David Orefice, 33, of Hoboken passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at Hoboken University Medical Center. As a young man David served the lord as an altar boy at St. Ann’s Church with Father Francis. He became a parishioner at St. Francis Church and built a strong relationship with Monsignor Paul Bochicchio in which he was extremely grateful for and David truly loved him. David then caught the acting bug when he attended Demarest Middle School and acted in numerous school plays. He decided to pursue it more seriously and landed small parts in two movies. “Rules for Men” and “Mail Order Bride”. Then two Short Films “Soul Exchange” and “This is Why”. He also had a great part in an off Broadway Play “Hobo Christmas” he also performed in “Oliver Twist” with a local Theatre Company. He had a never-ending love for music and could tell you anything you wanted to know about any musician, especially Bruce Springsteen.
David was such a people person, with a big personality, contagious smile, and the talent to make people smile and laugh led him to the hospitality industry as a server and bartender. He also worked for the City of Hoboken. David loved spending time with his family and he had a very large extended family, and no matter which family member he was with at the time he made them feel loved and special at all times.
David was an old soul even from a very young age he could strike up a meaningful conversation with anybody whether they were 2 yrs old or eighty yrs old. David cared about everyone he was willing to help in any way he could. Always offering either a hug, a joke, or a song to share. David also volunteered at times at the Hoboken Shelter. EVERYONE knew David and loved him. He was called by many “The Unofficial Mayor of Hoboken” He has touched so many lives and will truly be missed. They say those we love don’t go away; they walk beside us every day.
David is survived by his mom Rosemarie Musella (nee Cogelia), sister Gabrielle, and sock stealing dog Madison, long time partner Georgina Ramirez., and Godson Georgie Ramirez, his close Uncles and Aunts, Neil and Kim Orefice, Renee Cogelia and John and Mary Cogelia, Joseph DellaFave, Laurie Fabiano, Justine Marianucci, Pam Poulakos other Aunts, Uncles and cousins from the Orefice family, Cogelia family, Musella family, Della Fave family, Settembre family and LaBruno family. He was predeceased Birth Mom Flora Orefice (nee Cogelia) and Father David Orefice Paternal Grandparents -Agnes Orefice (nee LaBruno) and Isadore Orefice Maternal Grandparents- Peter Cogelia and Grace Cogelia (nee Settembre) and George Cogelia and Marie Cogelia.
The Funeral Mass will be offered on Saturday, December 12, 2020, 10AM at St. Francis RC Church, Hoboken. Relatives and friends are respectfully asked to gather directly at the church no later than 9:45AM. We ask your consideration during the present COVID-19 health crisis. Please follow all necessary restrictions. The mass will live-stream on youtube.com. Then click St. Francis.