Artenzio A. DiOrio, 61, of Sarasota, who traveled the world and lived in six states, died peacefully at home June 7, 2010, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in N.Y.C., and raised in New Jersey, he carried that "northeast moxie" -- tempered with true gentility -- throughout his life. He was a B.A. graduate of St. Peter's College and was a masters in social work recipient from N.YU. He began his professional career in 1975, working with youth and families. Then he moved on to the Veterans Administration, where he was repeatedly commended for his outstanding and innovative clinical and supervisory performance.
Honing his creative clinical and leadership talents in the 1980s, he subsequently was a pioneering influence in the development of the concept and principles of employee assistance programs, now standard at all major corporations. At the time of his death, Mr. DiOrio was an employee of the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club, Sarasota.
"Artie" was known -- and will always be remembered -- for his ability to relate to people at all levels of life. In any position he was never an employee so much as a friend, an advisor and a mentor.
Artenzio is survived by his partner of 30 years, Robert F. Bole Jr. of Sarasota; a sister, Rose Maria Doran, and her husband, David, of West Haven, Vt.; a brother, Angelo DiOrio, and his wife, Barbara, of Annandale, N.J., and their sons, Paul and Christopher.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 pm Friday, June 11, at National Cremation and Burial Society, Sarasota. A funeral service will be at 12 30 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at St. Boniface Episcopal Church on Siesta Key.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to St. Boniface "Youth Mission Trips" Fund, 5615 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, FL 34242, and/or Christ the King School Scholarship Fund, 60 S. Main St., Rutland, VT 05701.