Lt. General Arthur V. Episcopo
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Age 82, of Wilmington, DE and Rehoboth Beach, DE passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, February 2, 2013 surrounded by his friends and family.
Born in Newark, NJ, Gen. Episcopo was the son of the late Anthony and and Lena (Robertiello) Episcopo. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New York and was also a graduate of Temple University Technical Institute and the Mercer County Community College. He retired from the E. I. DuPont Company, the Chestnut Run Site, in Wilmington.
Gen. Episcopo retired in 1993 from the Delaware Army National Guard at the rank of Major General after 42 years of enlisted and commissioned service. Upon retirement, the Governor awarded him the state's highest award; The Delaware Conspicuous Service Cross (first Gold Star) and promoted him to Lieutenant General.
Gen. Episcopo was a member of the Association of the United States Army, National Guard Association, MOAA, the Reserve Officers Association, and the Air Force Association. His other memberships included the United Way of Delaware where he served as a former Director; Delaware Combined Federal Campaign where he was chairman; St. Anthony's Church and its Finance Committee; the Men of Malvern; Chestnut Run Federal Credit Union where he was a Director and past President; St. Francis Hospital Institutional Review Board; the Knights of Columbus Dover Council 4182; the DuPont Country Club; the DAFB and the DAFB Museum; the Delaware Historical Society; Winterthur and Hagley Museums; AUSA; Delaware Sports Museum and the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society.
Gen. Episcopo received several awards including The United Way of Delaware Directors Chairman Award, the Wilmington Kiwanis Community Service and Leadership Award, the Columbus Day Breakfast Committee's Distinguished Community Service Award, the Police Athletic League Community Service and Leadership Award, and the Columbus Day Monument Committee Outstanding Community Award. Other official commendations were awarded for Outstanding Community Service from Wilmington City Council, New Castle County Council and the Delaware State House of Representatives.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bonita "Bonnie" (Bandiera) Episcopo; his sister, Lorraine Shannon and her husband, Wayne of Wilmington; sisters-in-law, Phyllis H Episcopo of Wilmington, Lorraine Wasik of Dickson, TN, numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Kenneth A. Episcopo in 1982, and his brother, Christopher A. "Christy" Episcopo in 1985.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff at Delaware Hospice, especially Lucy and Rene for their professional and compassionate care.
Friends and family are invited to visitation on Wednesday, February 6th between 3:30 and 7:15 pm at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 9thand DuPont Streets, Wilmington where Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 7:30 pm. Entombment with military honors will be held on Thursday morning at 10 am at Cathedral Cemetery, Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Anthony of Padua Church, 901 N. DuPont Street, Wilmington, DE 19805.
Published in The News Journal from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2013