Southington - Joseph A. Orlando, 93, husband of the late Gertrude (Britney) Orlando passed away on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at Middlesex Hospital. He was born July 13, 1915 in Meriden a son of the late Anthony and Ida (Hebert) Orlando. Joseph was a tool and die craftsman working for General Electric, Spartan Tool and retiring from Risdon Tool in Berlin. For twenty years, he and his wife lived six months in Hobe Sound, Florida and six months at their home in Southington. He loved camping and gardening; he even had a vegetable stand in front of his home. He is survived by a daughter, Donna Tomilonus of Southington, a son Robert and his wife Caroline Orlando of Southington, seven grandchildren and their spouses, Richard and Linnea Orlando, Thomas Orlando, Michelle and Theodore Kenyon, Denise and Paul Dittrich, Michael and Dore Tomilonus, Anna Marie and Brian Patchell and Adria Torcellini, 12 great-grandchildren, Tina and Daniel Orlando, Deanna, Matthew and Megan Dittrich, Aiyana and Clayton Cyr, Emily Tomilonus, Christopher Lombardo, Theodore C. Kenyon IV and Brendan and Jonathan Patchell, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Mullin and Eva Rapuano. Funeral service Saturday, January 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Middlsex Hospice and Palliative Care, 28 Crescent St., Middletown, CT 06457.

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  1. Bob and Donna; Sorry about your dads passing. My dad made it to 93 also. Sincerely, Don Pierce

  2. I wanted to send my condolences to your family for the loss of your loved one. I understand that Joseph loved growing a garden and selling his produce. And he loved camping. In the bible at Acts 24:15 it tells of a resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous. So Joseph will get to work in his garden again and enjoy his harvest in a paradise earth in the very near future. Again I am sorry for your loss. One of Jehovah’s Witnesses

  3. We will all miss you Grampa/POP-POP! You are now at peace and with Gramma. We love you very much and will always keep you close to our hearts and alive in our lives… Mom and Uncle Bob we send our love for your loss and hope your happy memories will help you through this difficult times. Hold those memories close to your heart and always remember all the stories POP told ,as they will help you through the difficult times. Love, Denise, Paul ,Deanna, Matthew, and Megan

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