Orlando M. Alegria, age 83 of Rockaway Twp., NJ, passed away on Sunday, January 11th, 2015 at home. Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Orlando lived in Osasco and San Paulo before settling in Rockaway in 1966.
A hard working family man and good husband, Orlando enjoyed playing and watching soccer, fishing with his sons, and taking care of his home. A very smart and self-sufficient man, Mr. Alegria had worked as a foreman in a matches manufacturing company in Brazil. Orlando worked for 30 years as a tool & die maker with the Testrite Instrument Co. in Newark, NJ, and later enjoyed working as a service technician with his son’s company, Frank’s Coil Cleaning and Soft Spring Water Co.
Following his retirement, he enjoyed spending time at their Palm Coast, FL home, where he became an active member in the Portuguese American Culture Club, where he liked to play cards and take his wife dancing.
Predeceased by his parents Manuel Antonio and Alexandria (Martins) Alegria and his eight brothers, Orlando is survived by his loving wife Liberdade “Leah” D. Fernandes (Domingos) Alegria; sons Luiz P. and wife Kim, Edgar and wife Kathleen, and Orlando and his wife Lisa Alegria; also surviving are his sisters Libertina Mendes and Rosalia Abreu. He is also survived by his ten cherished grandchildren; Louis, Christopher, Laura, Sarah, Kaitlin, Michael, Nicholas, Elizabeth, Anna, and Carlo; as well as one great-grandchild, Angelina.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 from 7-9 PM at the Smith-Taylor-Ruggiero Funeral Home, One Baker Avenue (Route 46) Dover, NJ 07801. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, January 15th, 2015 at 10AM at the Sacred Heart RC Church, Richards Avenue Dover, NJ; immediately followed by entombment in the Locust Hill Cemetery Mausoleum, Dover, NJ.