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Enrico E. "Rick" Torcaso, 81, passed away May 26, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. Born to Angelo and Rosa Torcaso on November 27, 1936 in Arnold, PA, he developed a love of music (think jazz) as a teen and spent over 20 years playing, composing and arranging music, primarily in the Pgh. PA area. During that period, he also spent 4 years in the Airforce Dance Band, obtained a B.S. in Ed and Masters in Composition at Duquesne University, pursued a Doctorate in Composition at the University of Pittsburgh while accepting teaching positions from the elementary to the university level. After marrying fellow teacher, Sarah "Sally" Saunders, they decided to move to Las Vegas in 1978 where Rick could perform full time with some of the house bands on the Strip. Later, as the lights were fading on hotel house bands, he could always find a place to play live music somewhere in the Valley as he returned to teaching, retiring from Clark Co. School District in 2000. Rick was preceded in death by his mother and father Rosa and Angelo Torcaso; his brother Michael Torcaso and his sisters; Maria DeFazio, Emanuella Pellafone and Gioconda Cianflone. He is survived by his loving wife Sarah; his three daughters; Robyn Simon, Carla Land, and Gia Torcaso; his grandchildren; Michael Simon, Sean Simon, and Kahikilani Land as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial Services will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19 at New Song Church, 1291 Cornet St, Henderson, NV 89052.

Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on June 10, 2018
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