, N.H.; three grandchildren, Kali Hamel, Sam DiFiore and Olivia DiFiore; and several aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends may call on Thursday, March 4, 2010 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen. His funeral Mass will be held on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 10 a.m. in Corpus Christi Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 35 Essex St., Lawrence. Burial will follow at Bellevue Cemetery, Lawrence. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Catholic High School, Lawrence. For directions and condolences, please visit our Web site and online guestbook at www.cataudellaFH.com.

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