Orlando J. ""Londo"" Barbacci, 86, of North Canton, Ohio, died on June 22, 2013, surrounded by his family.
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He was born on April 30, 1927, in Plainsville, the 12th of 14 children of the late Domenico and Josephina (Brozzi) Barbacci.
Orlando was a longtime resident of North Canton and 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, Ind., by benefit of the GI Bill. He later received a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio.
He was employed as an electrical engineer in the Aircraft Wheel and Brake Division at Goodyear Aerospace in Akron for more than 30 years. He was a principal engineer in developing a flight simulator for the A6-A Intruder aircraft and trained U.S. Navy pilots at the Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station in Havelock, N.C.
Orlando taught engineering technology at the University of Akron for more than 20 years. He served as a democratic committeeman in Stark County, Ohio, and was a member of the Stark County Inventors Club.
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.
He and his wife, the former Mary Patricia Hudanick, would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on June 28, 2013.
The family extends their gratitude to the nurses and staff of the Windsor Medical Center, North Canton, and Harbor Light Hospice for the care provided to Orlando. The family also extends their thanks and gratitude to the many physicians and nurse practitioners at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, for the ""World Class Cardiac Care"" provided.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Armando ""Herman,"" Guilio ""Julio"" Fernando, ""James,"" Natale ""Barb"" and Eugilio ""Gene"" Barbacci; sisters, Rosa Ragugini, Viola Donini, Orella Caparoni and Irene Bechetti; and infant sister, Clemantina Barbacci.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, Patricia, are his daughters, Marguerite (Ted Rogers), Manns Choice, Pa., Josephine Anne, North Canton, and Lisa Marie, Medina, Ohiol; his twin sister, Louise Yanoshak and sister, Clementine (Tillie) Cross, both of Plains Township; and brother, John Barbacci, Havelock; sisters-in-law, Mary Barbacci and Alda Barbacci; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Londo will be held at 9:30 a.m. today in St. Frances X. Cabrini Church, Carverton section of Wyoming. Family and friends are invited to go directly to church. Private interment will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Salvation Army, 520 Kidder St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702; or the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrangements are provided by the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township. Online condolences may be made at www.corcoranfuneralhome.com.
Published in Times Leader from June 27 to June 29, 2013