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John Orfao

d. March 11, 2024

John Orfao

John Orfao

December 24, 1933 – March 11, 2024

John Orfao passed away peacefully on March 11, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. He was 90 years old.

Born on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1933, in Arco da Calheta, Madeira, Portugal, John was the beloved son of Joao and Eva Orfao. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia (DiVito) Orfao, daughter JoAnn McIntosh, brother Joseph Orfao, and sister Marie Orfao.

John is survived by his children: Elizabeth Mele of Hull, Massachusetts, Michael Orfao of Brookline, New Hampshire, Philip Orfao of Manchester, New Hampshire, John Orfao of Lacey, Washington, Janet Riscica of Niskayuna, New York, and Gina Gerfao of New Haven, Connecticut. He was a devoted husband to Virginia, with whom he shared 64 wonderful years of marriage.

A man of great integrity and unwavering dedication, John touched the lives of many through his hard work and warm heart. Following a long successful career in the print industry as a bindery machine operator and foreman, John found joy in giving back to his community. He volunteered his time as a cameraman for a cable TV show, assisted at his church, and drove the senior citizen van, ensuring seniors had access to essential services.

In his leisure time, John was an avid supporter of the Red Sox and found delight in activities such as candlepin bowling, bocce ball, and playing cards. Yet, his greatest happiness came from gathering with his large family and circle of friends, sharing meals, and creating cherished memories together.

John leaves behind a legacy of love and kindness. He will be deeply missed by his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who affectionately knew him as “Papa.”

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects during the visiting hours on Sunday, March 17, from 2-5 pm at Pyne-Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St. (off Central St.) Hingham, Massachusetts. A Funeral Mass in celebration of John’s life will be held on Monday, March 18, 2024, at 10:00 am at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, St. Ann’s Church, Hull, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor John’s memory are invited to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, supporting research and assistance for those affected by the disease.

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Past Services

Visiting Hours

Sunday, March 17, 2024

2:00 - 5:00 pm (Eastern time)

Pyne Keohane Funeral Home

21 Emerald Street, Hingham, MA 02043

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Funeral Mass

Monday, March 18, 2024

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

St.Ann's Church

, Hull, MA 02045

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