Joseph F. Dorrico

Joseph F. Dorrico, 90, of Stamford, died Nov. 11 at The Richard Rosenthal Hospice Residence with his family by his side.

Born in Stamford on Sept. 22, 1919, he grew up on the West Side of the city. A son of the late Frank and Mary Dorrico of Stamford, Mr. Dorrico graduated from Stamford High School in 1936 and served in the United States Army, Battery A, 211th Anti Aircraft Artillery (AW) Battalion, for five years during World War II. He worked his way in the United States Postal Service from mail clerk in Glenville to Postmaster in New Canaan, retiring in 1977. He belonged to the American Legion and the Elks Club, and served as president of the Glenville Community League, chairman of Red Cross drives and volunteered for the Glenville Fire Department. Mr. Dorrico was also a proud past president of the Byram and New Canaan chapters of Rotary International. The Dorricos made New Canaan their home for close to 10 years.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mary Cataldo Dorrico; his daughter, Rosemary Dorrico Madia, and her husband, Tony Madia, of Stamford; his sisters-in-law, Barbara Dorrico, of Danbury, and Angie Coppola, of Chapin, S.C.; numerous cousins; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Dorricio was predeceased by his two brothers, Anthony and Frank.

The Lacerenza Funeral Home in Stamford made arrangements for the funeral on Saturday, Nov. 14. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Sacred Heart Church in Stamford, and entombment followed at St. John's Roman Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum, Darien, with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations to The Joseph F. Dorrico Rotary Scholarship Fund. Please make checks payable to the New Canaan Community Foundation, write Dorrico/Rotary on the memo line, and mail to the New Canaan Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1285, New Canaan, CT 06840. Condolences to the family may be left at