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Ralph “Lennie” DiFilippo

July 5, 1929 - November 6, 2019 Oxford, PA | Age 90 Loving Brother, Uncle and Friend.

Ralph ‘Lennie’ DiFilippo

Lennie DiFilippo, age 90, passed away peacefully on November 6th at Ware Presbyterian Village. He was born on July 5,1929. Lennie is survived by his beloved sister Aida Stainback, as well as multiple generations of nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his father Eugene J. DiFilippo Sr., his mother, Mary DeCecco DiFilippo, and two brothers Eugene Jr. and William.

He was a long time resident of Toughkenamon, PA. He graduated from Kennett High School, and joined the Army. After his discharge, he spent all of his life as co-owner of a family business, DiFilippo’s General Store, which served the Toughkenamon and surrounding community for more than 75 years.

After his retirement, he loved working in his yard and could often be found riding his tractor mowing grass or tinkering. He also enjoyed taking long rides in his car as well as dining out. During the winter months, a hobby he reveled in was piecing together multiple puzzles. Lennie was an avid baseball fan and found delight in collecting memorabilia of his favorite team, The New York Yankees. In his younger years, his hobbies included fishing, hunting and playing baseball for the Tuffies Baseball Club. He recently communicated how he was the last standing survivor.

Lennie was active in his community as a giving person and provided scholarship funds to both Kennett and Avon Grove High Schools. He participated in many Kennett Square Memorial Day and Halloween parades by driving his Model A Ford of which he was very fond of. Lennie was a friendly person and made many friends at the local YMCA. He always had a friendly smile and said hello to everyone.

Services and interment are private.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the American Heart Association, 1617 JFK Boulevard, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com


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Memorial Donations

American Heart Association

1617 JFK Boulevard
Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19103

American Diabetes Association

150 Monument Road
Suite 100
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

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Funeral Service

Service and burial will be private

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  1. Leonard was the sweetheart of the Kennett YMCA. No matter what the weather, he’d come in the door saying “Nice day, nice day.” He was always cheery and positive. Everybody knew him, everybody loved him. Everybody misses him.

    Susan Hughes | November 19, 2019 at 4:23 PM
  2. lennie would always stop and talk with me when i was going to the store and always said have a good day i will always remember that and every time i pass by his house i will have to stop and think of the great times we had talking together and i will miss lennie very much

    todd deloplaine | November 17, 2019 at 12:43 PM
  3. My Blessings and love go out to the DiFilippo family, because Leonard was a wonderful friend and neighbor to us when we lived in Toughkenamon, PA. I can speak of many nice and kind things that he did for me and mine; let alone my immediate family. Ironically, my mother (Catherine E. Warren) also passed away to be with the Lord not long after Leonard passed; they knew each other well. Blessings to the family for the legacy that was started by Mr. DiFilippo (Pop), Eugene, Ms. Glenna and Leonard (forgive me if I didn’t recognize others at this writing) … they will not be forgotten by me. Thank you Lord Jesus God for those who touched our lives.

    Barbara Warren | November 16, 2019 at 9:40 PM
  4. I love going in the store when I was a kid he called my mother Annie banani And always told me don’t dance on mamas rug he was a good And kind man God bless you Lenny

    Rich Basciani | November 13, 2019 at 8:27 AM
  5. My condolences to the DiFilippo family on your great loss. I remember with fondness the friendly smile at the butcher counter as a child. In more recent memories, I will never forget Lennie’s kindness to my dad, taking him out to lunch often. Daddy so enjoyed and looked forward to those adventures! I myself treasure those visits to their home when I felt Dad needed to get out from the burden of solitude and grief. Hugs dear Aida! You are royalty to me of grace and kindness! My love and prayers.

    Carol Ciarrocchi Griffith | November 9, 2019 at 5:09 PM
  6. I remember cousin Lennie as a jokester, always at the ready with a funny line or story. I worked at the store the summer I was 15 and it seemed like everyone knew him. I would on occasion go on deliveries with him and that was a favorite of his to do. It didn’t matter who you were he always had a smile for you as he served you at the meat/butcher counter or at the front of the store. Blessings to all the family and friends of his.

    Joe Sushinski | November 9, 2019 at 7:51 AM
  7. Lennie was good man and I can remember when I was a kid going into the store he was always behind the meat counter.I know that him and Uncle Henry are probably talking baseball.We are very sorry for your loss.

    John and Mary Bush | November 8, 2019 at 6:21 PM
  8. Lennie was dear friend of my father’s since childhood and a regular visitor to our family’s home for close to 70 years. Always fast with a smile, fast with a funny story, and always with a profound kindness and open heart. I remember visiting him at the butcher shop in the General Store with my mother throughout my childhood. It was always wonderful to see my parents’ faces light up when Lennie’s car was coming up the driveway. He and my dad were less than a year apart in age and passed within a couple of weeks of each other. I hope they are together again, sharing stories and making each other laugh. Farewell to a kind gentleman and dear friend. He was one of a kind.
    With deepest sympathies,
    Deanna and the family of Dickie & Anny Manfredi

    Deanna Manfredi | November 8, 2019 at 2:00 PM
  9. Our condolences to the DiFilippo Family. Lenny was a true friend to the Carozzo Family for many years.

    Bill & Barb Carozzo | November 8, 2019 at 1:58 PM

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