Whalen & Ball Funeral Home

168 Park Ave, Yonkers, NY


Raymond J. DiFrancesco

November 23, 1921March 22, 2020

Raymond Joseph DiFrancesco, 98, Died March 22, 2020.

Raymond,AKA Big Ray, was born in Yonkers November 23,1921 to the late Lino & AnnaMaria DiFrancesco. He is predeceased by his brother Renato DiFrancesco, sister-in-law Frances DiFrancesco, sister Antoinette D’Andraia and brothers-in-law Rocco D’Andraia, Dario Antenucci and Armondo Carozza, nephews Raymond DiFrancesco, Philip Rodano, and Anthony D’Andraia and niece Doria Barone. Big Ray is survived by his wife Barbara ‘Jackie’, son Raymond DiFrancesco Jr. (Dyane), daughter GiGi Mancini (Orlando) and son John Mills (Tess), grandchildren John Mills Jr., Louis Mancini (Ronni). Frank Ciafardini (Alicia), Deanna Zirolnik (Andrew), Christopher Mills, Jennifer Mills, Ray Ray DiFrancesco (Fiance’ Kelsey Flaherty), and Brianna DiFrancesco, along with 4 great grandchildren Gia, Giovanni, Marco and Frankie, brother Romolo DiFrancesco, sisters Lena DiFrancesco Helen Antenucci, Norma Carozza and many nieces and nephews. Big Ray graduated from Saunders Trade and Technical School in Yonkers before being drafted in WW11 August 1942 where he served in the United States Army Air Force flying in a B17. He was honorably discharged December 24,1945 after receiving the World War 11 Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. In 1946 after the war Ray and 5 other fellow veterans formed the McArthur Boy Sports Social Club 7th Ward on School Street, later calling it the Yonk-heers Club for more than 60 years. Also in 1946, Ray joined local 235 Westchester Mason Tenders Union where he worked mainly in New York City retiring after 43 years and then spending all of his time gardening at the club and weekends ‘up the country’ with his wife, kids and grandkids. Respectfully we understand with the restrictions due to COVD-19 so funeral services will be private. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.


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Raymond J. DiFrancesco

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Michael Schettino

March 26, 2020

He will be greatly missed by all of the YONKHEER members.
He is the last of the original members who started the club after World War 11.
We always enjoyed the better stories he told about growing up on School Street.

Mike Schettino
President of the Yonkheer Club.

Miles & Stacey Neivert

March 25, 2020

Our deepest condolences for your family

We are sorry for your loss

Cathy Villara

March 24, 2020

Hello All:

Carl and I are so sorry for your loss. We hope in your time of grieving you can look to God to know Ray is in a better place. We all have fond memories of Ray, Jack, Ray Ray, Jackie and G. How large your family has gotten. We will all keep our memories they never go away. Also sorry for not being able to say goodbye in person. If you need anything please just pick up the phone and ask. We love you all and are thinking of you not just now but always.

Love to All

Fredric Buttinelli

March 23, 2020

My Dad, Fred Buttinelli & Ray were very close friends. When I met Ray he was almost like a second father to me at times. I will never forget the chats that Ray and I had at the Club from time to time. I will always remember him as a sincere, honest, caring and very wise man that gave me guidance. My sincere prayers & thoughts for Big Ray and all his family.
Fredric Buttinelli

Tammy Stannard

March 23, 2020

I remember the first time I met you at Great grams and aunt Jack’s house I was with Ed and I got to met all the family then. But you told me my name would be black eye peas, because I was from the south .We had some good times up there in NY. You will Surely be missed and you were loved by all and now you can go and find Ed and straighten him out and keep him in line until we all meet again.RIP big Ray love you dearly and prayers for your family. Love Tammy Stannard and family

Milton Craven

March 23, 2020

R.I.P RAY-- you have left this earth and now joining the rest of our family up above to look down on us.. you will now meet some of your Comrades from the service
SLOW HAND SALUTE---- RM2 Milton G. Craven III USN--VFW POST 1666

Al Couto

March 23, 2020

We lost a great man. I can still remember you Ray taking me and Ray Ray up to the country when we were just kids, we always had a blast. It seems we also managed to get into a bit of trouble every time we went, but you weren't too hard on us. You will be missed by so many may you R.I.P. Ray. Say hello to my Dad for me!!