Orlando J. (Londo) Barbacci, 86, of North Canton, Ohio, died Saturday, June 22, 2013, surrounded by his family.
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He was born April 30, 1927, in Plainsville, the 12th of 14 children of the late Domenico and Josephina Brozzi Barbacci.
Orlando was a longtime resident of North Canton, Ohio, and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Orlando was the first member of his family to graduate from college. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Tri-State College, Angola, Ind., by benefit of the GI Bill. He later received a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio.
He was employed as an electrical engineer by Goodyear Aerospace, Akron, Ohio, in the Aircraft Wheel and Brake Division for more than 30 years. He was a principal engineer in developing a flight simulator for the A-6A Intruder aircraft and trained Navy pilots at the Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, Havelock, N.C.
Orlando taught engineering technology at the University of Akron for more than 20 years. He served as a Democratic committeeman in Stark County, Ohio, and was a member of the Stark County Inventors Club.
Orlando loved farming and grew vegetables and produce for many years. He especially enjoyed growing and selling pumpkins, Indian corn and sunflowers. He was affectionately known to many as "The Pumpkin Man." Orlando loved spending time with his family and keeping his Italian family traditions alive.
He was honored to be called "Grandpa" by Ayat, Hassanayn, Zaynab, Fatymah and Aly Joseph of Toledo, Ohio.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the nurses and staff of the Windsor Medical Center, North Canton, Ohio, and Harbor Light Hospice for the care provided to Orlando. The family would also like to extend their thanks and gratitude to the many physicians and nurse practitioners at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, for the "World Class Cardiac Care" provided.
He and his wife, the former Mary Patricia Hudanick, would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on June 28, 2013.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Armando (Herman), Guilio (Julio), Fernando (James), Natale (Barb) and Eugilio (Gene) Barbacci; sisters, Rosa Ragugini, Viola Donini, Orella Caparoni and Irene Bechetti, and infant sister Clemantina Barbacci.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, Patricia, are his daughters, Marguerite (Ted Rogers), Manns Choice; Josephine Anne, North Canton, Ohio; and Lisa Marie, Medina, Ohio; his twin sister, Louise Yanoshak, and sister, Clementine (Tillie) Cross, both of Plains Township; brother, John Barbacci, Havelock, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Mary Barbacci and Alda Barbacci; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Londo will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Frances X. Cabrini Church, Carverton section of Wyoming. Family and friends are invited to go directly to the church Saturday morning. Private interment will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to The Salvation Army, 520 Kidder St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, or the Cleveland Clinic Foundation by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrangements are by Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township.
Online condolences may be made at www.corcoranfuneralhome.com.
Corcoran Funeral Home
20 S Main St Plains, PA 18705
Published in Citizens' Voice on June 29, 2013