November 2, 1928 ~ May 23, 2016
Pasquale (Pat) D’Orio, 87, passed away Monday afternoon after battling a long illness. Pat, born on November 2, 1928, was a lifelong Norwalk resident, the son of the late Louis and Alice (Toone) D’Orio. He was a teacher in the Norwalk school system for 38 years, the last 25 at Marvin Elementary School.
He was married for 63 years to Beatrice (Trani) D’Orio. In retirement, the two shared their time between Norwalk and Palm Bay, Florida. He was a Korean War Army veteran, stationed in Vienna from 1951 to 1953. A 1946 graduate of Norwalk High School, Pat was a member of the first graduating class at Fairfield University. He also earned his Master’s degree and sixth-year degree. He was named to the Norwalk High School Alumni Honor Roll earlier this year.
He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and a volunteer at the Norwalk Hospital for more than 10 years. He was an avid reader and a regular card player. He had a sharp sense of humor, and loved spending time with his many grandchildren, attending numerous sporting events and piano recitals.
He was a beloved teacher, with an ability to inspire children to learn and they remembered him fondly years after they left his class. Due to his longevity, he was able to teach the children of many of his former students.
He was predeceased by a son, Louis D’Orio. He is survived by wife Beatrice (Trani) D’Orio, children, Jeffrey (Carla) D’Orio, Lauren (John) Stoops, Jill (Keith) Gallagher, and Wayne (Amy) D’Orio, and sister Mary D’Orio. He is also survived by grandchildren Shawn Stoops, Jonathan Stoops, Meghan (Gallagher) Tripi, Conor Gallagher, Moira Gallagher, Jack Gallagher, Emma Gallagher, Stefanie Schaefer, Ethan D’Orio, Samuel D’Orio, and great-grandson Peter Tripi.
Calling hours will be from 4:00 to 8:00 pm Thursday, May 26, at the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am Friday, May 27, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue, Norwalk. Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue, Norwalk.
The family requests that donations be sent to the Class of 1977 L.M. D’Orio Scholarship fund at Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY, 13346 or to St. Thomas Church, 203 East Avenue, Norwalk.