Former Staten Islander John C. Orlando of
Spring Hill, Fla., a retired Port Authority
police officer, died Nov. 6 at Heartland of
Brooksville (Fla.) Nursing Home, where he
had been a resident for three months. He was
Mr. Orlando grew up in Dongan Hills. He
graduated from New Dorp High School and
served in the U.S. Army during World War II,
stationed in Greenland and Iceland.
He had a 20-year career as a police officer
for the Port Authority of New York and New
Jersey, assigned to the Holland Tunnel. In
the course of his duties, he delivered two
babies. He retired in 1972.
After retiring, Mr. Orlando moved to
Inverness, Fla. He settled 21 years
ago in Spring Hill, Fla., where he built a
home. Mr. Orlando enjoyed building
wooden furniture; his pieces decorate his
An avid sportsman, he was a golfer and a
football fan. He also took great pleasure in
playing cards and board games with friends.
When his sons were young, he volunteered
with various Little League teams in Dongan
Hills. While living on the Island, he
was a charter member of the Father John C.
Drumgoole Council, Knights of Columbus.
He was very good with his hands and helped
so many people with their homes, said his
son, Louis M. Orlando. He always had a funny
story and his own little words for things.
Mr. Orlando was a parishioner of St. Ann's
R.C. Church, Dongan Hills, while living on
Staten Island. In addition to his son,
Louis, surviving are his wife of more than
60 years, the former Mary Skiczinski; his
sons, Charles A. and John P.; six
grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
There will be a memorial mass Saturday at
3:30 p.m. in Holy Child R.C. Church,
Annadale. The funeral arrangements,
including private cremation, were handled by
the Turner Funeral and Cremation Center,
Spring Hill, Fla.