DI FABRIZIO – Donato (Don)

Born on November 15, 1933. Passed away January 20, 2022.

Passed away peacefully at the Alfred Hospital on the 20th of January 2022 aged 88.

Loved and loving husband of Maureen.

Much loved father and father in law of Steven and Kathryn, Anthony and Caterina, Mark and Maxine.

Loved and adored Nonno of 17 grandchildren and their partners, and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral Notice
  1. With Sympathy to Maureen and Fam,ily.
    I will always remember Don not just for his achievements but his love of family and his passion for the community he lived in.
    A lovely man.

    Glenys Webster January 22, 2022
  2. To Maureen and family, we express our deepest sorrow for the loss of your loved one, Don. Our thoughts are with you all.
    From Alvano & Maria Marino.

    Alvano Marino January 22, 2022
  3. President, Committee and Members of The Maltese Community Centre are saddened by the passing away of Don. Great friend of the Maltese Community.
    Don was a great man with a big heart and never refused to help when asked.
    Mario Sammut OAM
    President MCCLV.
    Condolences to Maureen and family.

    Mario Sammut January 22, 2022
  4. To Maureen and Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you with the sad passing of Don A good friend over such a long period of time and we have some very fond memories.

    Ray and Jackie Scheffer January 22, 2022
  5. Condolences to Maureen and family, from Maria Viggiano and family

    Rosie Di Ciero January 22, 2022
  6. To Maureen and families, sorry to hear of Don.s passing. A great neighbour who will be missed dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. George & Margaret Cain.

    George & Margaret Cain. January 22, 2022
  7. To Maureen and family with sincere sympathy, we salute an extraordinary person,Giving of himself to the very end,Don has given us all such memories to cherish and to keep.GO FALCONS

    Peter &Maryanne Viggiano January 22, 2022
  8. Don , you gave so much to Gippsland Soccer and Morwell Falcons , We will always remember the great times you and Falcons provided us . RIP Dave Harris

    David Harris January 22, 2022
  9. To Maureen, Steven and the Di Fabrizio Family.
    Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Don. A true gentlemen with a big heart who touched many lives.

    Bob and Marlene Bayliss

    Marlene and Bob Bayliss January 22, 2022
  10. Condolences to the entire Difabrizio family on the loss of Don. A man with a huge heart, always willing to give to the community and generous to all those in need. Fond memories of the many years working for Don and forever grateful to the opportunty he gave me and so many others. A true legend. RIP.

    Alex Terranova January 22, 2022
  11. To Maureen and family our deepest condolences to a great man sadly missed by all
    John and Christa Capaldo

    John Capaldo January 23, 2022
  12. To Maureen , Steven, Anthony, Mark and families, Our thoughts are with you at the passing of your dear husband and farther. Don was such an amazing and loving person and hope you are able to gain some comfort from the beautiful memories you have of his life.
    Don, you were one of life’s true gentlemen.
    Sincere condolences

    Orlanda and Warren

    Orlanda Bianconi January 23, 2022
  13. Sincere condolences to Maureen and family from the Churchill Football Netball Club.

    Michael Johnson January 23, 2022
  14. To Maureen and family my sincere condolences. ❤

    Angelo Cesarello

    Angelo Cesarello January 23, 2022
  15. To Maureen, Steven, Anthony, Mark and to all your families and close friends,

    So sad to hear the heartbreaking news. I can’t begin to imagine how difficult this must be for you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very emotional time.

    Don was always an inspiration to me and I’m so grateful to have known him. I always love following the family history of Di Fabrizio Steel and with all their achievements. What an incredible journey.

    Such an amazing life story for the Latrobe Valley.

    On behalf of the Lovison family our deepest and sincere condolences.

    Ray Lovison & family January 23, 2022
  16. To Maureen and your whole family,
    So sad to hear of Don’s Passing.
    Please accept my sincere condolences at this difficult time.
    I will always remember Don, I recall the years when I would speak to him, numerous times every day, 5 days a week, to help organise his steel requirements.
    Projects like Newport Power Station, Yallourn W, Loy Yang, Jeeralang, MCG Grand Stand and numerous other projects.
    Don and his brothers John and Joseph were real “Quiet Achievers” who we owe an enormous gratitude.
    My Thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Peter Farrugia

    PETER FARRUGIA January 23, 2022
  17. Great man RIP Don
    Sad to hear of your passing had the pleasure to meet you at Morwell falcons soccer club many years ago .to Maureen and family thoughts prayers are with you all
    Mrs Rita Ashworth on behalf my late husband Wally Ashworth Rest now Don ,❤️❤️

    Margarita Ashworth January 23, 2022
  18. Maureen and family ,
    Sorry to hear of the passing of don .
    I have fond memories of going to his house in my younger years , he sure was a great man

    Kathy Wilson January 24, 2022
  19. Sincere Condolences to Maureen and the family on hearing of the passing of Don.
    The memories of Don, Di Fabro Steel and The Falcons are ever lasting.
    Thank you for guiding me in my younger days.
    A true gentleman and legend!
    Our thoughts are with you all.

    Ron and Anna Vento January 24, 2022
  20. Sincere condolences to Maureen and family. Working and knowing Don was my pleasure. A true gentleman who truely loved is Italian Heritage. Will never be forgotten.
    Tony and Rosanna
    Della Fortuna.

    Tony Della Fortuna January 24, 2022
  21. Condolences to Maureen and family.
    Don was a wonderful person who gave so much to the community he loved.
    He will be sadly missed.
    Jenny and Alan McFarlane

    Alan McFarlane January 24, 2022
  22. To Maureen and family, sincere sympathy on the passing of Don..
    A kind, generous person and a great personal friend.

    Charlie and Maggie Del Busso

    Charlie Del Busso January 24, 2022
  23. Dear Maureen, My sincere sympathies to you, the boys and families. Don was such a beautiful man, and it was an honour to call him cousin. Love and prayers, Christine

    Christine Hayes January 24, 2022
  24. To Maureen and family , My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time . Don was a generious and warm person who did an enormous amount for his community and his deloved soccor club. My dad (Luigi ) has always spoke very highly of Don .Will be sadly missed . R.I.P

    Frank Sola January 25, 2022
  25. What a wonderful man my family have so many memories! Lots of respect ! Sincere condolences Lisa zanin

    Lisa zanin January 25, 2022
  26. Sincere condolences to the DiFabrizio family. Our thoughts are with you at this time.It was a privilege to have known Don.

    Peter and Sandra Balfour January 25, 2022
  27. Dear Maureen and Family. Deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved husband and Father. Thinking of you all.

    Rachel Kemp January 25, 2022
  28. My Condolences to Maureen and Family from John Dimtsis ex President FFV.

    John Dimtsts January 25, 2022
  29. Dear Maureen and family, sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved husband, father and nonno. It was an absolute honour working for him at DiFab, always a true gentleman, always giving to the community in so many ways. A true gentleman never forgotten.
    Nick and Filomena Padula

    Filomena Padula January 25, 2022
  30. Dear Maureen, Steven, Anthony, Mark and Family

    Such a sad day when we heard of Don’s passing. Our love and thoughts are with you all.

    Don has always been like an uncle to me as I grew up through those wonderful Difab years. Don and his family are part of our ‘Australian’ family – Uncle Don and Auntie Maureen to me. Don and my father, Alcide, achieved special things together at Difabs, whilst Maureen and my mother, Barbara, were the closest of friends, sharing many long afternoon teas together.

    Don’s generous, active and kind soul have left a real lasting legacy on so many people and the community. His family should be so proud of him.

    The recent long lunch Judy and I had with Don and Maureen is a special memory that we hold dearly.

    Vale Don

    Giovanni Barbieri & Judy Garner

    Giovanni Barbieri January 26, 2022
  31. Few people know the enormous contribution that Dons family made to the building of the Churchill Scout hall.
    The hall would not have been built but for the Don’s Family who supplied all the steel work.

    To Maureen and family my deepest sympathies on the loss of a great man.
    Reginald Kemp former Group Leader of 1st Churchill Scouts.

    Reginald Kemp MSJ January 26, 2022
  32. Our deepest sympathy to Maureen and family.
    We have such warm memories of Don and shall remember him fondly.

    Alan and Anne Chapman

    Alan Chapman January 26, 2022
  33. Our deepest sympathy to Maureen, Steven, Mark and Anthony and families. Our prayers are with you during this difficult sad time at the passing of Don.
    Please accept our sincere condolences. Our thoughts are with you all. Our community has lost a great man/friend
    Ray & Dianne Massaro

    ray massaro January 27, 2022
  34. To Maureen and Don’s beautiful family, our sincere condolences. We are so honoured to know Don through the Falcon Years. He was a friend, an icon and a true gentleman. A great man who achieved so much in our community. Our thoughts and Love are with you all. Love Vince and Dora Marino

    Vince and Dora Marino January 27, 2022
  35. To the DiFabrizio family and in particular my dear friends Anthony & Caterina, I wish to express my sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved Don, my heart breaks for you both. I only met Don a couple of times but enough to know that Heaven has gained one of life’s true gentlemen. Rest easy Don, your legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of Gippslanders for generations. A true community leader and inspiration.

    Robyn Stanton-Long & family January 27, 2022
  36. He came, he saw, he made a difference. Don will leave a lasting legacy in the Latrobe Valley that will be remembered by generations to come. Thank you for caring for, and working for, your community. Deep respect to you Don and sincere condolences to your loved ones

    Jenny and Luke (van der Meulen) January 27, 2022
  37. Sincere condolences to Maureen and family. It was an honour to have known Don. RIP.

    Kevin Flanagan January 27, 2022
  38. Don was an incredible individual who made this wonderful country so much better.
    A caring, loving, truly fair man who never looked down on anyone.
    It was an honour to have known him.
    On behalf of the Bomba families, our sincere condolences to Maureen and family.

    Nick and Rina Bomba

    Nick Bomba January 29, 2022
  39. To Maureen and family,
    Sincere condolences to you and your family on the sad passing of Don. Don was an inspirational leader who was known for “getting things done”! Don has had an everlasting community impact within the Latrobe Valley, and the broader Gippsland region. With our deepest sympathy from Darrell and Diane White and family.

    Darrell White February 2, 2022
  40. Even today, it is difficult to comprehend what an incredible achievement it was to have the Morwell Falcons admitted to what was then the National Soccer League. Don was instrumental in this and his only motivation was for the enjoyment of the community, which he served in so many ways. I was a young journalist in the early 90s and later was a lecturer in sport marketing at University. I learn’t so much from Don about the relationship between sport and business. Vale Don and sincere condolences to the Di Fabrizio family for your loss.

    David Lowden February 2, 2022