Diego R. Effio, Age 35, of Port Washington, Wisconsin, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 26, 2023 at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI.

He was born July 14, 1987 in Peru to Amelia Cardenas and Sergio Effio.  In 2001 he came to Wisconsin with his mother and sister.  He graduated from Homestead High School in Mequon, WI.    He worked at Egelhoff Lawn Mower Service in Thiensville, WI helping around the shop and store.

Diego was a sweet young man who loved his mother and family very much.  He was organized, polite and helpful.  He participated in the Special Olympics since 2005 in basketball, track and field, baseball, and volleyball, where he traveled and made many friends.  He liked to exercise and would run on the many trails around Port Washington.  

He is survived by his mother Amelia McCann, his father Sergio Effio, a sister Andrea Effio and niece Alanis Dejesus.  He is further survived by other relatives and many friends.  His step-father Stephen McCann preceded him in death.

Funeral Services will be held 6:30PM Wednesday, July 5th, 2023 at Poole Funeral Home, 203 N. Wisconsin St., Port Washington, WI.  The Reverend Patrick Wendt will officiate.  Visitation from 4:30-6:30PM at the funeral home prior to the service.

Memorials to Special Olympics appreciated.



  1. Diego was a sweet sweet boy. I knew him through circle of friends and special Olympic dances and special events. I would always see him at St Joes and his favorite thing at church was to not only spread love and compassion, but standing right in front by every family at a baptism. His smile made my day. The way he stims is so unique that you don’t even realize he’s doing it. Overall, Diego was like a brother to me and I know for a fact he will forever be missed by his teammates and coaches. Rest in peace my sweet Diego ❤️

  2. Diego will surely be missed in my Friday art classes at Portal. Always the first one there, smiling, and telling me about what activity he would be doing that weekend. Will miss him rocking out to the music while he worked on his art.

  3. Diego has touched my life for many years. He was always so happy and brought joy and enthusiasm everywhere I saw him, whether at Portal Rec events, at Mass at St Joe’s or in the community. His love of God, his family, Portal, his job, Special Olympics, the USA, every person he encountered, and everything about life, shown bright every day of his life. May all of us who knew him, carry his light forward into the world like he did!

  4. I knew Diego a little bit he and I were
    oppenets during basketball season he always had a big smile on his face whenever he won or lost a game.
    Love u Diego thank you for making me a better opponent and a better player
    See you later

  5. I knew Diego from working at portal when I was 19 and I remember that he always had a smile. I’m glad I got to chance to see him again during Rec events and it’s sweet that he remembers me especially when he gives me a hug and ask me how am I. I will deeply miss him and I’ll always remember his smile.

  6. Diego was such a special friend to me. He would send me Happy Father’s day greetings on Facebook all year.
    I always loved seeing him on my bus and watching his joy while competing in sports.
    I will miss him greatly.

  7. Diego leaves a massive emptiness at Portal Inc. His large presence and personality will be truly missed. Memories of him will be with me always.

    Prayers to his family and all who knew and called him friend.

    With deepest sympathies,
    “Little” Laurie

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