LAKE WORTH, FLA. - Carlo (Carl) Porto, 87, of Lake Worth, Fla., father of Daily Press Vice President of Content Marisa Porto, died on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at John F. Kennedy Medical Center after a short illness. Born on Oct. 14, 1926, in New Haven, Conn., he was the son of Angelina (Tomaso) and Pasquale Porto. He served in the U.S. Army before opening his own landscaping business, which he operated with his father until his father's death. He met and married Henrietta (Moruzzi) Porto, and the couple, who had two children, moved to Florida in 1974, where they continued the landscaping business together. Every summer when their daughters were old enough, the couple would take them to work with them in the big, blue truck with the hand-painted "Porto Landscaping" sign on it. Every Christmas, his wife and daughters would spend weeks making trays of homemade cookies that he would deliver to every one of his customers as a way of saying thank-you for their business. Carl was a founding member of the Connecticut Groundskeepers Association, a past member of the Elks Club Lodge No. 1352 in West Palm Beach and a fourth-degree knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 2075 in West Palm Beach. He also served as a longtime usher at Holy Name Catholic Church in West Palm Beach and volunteered at the annual spring festival. He will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother Anthony, his younger sisters Enea Guarino and Julia Russo and his wife of almost 50 years. He is survived by his older daughter, Celeste Porto Colburn, and her husband, Alan, of Lake Worth, and his younger daughter, Marisa Porto, of Hampton, Va. He is also survived by nieces and nephews in Maryland, Virginia and Connecticut. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at Dorsey-E. Earl Smith Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 3041 Kirk Road, Lake Worth, FL 33461 (dorsey-smithmemorygardens.com). A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 21, at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 345 S. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415 (561-683-3555). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Carl's memory to The Alzheimer's Foundation of America at alzfdn.org.
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Published in Daily Press on Feb. 19, 2014