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Norwich - Joseph A. Carano, 83, of Norwich, beloved husband of Julia M. (Saviano) Carano for 53 years, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.

Born in Warwick, he was a son of the late Lucio L. and Domenica (Lancellotta) Carano. Mr. Carano was employed with the State of Connecticut, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, serving as counselor to handicapped; specialist for cooperative school projects; consultant for vehicle and home modifications; and the director of staff development and training until his retirement in 1989. He was a graduate of U.R.I., Class of 1952 and received his Ed.M degree from Boston University in 1961.

He served in The U.S. Army as a combat infantry officer during the Korean war where he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge; Bronze Star Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Korean Service Medal with Bronze Service Star and United Nations Service Medal. He was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant in 1954.

He served as a member of advisory boards to The New England Psychiatric Training Program, Cambridge, Mass. and New England Rehabilitation Continuing Education Center at Assumption College, Worcester, Mass., where he was also a visiting lecturer. He was a professional member of the National Rehabilitation Counseling Assn., where he served as president of the Northeast Region.

During his professional career, Mr. Carano received the following awards for contributions to the field of vocational rehabilitation: Assumption College President's Award for Humanitarian Services and Connecticut Rehabilitation Association's E.P. Chester Award, its most prestigious award for outstanding service to persons with disabilities.

He was the loving father of Gina M. Carano of Uncasville, Carl J. Carano and his wife, Colleen, of Waterford, and the late Cynthia A. Carano. He was the cherished grandfather of Joseph R. Carano; and caring brother of Vincent, Louis and Albert Carano and Mary Gallagher, all of Charlestown, R.I.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in The Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home, 800 Greenwich Ave., Route 5, Warwick, R.I. (Exit 12A on I-95). Relatives and friends are invited to also join the family at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at The R.I. Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 301 South County Trail, Exeter, R.I., for a committal service with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to The Cynthia A. Carano Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Community Foundation of Eastern CT, 147 State St., New London, CT 06320 (Attn: Alison Woods).

Published in The Day on Jan. 18, 2014
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