Louis Centorani

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Centorani, Louis R.

Friendsville, PA: Louis R. Centorani, 88, of Friendsville, PA, formerly of Binghamton, died following a brief illness Sunday, February 26, 2012, at Wilson Hospital with family by his side. He was born June 15, 1923 in Wappingers Falls, NY to the late, Phillip and Carmela Centorani. He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Isabella, and his sisters, Mary and Anna. Louis is survived by two brothers, Tony Centorani, Wappingers Falls, NY, John Centorani, Orlando, FL; one daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Greg Rockefeller, Friendsville, PA; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Robert and Robbie Centorani, Windsor, Michael and Robin Centorani, Raleigh, NC, Phillip Centorani, Binghamton; four grandsons, Colby Rockefeller, John Centorani, Stephen Centorani and Ryan Centorani; and three granddaughters, Kristy and Andrea Rockefeller, and Kara Centorani. Louis graduated from St. Mary's in Wappingers Falls. After graduation, he served in the Marines during World War II from 1942-45. He earned the Purple Heart after being shot in the right shoulder at Iwo Jima. Mr. Centorani graduated from Syracuse University in 1951 with a degree in English. He then worked as a reporter for the Poughkeepsie New Yorker, where he met his wife, an education reporter at the newspaper. Louis also worked as a reporter and editor for the Newburgh-Beacon News. In 1959, he served as public relations director as New York state celebrated its "Year of History." The following year, he became the PR director at Harpur College, now known as Binghamton University. In the mid-1960s, he served as the campaign manager for state senator Warren Anderson. He also served as vice president for Hyde Printing and then became the company's president in 1966. He retired to Tucson, AZ, in 1994 before health problems forced him back to the area in 2005. Louis followed Syracuse University football and basketball closely, and also rooted passionately for the New York Giants. He enjoyed playing golf -- he had two holes-in-one -- as well as pool and poker. He'll be missed by family and friends. A Graveside memorial service will be held at Spring Forest Cemetery in Binghamton at 2 p.m. Friday. The family will receive friends at J.F. Rice Funeral Home, 150 Main St., Johnson City, from 5-8 p.m. Thursday.

Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Feb. 29 to Mar. 2, 2012
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