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Michael DiStefano

July 20, 1952 — January 27, 2023

Manchester, NH`

   Michael DiStefano, 70, of Manchester, died on Jan. 27 just the way he had hoped he would: peacefully in his sleep, in his own home, without anyone fussing over him.

   Mike was born in Boston, Mass., on July 20, 1952, to Michael DiStefano and Anna aka Nancy (O’Brien). He spent his early childhood living in Boston with his mother and stepfather Joseph Capuchino. Mike developed a love of fishing from his grandfather, Joseph Capuchino, whom he joined on the waters of Boston Harbor near Castle Island, the Naval Shipyard in Charlestown and the Hull Gut. He moved to Manchester at the age of 8 and lived there for the remainder of his life.

   Mike attended Sacred Heart School on Manchester’s West Side for a short time. Turns out that for a young man with a quick and witty tongue, he wasn’t quite quick enough to pick up the French language! Mike then attended St. Joseph’s and Bishop Bradley High School before graduating from West High School in 1970.

   Mike was a talented artist, performer and storyteller. Drawing, painting, writing, composing, singing and playing musical instruments all brought him immense joy, and he shared that joy with his family and friends throughout his life. He was a funny albeit sometimes dark writer, and he shared his musings on life and its challenges on Facebook, including his regular installments of The Cabbie Diaries which he derived from his days with the limo service. He had a special love for music, and performed throughout the years with several bands, most notably with the Allen James Band.

   Mike had worked in Manchester at Dig Safe and Amoskeag Car Service. Most recently following his retirement, he worked at the Bridge Street Café where he had many friends and co-workers. He was grateful for the kindness and support he received from Dave and the team at BSC. He also built many true friendships on social media and he was overwhelmed by the well wishes he continued to receive from them.

   True to the nature of the household Mike grew up in, he also had a large extended family of high school friends and he treasured the opportunities to get together with them. The last year had been a tough journey, but the deep friendships he had with Jimmy Allen, Paul Coulon and Bobbi Marceau, his garage band buddies from his youth and whom he considered his brothers, kept Mike motivated and feeling better than he had in many years.

   Mike was predeceased by his parents and step father; sister, Joni Capuchino and niece Lauren McLaughlin.  He is already missed incredibly by his sisters, Debra A. DiStefano and Linda M. Capuchino and her husband, Kevin Demers, Kelley Capuchino and her husband, Edward Roberge, of Bow; his lifelong friends Jim Allen of Milford and Paul Coulon of Hooksett; nieces and nephews Greg Boss (Nilsa), Gary Boss (Peter), Kate Davidson Choma (Russ), Joseph Davidson (Kendal), Liam Roberge (Emily), Briana Bezreh (Matt), Meghan Clarke (Austin), Brigitte and Brandon Boss, Leo and Rosie Choma, Kennedy, Grace and Quinn Davidson, Brooklyn Roberge, and James Bezreh. 

   SERVICES:  Visiting hours are Thursday February 9 from 4 to7 p.m. at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., Manchester.

   In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Mike’s memory to the Go Fund Me Campaign “Support for Team Brooklyn” Support for Team Brooklyn ( established on behalf of his infant niece who is fighting an awful heart disease called Pulmonary Vein Stenosis. 


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Thursday, February 9, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03104

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