He called his mother and told her he would fly over her house very low. She stood outside, waving a huge white dish towel as her son flew his plane just above her house. "I know how proud my grandmother was," said Christofero's daughter, Carol Christofero-Snider. "I can just see that picture of that house in Seattle . . . and my grandmother waving this white dish towel as proud as she could be."
The longtime Boy Scout executive and Air Force veteran of two wars died Dec. 2 at the Kline Galland Home in Seattle. He was 93.
Born in Seattle to Italian immigrants, he graduated from Ballard High School and attended the Seattle School of Business.
During World War II Christofero served in the Air Force, flying cargo planes supplying the China-Burma-India theater. He flew more than 70 missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, one of the highest recognitions given by the Air Force.
After World War II, he became a Boy Scout executive in Wenatchee, Wash., then rejoined the Air Force in the Korean War.
Afterward, Christofero continued in scouting, and in 1966 was named scout executive for the Chief Seattle Council. In 1974, he became director of camping and outdoor programs for the National Council of Boy Scouts of America. He retired in 1979 after 31 years in scouting.
Christofero was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor, and son, Anthony.