Angelo Joseph Orlando, 97, formerly of Methuen, MA and a resident of Melbourne, FL passed away peacefully on January 30, 2018. He was the son of the late Allessandro and Angelina (Dadducci) Orlando.
Angelo led a full and interesting life complete with a loving family, many achievements, and positive community ties. He was born, educated, and lived in Methuen for many years. He worked in the mills until his brother Leo and he opened Orlando Brothers Landscaping Company and then parlayed into the floral industry. He started Orlando Florist in the 1950s and later bought Wagland Florist, which his son Matthew and daughter-in-law Debbie now own and operate. Being in the floral industry and a member of the FTD Association, he and his wife Jean were afforded and enjoyed the opportunity to travel throughout the years. They shared a wonderful life together while raising their daughter and enjoying his three sons. They became loving grandparents to many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Angelo enjoyed sports, especially baseball and was a faithful and avid fan of his beloved Red Sox his entire life.
Dedicated to the Methuen community in which he lived, Angelo served on many boards and committees. He was an integral part of the committee to establish St. Lucy as a parish and church; a member of the Methuen Town Meeting, the committee to build the Timony School on Pleasant View Street, the Methuen School Board Committee from 1963 to 1966, and the Board of Selectmen from 1966 to 1970. He served as President of the Sargent Improvement Club for many years, the East End PTA, and the FTD Association of Eastern MA. Angelo held the role of Executive Secretary of Allied Florists of MA for a decade and was chairman of several local organizations.
Angelo was predeceased by his wife, Jean Frances (Melanson) in July 2013; his four brothers, Joseph, Sam, Leo, and Carmen; and one sister, Josephine. He is survived by his sons, Edward and his wife, Rosalie of NH, Richard and his fiancée, Ann DiMare of Saugus, and Matthew and his wife, Debbie of Methuen; his daughter, Darlene and her husband, Dan Ciarcia of Melbourne, FL; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours Sunday, February 4, 2018 from 1:00-5:00 pm at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen. His funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, February 5, 2018 at St. Lucy Church, 254 Merrimack St., Methuen. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen.