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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Carlo D'Orazio, who died suddenly at the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital on Sunday, November 18, 2012. A stern but forgiving father, he leaves behinde in mourning three children (Tony, Franco and Nadia), four grandchildren and one daughter- in-law to whom he was very generous in a variety of ways. He is also survived by six siblings: Three (Camillo, Elma and Maria) in Italy and three more (Emilio, Antoinette and Agostino) in Montreal. He was born on July 5, 1939 in Montenerodomo, Italy, and was the fifth of eight children. He left home at 17 to seek employment in Europe to support his family, stopping briefly in Switzerland before arriving in Montreal in the late 1950s where he worked as a construction worker. He retired at age of 53 after working on several major projects, including the Ville Marie Expressway and the Olympic Stadium, and provided much colorful insight into Montreal's present decaying infrastructure. He also worked weekends building home extensions for other Italian families. A widower at 45, Carlo also cared for his family, often cooking traditional Abruzzese fare with great success. His other passions were gardening, making tomato sauces and cheeses and producing almost- palatable wines. Although not a sports enthusiast, he also rooted for Inter Milan. Visitation will be held at the Magnus Poirer funeral home at 10300 Pie IX on Tuesday, November 20 and Wednesday, November 21 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm and 7:00 to 10:00 pm, and Thursday, November 22 from 9:00 am. The Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Pompei Church, 2875 Sauvé East at 11:00 am. Final resting place will be at Le Repos St- François D'Assise, 6893 Rue Sherbrooke Est.
Published in The Gazette from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, 2012