Angelo J. “Butch” Riccio, Jr.
Angelo J. Riccio, Jr., known to his family as “Butch,” age 71, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer.
Born in Wilmington, DE, on May 2, 1940, Angelo proudly served his country in the Army National Guard and would go on to a career as a master carpenter with Local #626 in New Castle.
A gentle soul with the heart of a lion, Angelo dedicated his life to his daughter, Mary Margaret. A proud father, his daughter could do no wrong.
Angelo was an avid outdoorsman throughout his life, enjoying fishing and deer hunting. He spent many hours in the company of his friends making and treasuring memories. A champion archer, he was a longtime member of the New Castle Archery Club in Newark. He was also active in the Bass Masters Club and with the Shady Elm Hunting Club in Greenwood.
Butch was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria S. Wooten Riccio, in 2002. He was also preceded by his father, Angelo J. Riccio, Sr., mother, Jennie DeJesse Riccio, stepmother, Rose Bellini Riccio, and brother-in-law, Gabriel Dominelli. He is survived by his children, Mary Margaret Riccio of Greenwood and Joseph M. Graham, Sr. of Smyrna, and grandson, Joseph M. Graham, Jr. of Smyrna. In addition, he leaves behind sisters, Pauline Dominelli of Wilmington, Carolyn Winder (Jack) of Wilmington, and Marie Pisciotta (Vincent) of Staten Island, NY; a host of nieces and nephews; and his good friends who were a constant source of support throughout his illness, John and Monica Malandruccolo of Greenwood, who have generously taken on the task of providing love and guardianship to Angelo’s greatest treasure, his daughter Mary Margaret.
The family would like to thank Pauline, his sister, for her constant care and unwavering love of her baby brother in his hours of need. She stayed by his side constantly throughout his illness. The family also thanks the staff of the Helen Graham Cancer Center, especially Dr. Biggs; the nurses at Christiana Care who provided compassion and care during his final days, specifically Courtney and Ashley from 5E, as well as Diana from the GI lab who fondly called him “Uncle Angelo.”
Visitation will be held from 2 pm to 4 pm on Sunday, November 6, 2011, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle. A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Monday, November 7, 2011 at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Union Hill Cemetery, 424 N. Union Street, Kennett Square, PA.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Angelo may be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read’s Way, Ste. 205, New Castle, DE 19720.