Alfred (Fred) D’Orazio, 96
Alfred (Fred) D’Orazio, 96, of Cumming, GA, passed away on Friday, December 2, 2022.
Fred was born in Franklin, MA on February 20, 1926, to the late Raffaelle and Maria Giovanna (Pasquantonio) D’Orazio. He was the 10th of 11 children. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary (Daniels), their son, Paul, as well as siblings, Belgenio, Louis, Pietro, Mary, Elizabeth, Theresa, Perina, William, Eleanor, and Anthony. He loved growing up in a big Italian family.
He was drafted before his 18th birthday with his 35-year-oldbrother, but he was allowed to finish school before entering the Army in the 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, under George Patton’s Third Army. On February 7, 1945, his division participated in an attack breaking into the Siegfried Line by crossing the swollen Sauer River into Germany between Echternach and Bollendorf. His unit was hit by shrapnel, and he was wounded and unable to be rescued for two days in frozen conditions and suffered trench foot, a disability he lived with for the rest of his life. He wasawarded the European-African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign ribbon, one service star, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, World War II Victory Medal, and the Purple Heart. He had three brothers serving in WWII at the same time.
After marrying in Hopedale, MA 71 years ago, Fred and Mary started their married life and raised their family in Franklin, MA, before moving to Miami in 1968, where he landed his dream job with Eastern Airlines. Their love of traveling was born. They later moved to Sunrise and Vero Beach, FL. In 2009 they got the call to move to Cumming, GA to be with their daughter, Jeanne, and their favorite son-in-law Jim. They had a wonderful life there, mademany new friends and were involved with the local VFW Post 9143 where he was a lifetime member. Fred was also a member of the DAV and The American Legion.
He received the Outstanding Georgia Citizen award from Georgia Secretary of State, and Certificate of Honor for entrance into the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame as a result of his selfless service and sacrifice during WWII. This honor was awarded to him by Richard W. White, Director and Chairman of the Board, Colonel, US Army (retired).
Fred was a lifelong Patriots and Red Sox fan, even before they were winners!
He is survived by his daughter Jeanne and husband Jim Curry of Cumming, GA, son Robert D’Orazio and wife Isabel of California, and daughter Patricia D’Orazio (Seaman) of NC. Pop Pop leaves behind his grandchildren, Melissa Curry (Rob), Michael (Paolina) Curry, Gina (Paul) Williams, and Paul D’Orazio, Jr., all of FL. Kristin Seaman (fiance Patrick), and Tyler Seaman of NC. Jacob, Ricky, and Rebecca of CA. Great grandchildren; Jayden, Enzo, Mia, Jacob, Alexis, and Joey, all of FL. He is reunited with his twin great-grandsons, Dylan and Daniel.
He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews all originally from Massachusetts, who loved their Uncle Freddie dearly.
If you’d like to make a donation to VFW Post 9143 in Fred’s memory, please visit https://vfwpost9143.com/
The family will receive friends at the funeral home, Thursday, January 12, 2023, 4:00-8:00pm. A Celebration of Life will be Friday, January 13th, at 10:00am in funeral home chapel followed by procession to Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, GA.
Ingram Funeral Home, 210 Ingram Ave, Cumming, GA is in charge of arrangements.