Former supermarket executive Julian “Jack” DiFiore passed away peacefully July 15, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was 89.
DiFiore was born and raised in Camden, NJ. He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War.
In 1949, he started his career in the retail food industry as a part-time clerk at A&P. By 1984, he was named president of Super Fresh and received A&P’s highest award for outstanding performance. He then joined Waldbaums in Long Island, NY as executive vice president and chief operating officer.
He co-taught in the Saint Joseph’s University Academy of Food Marketing master’s degree program and served on Saint Joseph’s board of directors and Academy of Food Marketing for 25 years.
One of his most cherished accomplishments was being named Boys’ Town of Italy’s Man of the Year in 1985.
DiFiore was honored by the Golden Slipper Camp with their annual award. In presenting the award, Golden Slipper said: “Julian’s devotion to public service and general character account for his business and personal success. In acknowledgement of the fact that by all fair standards of human achievement, the measure of this man must be taken not merely in terms of his business success, but more significantly by his consummate friendliness and by his great stature as a human being, beloved by family and respected by his colleagues throughout the food and related industries.”
He is survived by his wife of 68 Joan DiFiore, two sons Michael (Jan) and Paul and a daughter Donna Carmody (Terry) as well as his grandchildren, Kristin, Ryan and Carley.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Foundation.