Henry Irvin DiFranco left this world on October 26, 2019, at the age of 73. He was born November 30, 1945 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of fifty-three years, Georgiana Mohring DiFranco. Henry is also survived by his three children: Theresa Danos (Jeff), Henry DiFranco, Jr. (Stacey) and Michelle Autin (Darren); and his nine grandchildren: Jonah Autin, Adam Danos, Emma Autin, Jack Danos, Rafe Danos, Joseph DiFranco, Joel DiFranco, Jude DiFranco and Parker Autin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mildred DiFranco, his brother Donald DiFranco, and his sister Jacqueline Surcouf. He is survived by his two brothers, Jack DiFranco (Diann) and Guy DiFranco (Patricia), his sister June Rousselle, and numerous loving relatives from near and far. Henry was a graduate of the Francis T. Nicholls High School Class of 1963 and Delgado Junior College, where he received two Associate of Science Degrees in Fire Prevention Technology and Occupational Safety and Health. He was a veteran of the U.S Navy and a retired New Orleans Firefighter. A talented master carpenter and roofer, Henry became an accomplished business owner and was the president of Big Easy Roofing, Inc., a successful general contracting and roofing company that serviced the New Orleans metropolitan area for many years. Henry was an avid Tulane Green Wave fan. He also enjoyed fishing the waters of Louisiana and singing karaoke. Henry was tenacious and never a quitter. Over the years, he survived many close calls and numerous physical ailments, but finally lost his battle with cancer after a long and hard-fought fight. There were many doubters, but he completed every treatment available to give himself a chance to survive; he loved life. Friends and family are invited to attend an open-house Memorial Gathering on Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. with a remembrance ceremony from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the home of Jeff and Theresa Danos. For the address and directions, please email Inmemoryofhenrydifranco@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation which honors and supports first responders, veterans, and their families who have undergone severe loss or financial hardship. www.tunnel2towers.org
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