John DeFrancesco, age 93, of Hamden, passed away on December 29, 2016. John was born in New Haven on June 3, 1923, a son of the late John & Matilda (Esposito) DeFrancesco. He was the loving husband over 70 years of Betty Candela DeFrancesco, who passed away in 2015. John is survived by his beloved daughters, Bernadette Gilbert & her husband Arthur of West Haven and Maria Cusano of Colchester. Grandfather of Marisa Gilbert of East Haven and Philip Cusano & his wife Jessica of Colchester and great-grandfather of Dominic and Rocco Cusano. John was predeceased by his sisters, Carmel Silva and Vincenza 'Babe' DeFrancesco, his brothers, Sammy & Gaetano 'Ninnie' DeFrancesco, and his son in-law Richard Cusano. He was a truck driver and store clerk for Hoffman Paint, Devoe Paint and Sherwin-Williams Paint Companies over the years. John was always famous for his artistic cardboard creations. Friends may visit with his family at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden on Tuesday, Jan. 3rd from 9:00 to 10:30 AM and may attend his Mass of Christian Burial that will be celebrated at 11:00 AM in St. Stephen's Church 400 Ridge Rd. Hamden. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven. Contributions in John's memory may be made to SARAH-Tuxis Inc., 45 Boston St., Guilford, CT 06437.

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  1. Aunt Berna, Uncle Art, Marisa and family , we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad and poppie. You are in our thoughts and prayers. All our love, Lisa, Julie and Jamey.

  2. We were so sorry to just hear of Uncle John’s passing! We lived next door to my grandparents and Aunt Betty and Uncle John for years….I remember all of his cardboard creations over the years.

    Our thoughts and prayers go with him and his family!

    Marie & Ron Maillette (niece and nephew) Port St. Lucie, FL.

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