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  John Difato

Date of Birth: August 31, 1962
Position: Business Securities Controller

In his short 39 years on this earth touched so many people lives.  Four lives in particular were his wife and three young children. Sue, his wife, will strive hard to keep the memory of John alive for his children, Anthony, Nicole and John.  Memories of his involvement in their schoolwork, trips to Disney, a night at the circus, sports games and eating out as a family and especially daily hugs and kisses. We always knew we had something special.  We were each other’s soulmate and  how fortunate to have such a close and loving relationship.  After 12 years of marriage, we were the lucky ones.  The ones, who lived life to the fullest, devoted themselves to each other and their children and truly enjoyed each other every moment they spent together.

   John was a devoted family man, leaving “work” at the office. He was a loving, attentive father. He was a thoughtful and caring husband.  He was an honest and faithful friend. These are qualities that you would find when describing an angel. He was our angel on earth; who walked amongst us for a short period of time.

  Remember, and hold dear your memories of John. He will always be a hero in our eyes.  He will always be the ONE person who made such a difference in all of our lives.

John DiFato Always Remembered…..Never forgotten


Love Always, Sue, Anthony, Nicole and John
  • In his short 39 years on this earth touched so many people lives. Four lives in particular were his wife and three young children. Sue, his wife, will strive hard to keep the memory of John alive for his children, Anthony, Nicole and John. Memories of his involvement in their schoolwork, trips to Disney, a night at the circus, sports games and eating out as a family and especially daily hugs and kisses. We always knew we had something special. We were each other’s soulmate and how fortunate to have such a close and loving relationship. After 12 years of marriage, we were the lucky ones. The ones, who lived life to the fullest, devoted themselves to each other and their children and truly enjoyed each other every moment they spent together.

    John was a devoted family man, leaving “work” at the office. He was a loving, attentive father. He was a thoughtful and caring husband. He was an honest and faithful friend. These are qualities that you would find when describing an angel. He was our angel on earth; who walked amongst us for a short period of time.

    Remember, and hold dear your memories of John. He will always be a hero in our eyes. He will always be the ONE person who made such a difference in all of our lives.

    John DiFato Always Remembered…Never forgotten

    Love Always, Sue, Anthony, Nicole and John
  • One smile begins a friendship,
    One handclasp lifts a soul.
    One star can guide a ship at sea,
    One word can frame the goal.
    One step must start a journey,
    One word must start each prayer,
    One hope will raise our spirits,
    One touch can show you care.
    One voice can speak with wisdom.
    One heart can know what’s true,
    One life can make the difference
    That ONE for me is YOU!

    John Difato
    Always Remembered….Never forgotten

    I Love You Always

    Your Loving Wife, Sue

    Sue Difato, Wife
  • Being the assistant to the CFO, I had the privilege of befriending the entire Accounting department and especially John.

    He was such a sweet and pleasant man.

    Every morning he would be beaming and tell me about something his kids had done or said and that he, like me, was contemplating moving to NJ.

    We would compare stories about realtors or my “Calamity Jane” moments with my trials and tribulations of “the Staten Island/NJ real estate world” – like he used to say.

    He also made it a point to stop by to say “Good Morning” to me and boy, would I give anything to hear it again!

    I miss my Accounting crew and not one day goes by that you guys are not thought of or missed.

    I sincerely wish the DiFato family peace, prayers and my sincerest love always.

    Monica Gazzillo, Co-worker
  • Dad,

    I miss you very much! I want to you know that I will always love you and you will always be in my heart. Me and mom are sharing alot of memories about you, that we shared alone and as a family.

    Love you always
    Anthony….Age 10

    Anthony, Son
  • He was a very nice daddy. He always spent time with me. Everytime I had a test he always wished me good luck that morning before I left for school and when I came home he would call to see how I did. I miss you very very very very much.

    Dad. I will always love you!

    Love Always Nicole…..Age 9

    Nicole, Daughter
  • Dad,

    It only has been 3 years that I was part of your life but I just wanted to let you know that I Love you alot…

    Hugs and Kisses XOXOXO

    Love Always John….Age 3

    John, Son
  • To know John was to know someone who was a true down-to-earth person. Yes, he lived up to his professional responsibilities, but first and foremost, were always his kids. Everytime we met eachother in passing we would talk about our children – he was so proud of them. He was a true family man. There was a goodness about him that made befriending him easy. My condolences and prayers go out to his beloved family. G-D Bless.

    David "DOC" Bellows, Co-worker, friend
  • John, my buddy, was always by my side. A man I could trust with anything. John would help anyone at anytime but never ask for help himself. A leader by example, John never complained and always went beyond the call of duty. Anyone who worked with John and left Cantor always called John to see how he was doing. The type of guy who would take “heat” for something he didn’t do in order to protect others.
    He loved his wife and kids unconditionally. He was always calling home to see how his kids were doing. He wanted the best for his kids, always. He worked two jobs, went to school at night and weekends in order to provide his family with the best. His kids pictures were never far away, usually right in front of him on his desk.
    I can’t tell in so short of space how many laughs we had. Tackling you and Bracco in the snow at Battery Park. Being trapped at a bus stop at the SI Mall in the worst Blizzard in our lifetime. The laughs we had on the Staten Island Ferry. A day will never go by without my thinking about you. Thanks for the friendship. John, a hero NO DOUBT in his last moments.

    Terry Buckley, Friend, former colleague
  • I had the pleasure of working with John from Macy’s in the early 90’s. When I was leaving Macy’s for my big job in the city I spoke to John about it, only to find out that he spent his days at Cantor Fitzgerald, where I just got a job. I was so happy that he was there to say hello and have that big smile on his face in the morning, either at the office on when I would see him on the ferry. I will always remember him for that. My prayers are with his family.

    Judi Brehm, Former co-worker
  • John Difato. Otherwise known as “Haas” to the crew of business unit controllers when I started at Cantor Fitzgerald in October of 1995 (how that nickname evolved, I still don’t know!). His generosity and positive disposition (no matter how late we worked) were his admirable ‘silent strengths’. When I moved into John’s area a year into my career at Cantor, I received INFINITE amounts of assistance and advice from him. Despite his own workload, he would always take the time to explain something to me or just to chat and catch up. Our values and backgrounds were very similar; family, friendship, hard work; John embodied these values. They made him an inspirational father and a loyal friend~heroic attributes in this day and age. We miss you John & are confident that you are in a better place.
    Cristina Papa

    Cristina Papa, Co-Worker
  • John,

    You were a great friend of mine for over 10 years. The kind of guy who would help anyone anytime. I know because you helped me 3 times in my house moves. You and Terry and I had many great times together. I am proud to have known you. I have never met anyone more loyal or anyone who carried himself with more dignity than you. Although you were not a big man you really were a “Hoss”. Hoss means big man with a big heart. You were all heart, that’s for sure. You are a friend that I will never forget.

    Till we meet again,
    Tony “Brac” Bracco

    Anthony, Bracco
  • In all the years I worked with John at Cantor, I can’t recall a day when he didn’t have a smile and a nice word to say. Even those many nights when we all worked late and were pretty grumpy, John would always be nice and calm, ready to help out the guys even if it meant staying later.
    I would joke with him that when I called him John, he wouldn’t turn around or respond, because to everyone else he was “Hoss”. He would always break out into a great big smile when we called him that, I think he truly loved that nickname.

    My prayers and my deepest sympathy go out to his wife, children, and family.

    Jody, Former co-worker
  • John was a pleasant man, a quiet man, and a gentleman.

    I worked in the accounting dept. and often had to deal with John on a daily basis. He would often speak of his children and would show me pictures of them.

    But what I most remember about John was his demeanor. He was so nice and amiable. I know he must be missed terribly by his wife, children and family.

    My thoughts and prayers are with Difato family at this time. John may be gone, but he is not forgotten.

    Theresa Nugent, co-worker
  • I knew John for 10 years and that is from the time we were on 32nd floor. He was a calm and quiet person. Whenever I went to see him for work related issues he would make some time for me answering all the questions I had. I still remember all the beautiful pictures of his kids he had on his desk and cube. It’s very difficult for me to beleive that I can’t talk to him any more. I will be missing one of my very good friend. May his soul rest in peace.
    Venkateshan Pundi

    Venkateshan Pundi, co-worker
  • Several months have gone by and I don’t know where the time has gone. But there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of you. I miss you so much and wish you were here with me. I love you always. Hugs and Kissses. XOXO

    Love always Sue

    Sue, Wife
  • I worked with John from 1997-1999. John, Terry, and I would take the ferry home together and cars home during the ‘month-end’ because we lived on “The Rock.” John and Terry were always 2 guys that I wanted to be around when I worked there. They always were joking around with each other and were always laughing.

    John was extremely proud of his family. He was extremely dedicated to them, and I remember that I admired this about him.

    Andrew Stergio, Co-worker
  • John it has been two years since you’ve been taken away from us. We always said, where does the time go. Theres not a day that goes by that I don’t think of you. I will always love you.

    Sue DiFato, Wife
  • Remembering you always, 9-11-06. Your warm smile lives on in the hearts of those who knew you.

    Gerri, Co-worker
  • Remembering you always, 9.11.06.

    Gerri DeCicco, co-worker
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