Arthur V. D'Orazio, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. worker and musician, died Sunday of a heart attack at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 93.
The son of Alessandro D'Orazio, a garment worker, and Elizabeth Grue D'Orazio, a homemaker, Arthur Vincent D'Orazio was born in Baltimore and raised near North Avenue and Fayette Street. He was a 1938 graduate of the old Thomas A. Edison Vocational High School at Howard and Centre streets.
During World War II, he served with the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment and fought in the New Guinea and Corregidor campaigns. He participated in the liberation of the Philippines.
He attended the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied jazz and was proficient in playing the piano, trumpet, accordion and xylophone. He also composed and arranged for orchestras.
From 1947 until 1982, when he retired, he had been a sheet metal mechanic at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant.
Mr. D'Orazio, who had lived for more than 20 years in Bel Air and for the last year at the Pickersgill Retirement Community in West Towson, enjoyed playing musical engagements on weekends, family members said.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville.
Mr. D'Orazio is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Ann Capezio; a brother, Lawrence D'Orazio of Wilmington, Del.; and many nieces and nephews.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun