12/30/1927 – 9/03/2021
Philip was a man who revolutionized the manufacturing, design, and installation of Diners since the 1950s. Over the years, his customers were mostly from the northeast, but also spanned as far south as Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.
He was born and raised in New Rochelle. Phil graduated from Albert Leonard High School where he was voted Class President in his senior year. He loved most sports and was the self-proclaimed best catcher in Westchester County.
While in high school, Phil worked with his father, Angelo, who taught him the meaning of “perfection” in the construction of diners. After graduating from Delahanty School of Architectural Design located in Manhattan, he was instrumental in changing the design of diners from the railroad style diner to the modern style as seen today. One such diner was the Peter Pan Diner manufactured and delivered to Long Island in the 1950s and later moved to Wilmington, DE.
Phil is an outstanding citizen of New Rochelle who has been active in such benefits as Youth Tackle, Little League Baseball, Boys and Girls Club, Rosary Hill, Lions Club, Holy Name and St. Joseph’s Churches, and Meal-on-Wheels of New Rochelle.
Phil was predeceased by his parents; Angelo & Mary DeRaffele, his wives; Josephine and Margaret. Sister; Rafael (Ray) Cacciatore; and brother, Salvatore DeRaffele.
Survived by Siblings Angela Anderson (Maynard), Joan DiBuono
(Bobby), John DeRaffele and Angelo DeRaffele (Anne), and (Mary Jane).
Children, Philip DeRaffele and Donna, Stephen DeRaffele and Mary Beth, Gail DeRaffele Cerreta and Bobby and Joseph DeRaffele and Sandy.
Grandchildren; Philip DeRaffele and Sue, Keith DeRaffele and Maria, Bert Terranova and Melissa, Stephen DeRaffele and Brittany, Mitchell DeRaffele, Kevin DeRaffele and Allie, Kelsey DeRaffele & Patrick, Brandon DeRaffele, Margaret DeRaffele, Skye DeRaffele, Stephen DeRaffele, Jr. and Reese DeRaffele.
Great Grandchildren; Madi, Adrianna, Gaby, Ali, Nicky, Juliet, Seraphina, Philip, Hyland & Amelia and many nephews, nieces and close friends.
A memorial is scheduled for Saturday, September 11th 2021 11 a.m. at 2525 Palmer Ave. New Rochelle, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following:
Holy Name of Jesus of New Rochelle
Meals on Wheels of New Rochelle
St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital