Mr. Louis DeFanti, born October 4, 1926 in Westerly, Rhode Island died peacefully at his home on Friday. September 21, 2012.
He attended Westerly High School & the University of Rhode Island where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Mu honor societies.
Lou’s engineering career with DuPont began in Seaford, Delaware in 1953, continued in Martinsville, Virginia and ended upon retirement in Camden, SC in 1985, where he held the position of Engineering Supervisor. After retirement, he became a consultant for DuPont and traveled around the world helping companies with safety issues.
Lou wore many hats. He served in the US Infantry in 1944 in the Pacific and again in 1950 in Korea. As a young adult, he was active with the Boy Scouts of America and served as an Eagle Scout Leader. Lou was a devoted member of Lyttleton Street Methodist Church for 46 years where he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and held many other leadership positions.
He was a reliable & consistent volunteer for the many charity causes embraced by Lyttleton Street Methodist Church and was a long time member of the church choir.
When not sharing his talents with his community, he enjoyed spending many hours with his close friends. He looked forward to the annual golf trips with his life long friends, where no trip was complete without his famous clam chowder.
Lou’s devotion to his family was constant and his love for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was evident in everything he did. From the fishing trips, golfing days or time building various things in the workshop, he relished his time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Phyllis C. DeFanti, his children; Pamela D. Robinson of Columbia, SC, Jean D. Rosenberg & husband Dr. Eric Rosenberg of Wilmington, NC and Louis L. DeFanti, Jr. and wife Karen of Camden, SC. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren, Benjamin DeFanti and wife Sarah, Dr. Caroline Moshel and husband Dr. Yaron Moshel and Dr. Michael Rosenberg and wife Brooke. He also leaves behind four great-grandsons. He was predeceased by a sister, Thelma Cassell.
Services will be held Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Lyttleton Street Methodist Church, Camden, SC. Rev. Steve Patterson, Rev. Frank Griffith and Rev. David Weaver will officiate. A reception will be held following the services in the Fellowship Hall.
Donations in Lou’s memory may be to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020 or Food for the Soul, 110 E. DeKalb Street, Camden, SC 29020
The family wishes to thank the many caretakers whose gentle loving care made Lou’s final days peaceful.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the DeFanti family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com