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In Memoriam: Sam C. Difeo

May 11, 2006

It is with deep sadness and a sense of loss that we report the passing of Sam C. DiFeo, a former New Jersey TIME Magazine Quality Dealer Award (TMQDA) winner. A resident of Spring Lake, Sam passed away on May 5; he is survived by his wife, Julia; his sons, Joseph, Denis and Samuel; a daughter, Cecilia Iannaccone; sisters, Genevieve Luisi, Esther Blasucci, Grace Balesteri, Yolanda DelGaizio, Vivien Tartaglia and Millicent Cappadonna; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Sam DiFeo began his automobile business in 1945, when he purchased a used car dealership in Jersey City. Over the years he grew his business to include many dealerships around the State, including Hudson Toyota, Park Pontiac, J&F Oldsmobile, DiFeo VW, J&S Ford, and DiFeo Subaru and Mitsubishi.
He established scholarships at St. Peters Prep and St. Peters College and supported numerous charities, including the United Way, Boys and Girls Clubs of Hudson County, the Dante Alighieri Society, and the Jersey City Police Department. Sam was also installed as a Knight of Malta and was inducted into the Jersey City Circle of Honor.
NJCAR’s condolences go out to Sam’s family and friends.