Harry DiFrancesco, 91, who ran his own shoe repair store in Washington for many years and then owned a restaurant named "Harry's," died Wednesday at Doctor's Hospital of Prince George's County in Lanham following surgery for a perforated colon.
Mr. DiFrancesco was born in the province of Abruzzi in Italy and learned the shoemaker's trade there. He came to the United States about 1908 and settled in Washington. He opened a shoe repair store soon after his arrival here and operated it until about 1940.
Then he opened "Harry's," a tavern and luncheonette at First Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW. He sold the business when he retired in 1955.
Mr. DiFrancesco had been a member of the parish of Hol Rosary Catholic Church in Washington and a member of its Holy Name Society. After living in the city for many years, he moved to Silver Spring, where he was active in the Montgomery County senior citizens association. He lived at the Villa Rosa Retirement Home In Mitchellville, Md., which is run by Holy Rosary Church, for about a year, then moved to the University Nursing Home in Wheaton about two months ago.
His wife, Frances, died in 1945.
Survivors include tow daughters, Regina Cincotta, of Bethesda, and Mary Rapisardi, of Hyattsville; two sons, Charles, of Silver Spring, and Michael of Pembroke Lakes, Fla.; 14 grandchildren, and two great-grand-children.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Holy Rosary Casa Italiano, c/o Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Washington.