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Ciro J. (Gary) Garofano


1920 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Ciro J. (Gary) Garofano Obituary

A devoted husband and loving father, Ciro J. Garofano, Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret.), of Alamogordo, New Mexico passed away peacefully at the Mescalero Care Center on Monday, December 21, 2015. Ciro was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on May 9, 1920 to John and Ethel Garofano.

Ciro spent a third of his life in the military; his career beginning in 1940 with the Connecticut National Guard. After the outbreak of World War II, Ciro was called to active duty in the Army Air Corps, where he saw action in New Guinea and the Philippines. He was assigned duties in the Infantry as a Sergeant with the Military Police, his patrols providing security coverage of P-38 and P-40 fighters of the old 424th Bomb Group.
Most notably, Ciro was on the beaches of the Philippines when General Douglas MacArthur returned to reclaim the island nation from enemy forces.

He was honorably discharged in 1945 and returned home to continue his education; it was then that he met and married his wife Mary Veronica Horvath. In 1946, Ciro re-enlisted in the United States Air Force and worked in Aircraft Maintenance and assumed the duties of First Sergeant. He served as First Sergeant in Germany, Nevada, England, California, Thailand, Vietnam, and New Mexico. Ciro's last assignment was at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, with the 8th Fighter Squadron (Black Sheep) assigned to the 49th Operations Group. During his military career, he received numerous awards, citations, and decorations. In addition, he was awarded two Bronze Stars for service in World War II and Vietnam. After his retirement from the Air Force in March 1973, he secured a position at the Desert Aire Best Western where he worked until his final retirement in 1983.

Ciro was a charter member of the Eagles and a longtime member of the Loyal Order of the Moose; and a life member of the VFW and Knights of Columbus. Ciro's hobbies were camping and fishing; but foremost he was a diehard Boston Red Sox and Dallas Cowboy fan. He and his wife, Mary, are longtime members of St. Jude Parish.

Ciro was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ethel Garofano; two younger brothers, Steve and Pat, their wives, a brother-in-law, two nieces, and a nephew.

Survivors include his loving wife, Mary, of 69 years, their five children; Michael Garofano and wife, Kerry, of Columbia, Maryland; Stephen Garofano and wife, Sharon, of Alamogordo, New Mexico; Sandra Paulus and husband, Richard, of Alamogordo, New Mexico; Mary Reynolds and husband, Sean, of Billerica, Massachusetts; and Patricia Silva and husband, Tommy, of Tularosa, New Mexico; along with eleven grandchildren: Mark Garofano, Jill Tan, Holly Warner, Tiffany Ward; James Taylor and John Taylor; Stephanie and Justin Fritz; Jessica, Levi, and Riley Silva and nine great grandchildren: James and Zoe Taylor; Connor and Izzy Garofano; Jake Taylor; Syler and Kinsey Tan; Tate Owen Ward and Carter Fritz.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Mescalero Care Center, 454 Lipan Avenue, Mescalero, NM 88340 or a in memory of Ciro Garofano.

He will be missed by all.

The Rosary will be held at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at St. Jude Parish.

Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 31 at St. Jude Parish by Father Tom Hoffman, Celebrant.

Inurnment will follow in the St. Jude Parish Columbarium. Military Honors will be provided by the Holloman Air Force Base Steel Talons Honor Guard.


The Garofano family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 27, 2015 to Jan. 26, 2016
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