Bernard “Bernie” Galiffa

October 28, 1950 - March 27, 2014
Bernard “Bernie” Galiffa

Bernard “Bernie” Galiffa, age 63, died on Thursday, March 27, 2014. 

He was born on October 28, 1950 in Charleroi, PA to the late Michael and Olga Galiffa.  Donora, Pennsylvania was a small town where he grew up and began his football days. Upon high school graduation, he attended West Virginia University, where he was the starting quarterback from 1968-1972. Bernie was a long time resident of Wheeling, West Virginia, where he began a life career in auto sales. Following retirement, he and his family moved to the Wilmington, North Carolina area.

Bernie is survived by his loving wife, Rosie Estep Galiffa; daughters, Benee’ Maranacci, Dior Galiffa, and Julia Galiffa; brothers, Art Galiffa and wife Sharon and Ronald Galiffa and wife Kathy; three granddaughters; four nieces and several cousins.

A memorial mass will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 209 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach, NC.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • August 06, 2014
    George Bamberger Jr says:
    Bernie worked with my DaD at Straub's. Always enjoyed seeing him, always friendly. Had big heart.

  • March 28, 2014
    Randy Flinchum says:
    Bernie Galiffa was a great guy. He always had a smile for you and a positive word. I wish we had stayed in touch better over the years since we played ball together. His family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • March 29, 2014
    Ed Repka says:
    RIP my long time friend. So many good times remembered since childhood. You are missed.

  • March 31, 2014
    Joe says:
    Great Athlete--Great Guy

  • March 31, 2014
    Bryan Fato says:
    My sincerest condolences to the Galiffa family - Bernie was a great person who always had a smile on his face. He was a great person and a great salesman!