David Vincent DiOrio (“Dave” or “Papa D”) was born June 11, 1956, to Sam and Pia DiOrio in Dyker Heights, New York. Dave passed suddenly on October 8, 2022, surrounded by the love of his family.
Dave is survived by his wife Cathy DiOrio, his children Alexandra DiOrio (Matthew Polonchak), Andrew DiOrio (Rachel Cortes), and Nicholas DiOrio (Julie Koft). Dave is also survived by his siblings Claudia and Pete Scarpati, Debbie and John Nuzzo, and Mark and Stacey DiOrio and their children. Additionally, Dave is survived by his brother in laws and sister in laws, Patty and Anthony Santostefano, Adele and Bobby Verde, as well as his many nieces and nephews who referred to him as the “fun uncle.”
Dave grew up in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, attending St. Bernadette’s for grammar school, he then attended Bishop Ford High School. Dave went on to attend college at St. Francis where he received his Bachelor’s degree.
Beginning from when Dave was a young boy his favorite game was called “Be A Manager.” That was the start of his love of baseball, more specifically his love of the New York Yankees. He was a loyal New York sports fan of the Giants and Knicks, even through their many years of disappointing seasons.
After college, Dave began working in finance and eventually met the love of his life, Cathy, in the Hamptons. Dave and Cathy married November 18, 1984. They soon grew their family with their three beautiful children. To Dave, family was always the most important thing. He loved hosting family in his home, along with the family he found in friends.
Anyone who knew Dave, knew how much he loved to talk and didn’t always need an audience. When Dave fulfilled his dream of opening his own business with Debbie and John, It’s A Grind Coffee House, Dave always made sure that every customer who came in felt like they were part of the family. Dave never met a stranger.
Throughout Dave’s life, he valued the relationships he created with those around him and the difference he could make in other’s lives. As Dave started a new career with Weichert, that sentiment remained true. Team Weichert became another family he could love. Dave truly valued helping others in achieving their dream of owning a home and building a life. If ever the opportunity arose, Dave would do all he could to make the lives of people better.
Dave lived his life always with a smile on his face. His wit and dry sense of humor always kept those around him on their toes. Dave never missed a moment for a laugh and a corny dad joke, most importantly keeping a smile on the faces of his wife and his children.
Dave will truly be missed, but the mark he left on those around him will never be forgotten, he will always be with us in our hearts.
A memorial gathering will be held from 4pm to 7pm Friday, October 14, 2022 with a service at 6:30pm at the Barlow & Zimmer Funeral Home, 202 Stockton Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Save the Children in memory of Dave. Dave dreamed of setting up a foundation to eradicate child hunger as he believed so strongly that no child should ever go hungry. We know that he would love this cause and hope that in his memory he can continue to make a difference in the world.