Albert Anthony “Al” DeFazio, 72, of Bethany Beach, Del., suffered a severe heart attack on Oct. 20 2018, and passed from this life on Oct. 23, the date of his 47th wedding anniversary to his devoted wife, Earlene.
He was preceded in death by his father, Anthony DeFazio, in 1981 and his mother, Frances DeFazio (née Rossi), in 2007.
He was born in Scranton, Pa., on Oct. 6, 1946. DeFazio was a graduate of Scranton Central High School, the University of Scranton and George Mason University. He served two years in the U.S. Army with an honorable discharge. DeFazio met Earlene in Silver Spring, Md., where they married in 1971.
Along with his loving wife, Earlene, he is survived by their son, Brian DeFazio, and Brian’s children, Erin and Dominick; daughter, Terri DeFazio and her husband, Philip Jordan, and their daughter Lillian “Lily”; and his brother, Joe DeFazio and his wife, Sonya Davis.
Throughout his life, he was known for many different things to many different people: a youth football coach, a financial professional, a race car guy, a spin instructor, a golfer, a VFW volunteer, but most importantly, a loving father and devoted husband. DeFazio was best characterized for a fierce and tenacious love of family. His “family first” dedication was always in assuring there was no one more important to him than his family, and they always felt his deep love. He was a doting grandfather and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his grandchildren, Erin, Dominick and Lily.
DeFazio enjoyed his 17 years living in Bethany Beach. He arrived as a “come here” but departed as a caring neighbor, devoted friend and Bethany Beach native. DeFazio most enjoyed his days at World Gym Bethany Beach as a fitness trainer and spin instructor until he no longer felt he could perform to his own high expectations. He was a casual golfer and had hopes of becoming “not too bad,” but his VFW pals were happy to ignore his golf shortcomings in exchange for his good company. DeFazio was a loyal New York Giants fan, and most will remember his infamous NYG hat that he frequently wore around town.
His family will host a celebration of life on Nov. 17, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. at Ocean View Presbyterian Church Memorial Hall, 67 Central Avenue, Ocean View, Del.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests memorial donations be made to VFW 7234; 29265 Marshy Hope Way, Ocean View, DE 19970, or to Ocean View Presbyterian Church.
Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com