Family and friends mourn Anthony Orrichio

May 9, 2013 Editorial Staff
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Anthony L. Orrichio, a massage therapist and fitness professional, died ofrespiratory failure resulting from pneumoniaon Saturday, May 4, at the age of 91. He lived in Dyker Heights and is survived by his cherished wife of 60 years, Josephine.

Anthony was born to Italian immigrants, Luigi and Guiseppina, and he was one of nine siblings. A great patriot, he was raised in Windsor Terrace and served his country with honor and dignity in World War II. He moved on to be a member of The Greatest Generation as hemarried Josephine in 1952, and they purchased their first home in Bay Ridge.

A devout Catholic and a great believer in family and community, Anthony was an exceptional father to Lucy A. Bruno, owner of Rocco’s Calamari of Bay Ridge, Anthony Orrichio, Jr., owner of Orrichio Anderson Real Estate in Park Slope, and Camille Loccisano, president of The Francesco Loccisano Memorial Foundation for Children with Cancer.

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He is survived by two sisters, Anna Panza of Franklin Square, N.Y. and Josephine Vitola of Jackson, N.J. He was an adored grandfather to Christina and Anthony Bruno, Anthony Orrichio III, andNicholas and Christopher Loccisano. He was pre-deceased by his beloved grandson, the late Francesco Loccisano.

Anthony spent a lifelong and rewarding career in the fitness industry.In his earlier years, heworked under Jack Lalanne and was part of the movement for better fitness and proper nutrition.A past health club owner and a pioneer in his profession as a massage therapist, he spent decades teaching the virtues and techniques of proper massage andhelped to bring massage therapy into the mainstream for our present generation.

Anthony was an original supporter of St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and he generously continued his dedication toward the organization for decades. Upon his retirement, he and his wife moved to Dyker Heights.

In his later years, and upon his grandson’s passing from childhood cancer, he was a strong supporter and instrumental adviserto his children as they successfullydeveloped The Francesco Loccisano Memorial Foundation to help families who are touched bychildhood cancer, nationwide.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be offered to The Francesco Loccisano Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 237, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Donations may also be made online at

Visitation was held at Aievoli Funeral Home. The funeral mass was held on Thursday at St. Francis Cabrini Roman Catholic Church. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Herbst-Trzaska-Waldeck Chapels.

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