OAKLAND, Florida – Orlando Pozzuoli, 86, he was a good man. It sounds too simple in today’s instant, digital world but it is, in the end, the highest praise you can give a man. You knew he was a good Catholic man as soon as you met him. He exuded love, charity and valued wisdom and knowledge. His religious beliefs inspired us all. He was a good son, brother, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, soldier, boss, neighbor and friend.
He was born in Hillsville, Pennsylvania, to Immacolata and Crescenzo Pozzuoli, who had recently emigrated from Italy.
He shared a modest home with his parents and his siblings, Dominic, Mario, Joe, Ann and Inez. They had very little materially, but provided everything a young boy needed – love, education and wonderful food from the family garden. He used to say that, “Mother could make something special out of nothing.”
He delivered newspapers when he was 11 and later worked in the Limestone Quarry. All of the children did what they could to help support the family. He did everything possible throughout his life to care for his parents and siblings.
He was a graduate of St. Fidelas High school, St. Vincent College and from St. Louis University, he received Dual Masters – Masters in Hospital Administration and Accounting.
He served as an officer in the U.S. Army.
He met the love of his life when he was 25 and she was just 16.
He got his Masters Degrees on the G.I. bill and then they married. They took off on a 56-year journey of love and happiness. He always teased that you could take the girl out of the farm but not the farm out of the girl. They set up loving homes throughout their life together in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Arizona and Florida, where they welcomed family and friends.
He was President/CEO and member of the board at Sacred Heart Healthcare System in Allentown, Pennsylvania and an active board member for United Way, Hospital Central Services, Allentown and Bethlehem Chambers of Commerce, Cabrini College, and the Boy Scout Council of Allentown. He was a very active member of St. Thomas More Parish in Allentown, Pennsylvania, as well as, confidant and personal friends with many priests and bishops. Dr. Pozzuoli was a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and earned an honorary Doctorate from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Although he was a soldier in the Army, he lived his life by a Marine-type code – God, Family and Country. All of his associations were about how he lived his life – dedication to family church and community. All of the boards and associations were part of this creed.
He had four children and made sure that all of them received a Catholic education and advanced degrees. Education was primary. But there was always time for gardening, shopping and Pinochle, starting on family trips to Conneaut Lake Park. He made sure we all knew how to play Airplane Pinochle and we can still hear him saying, “remember the name of the game,” when he wanted his partner to pass pinochle parts. We all understood that life was about working hard and being together as a family. He inspired his children and sons-in-law to live by his example.
He adored his five grandchildren. He always spoke to them about the need to get a good education and strive to be the boss. He loved to cook for them. He loved to spoil them and then send them home and he made sure they all knew how to play Airplane Pinochle too.
He loved to go grocery shopping and visit several stores to get the best prices. He loved to cook and we all watched him like hawks to see what he added to make his food taste so good. We always tried to re-create it, but it was never the same. We teased him that he must have put his finger in it. He loved to look at cars and haggle over prices even when he wasn’t in the market to buy. He enjoyed watching Westerns, especially ones with John Wayne. He had a passion for travel and was blessed to have visited every state and national park as well as Italy, Spain, Argentina, Sardinia, Africa, England, France, Malta, Ibiza, Mexico, Portugal, the Caribbean, Canada and more.
He inspired us all with his steadfast determination over the last few years, in spite of debilitating illnesses. His unshakeable belief and abiding love will remain with us forever.
And in the end, he passed peacefully in his wife’s arms with Mother Mary watching over him. He is now reunited with his parents and siblings while he waits in eternal peace for the rest of his family to join him. A good ending to a very good life for a good man.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jan (Taffe) Pozzuoli; four children, Karen Tucker and husband Roger of Longwood, John Pozzouli of Daytona Beach, Renee Pozzuoli-Buecker and husband Allen, Jr., of Robinsville, New Jersey and Jeannemarie Remington and husband Sean of Collegeville, Pennsylvania; five grandchildren, Ryan Tucker of Longwood, Sean and Colin Buecker of Robinsville, New Jersey and Ashley and Alyssa Remington of Collegeville, Pennsylvania and a sister, Inez Affagatto of Poland, Ohio.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at St. James the Apostle Church at 11:00 a.m.
Family and friends may call on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, one hour prior to the funeral services, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements are being handled by the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home in Hubbard. Please visit www.krcummins.com to view this obituary and to send to condolences.
A television tribute will air Thursday, December 29 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.