Orlando J. Barbacci, 86, of North Canton, died on June 22, 2013, surrounded by his family, at the Windsor Medical Center in North Canton, Ohio.|
He was born on April 30, 1927, in Plainsville, Pa. to Domenico and Josephina Brozzi Barbacci. He married Mary Patricia Hudanick on June 28, 1952. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Marguerite (Ted Rogers), Josephine Anne and Lisa Marie.
Also surviving Orlando are his twin sister, Louisa Barbacci Yanoshak and sister Clementina Barbacci Cross of Plains, Pa.; brother, John Barbacci of Havelock, North Carolina; sisters-in-law, Mary Barbacci and Alda Barbacci; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Orlando was the twelfth of fourteen children of Italian immigrants. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Armando, Guilio, Fernando, Natale, Eugilio; sisters, Rosa, Orella, Corrina and twins Viola and Clementina.
Orlando was a long time resident of North Canton, Ohio, and parishioner of St. Paul Catholic Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Orlando was the first member of his family to graduate from college. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tri-State College in Angola, Indiana, by benefit of the GI Bill. He later received a Master degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Akron.
He was employed as an electrical engineer at Goodyear Aerospace in Akron, Ohio in the Aircraft Wheel and Brake Division for over 30 years. He was a principal engineer in developing a flight simulator for the A6-A Intruder aircraft and trained Navy pilots at the Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station in Havelock, North Carolina.
Orlando taught engineering as an adjunct instructor at The University of Akron for over 20 years. He served as a Democratic Committeeman for Plain Township in Stark County and was a member of the Inventors Club of Stark County.
Orlando loved farming and grew vegetables and produce for many years. He especially enjoyed growing and selling pumpkins, Indian corn and sunflowers. He was affectionately known to many as "The Pumpkin Man." Orlando loved spending time with his family and keeping his Italian family traditions alive.
He was honored to be called "Grandpa" by Ayat, Hassanayn, Zaynab, Fatymah and Aly Joseph of Toledo, Ohio.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the nursing staff at Windsor Medical Center and Harbor Light Hospice for the care and support provided to Orlando and his family. The family would also like to extend their thanks and gratitude to the many physicians and nurse practitioners at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, for the World Class Cardiac care they provided.
Visitation will be held at the Reed Funeral Home in North Canton on June 25, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Interment will be in a private ceremony at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Salvation Army or the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Those wishing to share a fond memory or their condolences may sign the Reed on-line guestbook at our website www.reedfuneralhome.com.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on June 24, 2013