John Christofaro Jr.

May 27, 1938January 18, 2020

RALEIGH, NC – John Christofaro, 81, passed away peacefully from complications of lung and lymphoma cancer at Duke University Medical Center on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

John is survived by his loving wife Vickie of 58 years; daughter Doreen and son-in-law Lyle Hicks of Carmel, IN; son David and daughter-in-law Melanie Christofaro and grandchildren Joshua John and Sofia Catherine of Charlotte, NC and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents John and Erminia (Cieri) Christofaro and three brothers, Frank of Elmira, NY, Albert of Pine City, NY and Anthony of Horseheads, NY.

John was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Wildwood Golf Course, Triangle Italian-American Heritage Association (TIAHA), served in several chairmanship capacities and volunteered at many charitable and fundraising events. He was always available and willing to help anyone in need with any type of problem.

John was born in Elmira, NY. He earned an Associate of Applied Science degree from Alfred University and graduated at the top in his class. Upon graduation, he joined IBM in Rochester, NY in 1961 and held many technical and managerial positions during his 31-year career. He earned many Outstanding Contribution Awards and other miscellaneous awards. His single greatest achievement at IBM was when he was asked to take over management for the support organization of a software product that had so many problems that customers were waiting months for service callbacks. John developed a support methodology that turned this situation around in six months. He received several awards and recognitions for his actions.

John loved dancing with his wife, golf, snow skiing, tennis, Sudoku, jokes and writing poems for special events and friends. He had a 30 golf handicap and always bragged about how he played golf more economically because his cost per stroke was less than his partners due to hitting the ball more frequently. He and Vickie were always recognized as outstanding dancers and took advantage of every opportunity to dance. They started dancing together several years before their marriage in 1961. He also cherished returning to both his and Vickie’s high school class reunions in Elmira.

John thanks all his family and friends for helping him have such a wonderful life. He regrets that he will not be here to celebrate his grandchildren’s significant events.

John requested this special entry: “I drank from my saucer because my cup runneth over. I wish the same for all of you and mankind”.

The family will greet guests on Saturday, January 25th at 12:30 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 11401 Leesville Rd, Raleigh, NC. Afterward, John will be laid to rest in the columbarium at St. Francis Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in John’s memory. Contact the Cancer Centers of North Carolina at 919-781-7070 for more information.

Arrangements with Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 25, 2020
  • Memorial Mass Saturday, January 25, 2020


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salvatore notarmaso

January 28, 2020

I have know John for over 40 years , through our Italian Club ,and would meet him at Work in I.B.M. , always a great hello, and smile ,and was very helpful when My wife passed as a Friend . He will be missed . God Bless


January 25, 2020

John, Thank you for bringing my late father, Thomas L. Hulsey (deceased 6/27/17) to North Carolina in 1983 from IBM, Moline, Ill. I'm grateful for allowing my Dad to have this opportunity to grow and prosper in the RTP area for our family and will be forever blessed. RIP Mr. Christofaro. ~ Jennifer, Hunter and Liam Hulsey, Sanford, NC.

Mark Christofaro

January 25, 2020

Condolences to my Uncle John's Family. Being a class act and great guy is how He will be remembered. He was there as my Godfather and was an integral part of the best family memory that will be cherished in this lifetime. I'm sure he added to the laughter in heaven as he joins his Mom, Dad and Brothers. Our thoughts and prayers are with my Aunt and Cousins as you honor his life and legacy.

Mark , Betsy , Jordan and Ashley

Elaine Christofaro /Sonner

January 24, 2020

I'm soo sorry for your loss! Uncle John was an amazing man! ❤️😢

Jeanne Gunter

January 23, 2020

Vickie, I have fond memories of you @ Sirche & I. Was @ Westaff & also of Doreen. You always spoke of your special John & your love for each other. May your memories & God's presence comfort you & your family.
With love & prayers
Jeanne Guntet

Bob & Eileen Cenfetelli

January 23, 2020

Condolences to the Christofaro family. He will be missed.

Eileen & Ed Michaels

January 22, 2020

Dear Vickie, Doreen, and David... We're so sorry for your loss and we're holding you close in prayer.

All best,

Eileen Hagerty Michaels and Ed Michaels

Ed Burken

January 22, 2020

My condolences to Vickie and the Christofaro family. Truly a sad occasion. I was a member of John’s support group as well. John brought me to Raleigh for which I will always be thankful!

Dennis Wind

January 21, 2020

I was also a member of that ‘problem support group’. John straightened us out and turned the group around to be one of the best in IBM. John was Or only the best manager I ever worked for but the best manager in IBM.

Joe Fowler

January 21, 2020

Such sad news.... My condolences to all of John's family.
I was part of the support organization that was mentioned that John put together. It was indeed a problem situation, which he was instrumental in resolving.

He was by far the best IBM manager I have worked for.