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James (Jimmy) DiFerdinando




James (Jimmy) DiFerdinando passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at home with his loving family by his side.  Jimmy was born and raised in Chester, PA. He was a graduate of Chester High School in 1971 where he was an outstanding basketball player and in 2014 was inducted into the Chester High School Hall of Fame.  After high school, Jimmy attended Brandywine College before joining the military.  He was a proud member of the United States Air Force.  Following his military career, he moved to Arizona and began work with Boeing Helicopters.  Jimmy worked as a Field Service Rep on the Apache helicopters where his work stationed him throughout the world. He was a loving husband, father and brother and is survived by his wife, Rosemary, his daughter and son-in law, Gabriela and Ryan Flatt and his siblings, Joey and his wife Joanne DiFerdinando, Nicky DiFerdinando and Helen Davis.

 Services will be held at Bueler Mortuary on Friday, January 13th at 1:00pm. 

On behalf of James John DiFerdinando, donations can be made to The Unity Games ( ). The Unity Games combines basketball and educational workshops to foster relationships among young people of different backgrounds through a shared experience.



  • Timothy H. Saunders Posted January 12, 2017 4:24 PM

    “Jimmy D” was a good friend and was liked and respected by everyone who knew him. He will certainly be missed by all of us that he left behind. Rest In Peace.

  • Helen Posted January 13, 2017 9:37 AM

    My brother, may you Rest In Peace in paradise. You will surely be missed by many.

    • Kathy Callahan Mues Posted January 13, 2017 2:06 PM

      Helen, I’m so sorry for your loss. Jimmy was a nice guy.

      • Helen Posted January 20, 2017 8:12 AM

        Forgive me, I have a terrible memory, are you Ethel’s sister? I use to play with her and Jill Horzempa when I was a kid living on E Avon road. Helen DiFerdinando-Davis

  • Mary Posted January 13, 2017 10:14 AM

    I will always remember his good heart and easy-going nature. May God bless and keep my wonderful cousin.

  • Karen Holmes Posted January 13, 2017 10:20 AM

    So Sad to hear Jim passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family! I was stationed in England with him in the Air Force and worked together at Boeing too. He was such a special dear friend! I will truly miss him so much, so glad I have many great memories of the fun times we had together.

  • Kitty Solla Posted January 13, 2017 11:32 AM

    My deepest condolences to Jimmy’s family. I’ve had the honor of working with Jimmy over the last 14 years. Nicest guy in the world, with such a contagious, happy attitude. I will miss you my friend. Rest in Peace Brother. Until we meet again on the other side.

  • Robert Max McCarthy Posted January 13, 2017 12:52 PM

    So sad to hear this. I played ball in Jimmy’s back yard when we were kids and worked with Joe until 2 years ago. Joe always spoke of Jimmy with great pride. Prayers for his family.

  • Nancy (Barbacane) Nelson Posted January 13, 2017 1:02 PM

    I was once part of the DiFerdinando family and always loved Jimmy like s brother. I’ll miss you Jim! May God bless you and keep you always. Rest In Peace.

    • THOMAS TROTMAN Posted January 16, 2017 4:30 PM

      Nancy…hope you are well. Quite a shock although Joe told me he was sick.

  • Glenn Hartman Posted January 13, 2017 1:16 PM

    My deepest condolences to the family. Jimmy was a great guy, and a terrific rep and person. The Greek unit he supported has been notified and they also send thier deepest regards. Jimmy was considered a part of the Greek family and along with them, he will be missed by all that he touched. Rest in peace Jimmy.

  • Kathy Callahan Mues Posted January 13, 2017 2:09 PM

    My deepest sympathies to the DiFerdinando family. We were neighbors and Jim was in my class at St. Roberts. He was a great guy and will be greatly missed.

  • Nancy Wesley Posted January 13, 2017 3:10 PM

    Jimmy D was one of the best guys I worked with during my career at Boeing. I will always remember his bright smile and cheerful attitude. Rosemary and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find peace in the love and memories you have for Jim….he was one of a kind.

  • Tim and Katie Lemon Posted January 13, 2017 3:21 PM

    Sending our deepest condolences to your family from Berrien Springs, MI

  • Dave Hosea Posted January 13, 2017 6:19 PM

    Jimmy D I will miss you smile and sense of humor!! We have lost a wonderful guy.

  • Jorge Vargas Posted January 13, 2017 8:30 PM

    My deepest condolences to the family. I had the great pleasure of knowing and working alongside Jimmy while I was in Egypt. He will be greatly missed.

  • Sydnee Juneac Posted January 13, 2017 10:00 PM

    Good-bye friend.

  • Mark and Haydee Posted January 14, 2017 6:43 AM

    Jimmy touched our hearts and was a dear friend. Truly he will be missed and rememberd by so many around the world, Gods speed my dear friend.

  • Johan Dekkers royale netherland air force Posted January 14, 2017 8:04 AM

    Hé willen bezoeken mist In enyoued werking with him

  • Antoine Houwen Royal Netherlands Airforce Posted January 14, 2017 10:55 AM

    Dear Jimmy,
    thanks the for the great support we had from you during your time in the Netherlands. We will miss you. Will always remember your great smile. To the family, condolences, I wish you all strenght in these sad times.

  • Ethel and Darrell Hanson Posted January 14, 2017 11:25 AM

    It is a great shock to hear of Jimmy’s passing. He was a fun co-worker and gentleman. Never said a bad word about anything or anybody and there was always a smile greeting. Our deepest sympathies to Jimmy’s family. God be with you!

  • Chris Allaire Posted January 14, 2017 12:49 PM

    Rest In Peace Jimmy! Condolences and best wishes to the Family

  • Jan Stuve – Royal Netherlands Air Force Posted January 14, 2017 1:13 PM

    My deepest condolences to the family. Sometimes you meet somebody and you just click, I’m grateful that you where part of my life Jimmy.

  • R David Posted January 14, 2017 1:18 PM

    It is with great sadness to hear this but also no small comfort to learn that amongst all who knew him there is one common thread, his smile and his happy disposition, which can be hard to find now and will be missed. Requiescat in Pace

  • Tracy Lockwood Posted January 14, 2017 3:48 PM

    On behalf of James John DiFerdinando, donations can be made to The Unity Games ( ). The Unity Games combines basketball and educational workshops to foster relationships among young people of different backgrounds through a shared experience.

  • James G Work Posted January 15, 2017 2:17 PM

    Jim was a very good friend to many of us in Cairo, Egypt. It was truly a shock to hear of his passing. His warm personality and great smile will never be forgotten! Rest In pease Jimbo and we will indeed miss you.

  • THOMAS TROTMAN Posted January 16, 2017 4:28 PM

    Played many a game at Chester Park. Can’t believe he is gone…much too young.

  • Glenn Anderson Posted January 17, 2017 8:55 AM

    RIP Jimmy D. What an athlete, I played many, many B-Ball games with Jimmy at Chester High, what a competitor he was. I often wondered how far he made it after high school. So sorry to hear of this loss. My condolences to the DiFernando family. May peace be with you.

  • Ray Gibbs Posted January 17, 2017 1:52 PM

    Joey, your brother and I go waay back to the days of Smedley Jr. High and Chester Park. Any time I stopped in LaSpada’s or Phil & Jim’s when visiting home, I’d ask if any of them knew Jimmy or Joey DiFerdinando. I feel blessed that the different color of our skin was never a factor in our friendship. My Love, Prayers and deepest Sympathy to his wife, daughter and the entire DiFerdinando Family.

  • Michael Petillo Posted December 25, 2019 5:16 PM

    Watching the raptors and Hollis Jefferson, I told my son about the greatest player to come out of Chester! R.I.P. Jimmy, I will never forget the games at Chester Park.

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