Leo P. DiFiore

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PORTLAND - Leo P. DiFiore, passed away, Dec. 8, 2018, at South Portland Nursing Home, surrounded by his beloved family. Leo was born, Feb. 20, 1949, the son of Leo and Mary (D'Alonzo) DiFiore. He grew up on Munjoy Hill in Portland, and attended schools in that area. He was the second born of 11 children.

He started out as a professional boxer when he was at the age of 19, as a lightweight. He traveled all over the country, he boxed in Las Vegas and the people there loved him and tossed money in the ring. He always put on a great fight. He was ranked seventh in the world for lightweight division. He was known for that left hook and won many fights!

In 1968, he won the Maine State Lightweight Championship. He had fan mail from as far away as Germany. In his later years, he worked at Joe's Smoke Shop on Congress Street.

He is going to be sadly missed, such a beautiful soul, our "Leo". We know he is in heaven with the rest of the angels!

He was predeceased by, his parents, Leo and Mary DiFiore; and brother, James. He is survived by his sons, Keith DiFiore from Florida and Lee DiFiore from California; and remaining brothers and sisters, Nancy and husband, Robert Rolfe, Rita and husband, Stephen Richard, Danny, Johnny, Alfred, Paul, Peter and wife, Joanna, Phillip and Tommy.

A celebration of Leo's life will be held privately by the family, which was Leo's wishes.

Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 21, 2018
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