Obituary for Ralph R. DeFrancesco
Ralph R. DeFrancesco 86, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2016 at Samaritan Hospice in Mt. Holly, NJ. Born on December 1, 1929 and raised in South Philadelphia, PA. He was a long time resident of Moorestown, NJ.
Ralph was a man who was lucky enough to truly love his craft. He followed in his father’s footsteps and was one of the last true old-time cabinet makers and it was said that he had hands of gold. Although he was referred to as a “cabinet maker”, cabinets were not what was made at his shop. He spent most of his time making custom, Queen Ann Furniture, pie crust tables and other top quality handmade pieces. He was the owner of DeFrancesco’s Cabinet Making at 207 Monroe Street in Philadelphia, until retiring in 2000, a business that his father, Tony had started.
He enjoyed spending summers in Wildwood, World Traveling (especially to Italy), Italian Oprah Music and entertaining family and friends. In his later years, he enjoyed spending time with his loving wife Terry and his family at his home in Moorestown. He took great pride in his Italian Heritage and all of his family.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Teresa (Terry) (nee Kean).
Loving father to Anthony DeFrancesco, Anita DeFrancesco, Andrea (Franco) DeFrancesco-Ilisco, the late Ralph DeFrancesco, Jr., Pamela DelBuono, Linda Cancelli, Victoria (Mark) Petti, Terry Cancelli-Bardaji, Karen (Bud) Wright and Doreen (George) Hubel. He is survived by 16 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and his loving caregiver for the past two years Catherine Kamara.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Ralph’s Life Celebration and viewing Monday 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Snover/Givnish of Cinnaminson 1200 Route 130 North. His Funeral Service will follow at 11 a.m.,
Entombment Lakeview Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:
5 Eves Drive Suite 300
Marlton, NJ 08053
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
322 Eighth Ave, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001