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In Memory of

Pasquale M. Ercolano

June 19, 1923 - March 20, 2012

Obituary


ERCOLANO, PASQUALE MARIO

On March 20, 2012, PASQUALE "PAT" MARIO ERCOLANO;

Pasquale Mario Ercolano was born 19 June 1923 in Rome, Italy, the son of Angelina (née Romano) and Ernesto Ercolano. He spent his childhood in Sorrento, Italy, and as a teenager served as a steward on Italian merchant vessels plying the Mediterranean. He was an enlisted radio operator with the submarine service of the Italian Navy in World War II. He was wounded and taken prison by the British in July 1943 following a noted sea battle between the Italian submarine...

ERCOLANO, PASQUALE MARIO

On March 20, 2012, PASQUALE "PAT" MARIO ERCOLANO;

Pasquale Mario Ercolano was born 19 June 1923 in Rome, Italy, the son of Angelina (née Romano) and Ernesto Ercolano. He spent his childhood in Sorrento, Italy, and as a teenager served as a steward on Italian merchant vessels plying the Mediterranean. He was an enlisted radio operator with the submarine service of the Italian Navy in World War II. He was wounded and taken prison by the British in July 1943 following a noted sea battle between the Italian submarine Bronzo and British Navy minesweepers off the coast of Sicily. He was a POW in the Suez for the remainder of the war. Mr. Ercolano married Maria Concetta "Tina" Puglia, a native of New York City, in Sorrento in 1950 and immigrated to the United States. He and Mrs. Ercolano settled in Baltimore, and Mr. Ercolano became a U.S. citizen in 1955.

Mr. Ercolano was produce manager of the Ruxton Graul's Market (originally Harrington's Market) from 1967 to 2000. He was popular with his customers, in no small part because of his readiness to pass along recipes from Mrs. Ercolano, a highly regarded cook, and to treat customers' children to bananas, grapes, and other treats. His hobbies included ballroom dancing, gardening, following European soccer, and traveling. (He visited all of the inhabited continents except Australia in his lifetime.) He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish (Govans) for many years and, later, St. Joseph Parish (Cockeysville). He was a member of the Sons of Italy in America (Dulaney Lodge) and the Notre Dame Council of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. and Mrs. Ercolano lived in Baltimore from 1950 to 1990, when they moved to Timonium. They were married for 59 years, until Mrs. Ercolano's death in 2009. Mr. Ercolano was a resident of Stella Maris at the time of his death, 20 March 2012.

Mr. Ercolano is survived by his four sons and their wives, all of the Baltimore area: Paul and Patricia Ercolano, Vincent Ercolano and Kristen Whitney, Patrick and Lisa Ercolano, and Ronald and Doreen Ercolano. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Michael (son of Paul and Patricia), a student at Stevenson University; Olivia (daughter of Patrick and Lisa), a student at New York University; Juliet (daughter of Patrick and Lisa), a student at the Baltimore School for the Arts; Alexa (daughter of Ronald and Doreen), a student at Champlain College (Vermont); and Breanna (daughter of Ronald and Doreen), a student at Goucher College who is currently taking a junior year abroad in Paris. He is also survived by his brother, Salvatore, of Timonium.

The family will receive friends in the LEMMON FUNERAL HOME OF DULANEY VALLEY INC. 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road) Timonium, MD 21093 on Thursday, 2-4 & 7-9pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph's Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville, MD 21030 on Friday, March 23 at 10am. Interment Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. Expressions of sympathy may be directed in Pat's memory to Stella Maris, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium, MD 21093.