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Joseph M. Martorelli Obituary
MARTORELLI, JOSEPH M. Joseph Marziano Martorelli, 50, of Guilford, formerly of Morris Cove, New Haven was called to the lord's home after a brief illness on February 19, 2011 at the Hospital of St. Raphael. He leaves his loving wife Lenore Teodosio Martorelli, his parents Joseph and Immaculata "Mac" Camera Martorelli of New Haven, two beautiful daughters Catherine Martorelli of New Haven and Christina Martorelli of Guilford, two loving sisters Rose (John) Guilfoil and Maria (Rick) Fisk both of New Haven. He is also survived by his God Parents, Vincent and Madelyn Camera of East Haven, several nieces and nephews, hundreds of friends and thousands of clients and business associates. Predeceased by his maternal grandparents Alphonse and Mary Camera and his paternal grandparents Marziano and Rosina Martorelli. Joe attended St. Bernadette School for 8 years, graduating in 1974. He was a member of the class of 1978 from Eli Whitney High School and received the New Haven Scholarship Award for being an outstanding student. From there Joe graduated with a BS in Science in Financial Accounting from the University of New Haven, Class of 82'. Years later he would become an adjunct professor for the University's MBA program. His professional career would begin with two local CPA firms where he worked during his apprenticeship, until 1986 when he passed the CPA exam and received his license to practice. From 1984 through 1992 Joe took his first position as a CPA with Saab-Scania of America. During that time, he was responsible for accounting, taxation, internal auditing, purchasing, real estate, travel and logistics. His final role at Saab was as Director of Finance and Administration for the entire US operation. In 1992 Joe, with longtime associate, David Orange, organized the CPA firm of Orange and Martorelli. Since its' inception, the practice has grown to employ five associates. The firm provides tax, accounting, auditing and business management consulting services to large multi-national corporations, small and medium size businesses and individuals. Joe had also provided expert reports and testimony in connection with various litigation support engagements, including the US Bankruptcy Court in Washington, D.C. Joe had lectured as an expert on a variety of tax and accounting topics for numerous organizations, including' SCORE (Society of Corporate Retired Executives), The New Haven Chamber of Commerce, The Community of Economic Development Fund, The Elmseed Enterprise Fund (a Yale University not for profit organization), and both the Milford and Orange Chamber of Commerce's. In addition to Joe's extremely successful professional career, even more important to him was his charity work. He gave back to the community in many ways and in numerous capacities; as a coach for little league; as a lecturer, teacher, trusted officer, fund raiser and consultant. He was a volunteer CFO for the CUREChief Foundation, Inc. an organization dedicated to bringing warmth, comfort and hope to cancer patients, survivors and their families. He also worked tirelessly to raise funds for the Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Societies, a disease which he courageously fought for more than 20 years. He was a lifelong member of the St. Andrew Apostle Society in New Haven and as one of their Director's, carried the statute of St. Andrew during their annual celebration each June. His Grandfather Alphonse Camera was one of the founding fathers of the organization. Joe was also recently made a member of the Knights of Columbus. In 2009 the Board of Directors of the Milford Columbus Committee unanimously voted and honored Joe, then Treasurer of the Organization, with the prestigious 2009 Special Achievement Award in recognition for much of Joe's aforementioned volunteer and charitable work. As part of this, Joe received an Apostolic Blessing from the Vatican and Pope Benedict SVI directly from Rome. The Love he had was unconditional. He wore his heart on his sleeve. He was the result man, solving every problem for everyone. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Bernadette Church Friday morning at 10 o'clock. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday at the EAST HAVEN MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 425 Main St., from 3:30 to 7:30. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Joe's memory to the CUREChief Foundation. the Leukemia and Lymphoma Sociaty or the Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C).

Published in New Haven Register on Feb. 24, 2011
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