Felix DiStrito, 73, a former professional boxer who was a vendor in Washington for more that 40 years, died of cancer Sunday at his home in Bradbury Heights near Suitland.
Mr. DiStrito was born in the Philippines and began his ring career there at the age of 14, fighting under the name of "Young Aguinaldo." In 1922, he came to the United States and lived first in Los Angeles. He moved to Washington about 1927. In all, he is said to have had 368 professional fights, of which he won 260.
He became a vendor when fighting injuries caused him to go blind. He worked at the old Griffith Stadium and at many other locations in the city, including the Mall during the tourist seasons. He began this work in the early 1930s and continued it until shortly before his death.
Survivors include his wife, Carmelita, of Bradbury Heights; seven sons, Grant, of Burlington, Wash., Jimmy, of the District, Joe, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Johnny and Butch, both of Arlington, Jay, of Miami, Fla., and Lee Roy, of Waldorf; five daughters, Jeannette Branam and Joanne Wood, both of Miami, Jean Bell of College Park, Juanita Nichols of Hialeah, Fla., and Jackie DiStrito of St. Petersburg, Fla.; 24 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.