Name     Cesare A. DiFava
      October 10, 1925 - February 13, 2022
Service Information     Friday, February 18 - 11:00 AM
Sacred Heart Church
49 Sixth St.
Interment Information     Cambridge Cemetery
76 Coolidge Avenue
Visitation     Friday, February 18
9:00-10:30 AM
Memorial Donations    

DiFava, Cesare A., life-long resident of East Cambridge died on February 13, peacefully at his daughter’s home at 96 years of age. Relatives and friends are invited to visit at the Donovan-Aufiero Funeral Home, 140 Otis St., Cambridge Friday from 9:00-10:30AM followed by a Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church 49 Sixth St. Cambridge at 11:00AM. Interment will be in the Cambridge Cemetery. To send a condolence message to his family visit THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE REQUIRES THAT FACE COVERINGS BE WORN AT ALL TIMES INDOORS.

Cesare was married to the love of his life, the late Lee (Livia Belloste) for 52 years. Together they raised their two children, Michael (husband of Marie) and Diane (wife of Bill Corbett). He was the proud Papa of Michael (husband of Jenn), Matthew (husband of Caitlin), Marc (husband of Lisa), Craig (husband of Megan), and Patrick, and Big Papa of Mackenzie, Noah, Genevieve, Giuliana, and Sophia DiFava, and Bradyn and Livia Corbett. Cesare was the brother of Marcello (Marshie) and the brother-in-law of Helen DiFava and Val Burns. He now joins his parents, Cesare and Loreta and brothers and sisters Al, Ozzie, Leda, Nellio and Loreta in death.

Cesare was a graduate of Cambridge High and Latin School and served in the US Coast Guard during World War II. He was retired from MIT and Crimson Camera Technical Sales, both jobs that he loved. He was a member of the Arlington Men’s Retirement Club, where he played pool weekly with friends until shortly before his death.

Throughout his life, Cesare was a kind and generous man, who loved to have fun and eat good food. Although he enjoyed watching most sporting events, he had two favorite teams, UConn girls’ basketball and the New York Yankees fan. He was a diehard fan, who proudly wore his Yankees baseball cap nearly every where he went. He and Lee enjoyed the monthly dinner dances at the Progressive Club in Somerville and the Retired Men’s Club in Arlington, vacationing in the Catskills with Michael and Diane and in later years every Memorial Day weekend with his and Lee’s sisters and brothers, friends and spouses. His grandchildren have fond memories of growing up going out for lunch and amusement parks with Papa and seeing him watching from the stands at their baseball, hockey and football games. He looked forward to going to Gloucester, family barbecues and birthday parties, holidays in the basement on Aldersey Street, the SS Cosmas and Damian Feast (his mother being a founding member of the society), and FaceTiming with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.