, Salem, MA

January 15, 2013

Carl A. DeOrio Sr., 81

SALEM — Mr. Carl A. DeOrio Sr., 81, of Salem, retired Deputy Chief of the City of Salem Fire Department, died Sunday, January 13th, 2013, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, surrounded by his family, following an extended illness.

Born in Methuen, he was the son of the late Peter and Margaret (Savastano) DeOrio. He was raised and educated in Methuen.

An honorably discharged veteran, Mr. DeOrio served his country as a member of the United States Navy during the Korean War.

Upon returning from serving his country, Carl met his beloved wife Patricia on the plane home and settled in Salem following their marriage. Carl dedicated his life to protecting the residents of the City of Salem where he resided for over 60 years.

On May 15th, 1955 Carl was appointed to the City of Salem Fire Department. His dedication to the Department and the residents of the City of Salem would last over 38 years until the time of his retirement in 1993. Carl rose through the ranks of the fire department having been promoted to the Rank of Lieutenant on September 12th, 1967, Captain, February 12th, 1972, acting Deputy Fire Chief, February 4th, 1984 and he was appointed Deputy Fire Chief of the City of Salem, Fire Department, May 15th, 1984; a position he held until the time of his retirement. Carl was known for his dedication to his fellow firefighters, his knowledge and command of fire science and his unwavering courage of conviction.

Carl’s family was first and foremost in his life. With five children at home and a career on the fire department, Carl went back to school, earning his Fire Science degree from North Shore Community College. He earned over sixty credits over the years in continuing education. He was a wonderful and dutiful provider for his growing family.

Professionally, Deputy Chief DeOrio was a dedicated member of the International Association of Fire Fighters Union, AFL-CIO, Local 172.

Upon retirement, Carl enjoyed life to the fullest spending time with his family, grandchildren, and friends. He was an avid golfer who golfed most mornings with the same group of golf buddies and former colleagues at Salem Greens. He was an amazing cook and tended to his garden daily. Flowers were a passion of his and all of the neighbors enjoyed his lush gardens. Yet above all else family was paramount. He will be deeply missed.

In addition to his beloved wife of sixty years, Carl is survived by his daughters, Judith and her husband Henry Jensen of Hamilton and Alicia and her husband Bill Brady of Danvers, his sons, Carl DeOrio Jr and his wife Linda of Deering, N.H., and James P. DeOrio and his wife Donna of Salem, his eleven grandchildren, his sisters, Angela Buzzell and her husband Leon of Danville, N.H., and Ruth Murphy and her husband Paul of North Andover, his brother Thomas DeOrio of Methuen and several nieces and nephews. He was also the father of the late Peter C. DeOrio.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held from The O’Donnell Funeral Home 46 Washington Square (At Salem Common), Salem, Wednesday at 11 A.M., followed by his funeral Mass in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Margin St., Salem/Peabody line at 11:30 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Burial is private. Visiting hours prior to the funeral from 9 to 10:30 A.M. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Carl’s memory to the the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center, Attn: Jovina, 102 Endicott St., Danvers, MA 01923. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit