86R26834 SME-D
  By: Bucy H.R. No. 1280
         WHEREAS, Family and friends are mourning the loss of Donald
  Anthony Garritano of Cedar Park, who passed away on February 16,
  2019, at the age of 67; and
         WHEREAS, The son of Anthony and Ann Garritano, Don Garritano
  was born in Philadelphia on January 26, 1952; he grew up in his
  hometown and in Radnor, Pennsylvania, with the companionship of
  three siblings, Michael, Marybeth, and Carolyn; while a student at
  Villanova University, he met his future wife, Maria Talamo, and
  they married at their alma mater on February 21, 1981; they were
  blessed with a daughter, Gina, and two sons, Victor and Giancarlo;
         WHEREAS, Mr. Garritano attended the Culinary Institute of
  America and was employed in Philadelphia for many years as a chef
  and kitchen manager; in 1994, his wife's nursing management career
  took the family to Palestine, Texas, and they later resided in
  Duncanville and Victoria before settling in Cedar Park;
  Mr. Garritano then left the culinary arts to work in building
  component sales, roofing, construction, and solar sales and
  installation, and he provided steadfast support and encouragement
  for his wife in her professional advancement; and
         WHEREAS, For two decades, Mr. Garritano was a very active
  member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, and he participated in
  Christ Renews His Parish and volunteered as kitchen manager for
  Life Teen Retreats; when his youngest son was in Boy Scouts, he
  became a member of the Troop Committee and served for three years as
  a camping coordinator; he also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity
  and Mobile Loaves and Fishes, and he donated five percent of his
  business profits to local charities; a member of the Forest Oaks
  Homeowners Association, he served as chair of the Pool Committee
  and as a member of the Architectural Control Committee; in 2015, his
  daughter gave him a rescue dog, and after learning pet therapy at
  Austin Dog Alliance, he and his loyal German shepherd, Arty,
  brought joy and solace to veterans, the elderly, and children
  through the Leander ISD's Bow Wow Reading Dogs program; and
         WHEREAS, Don Garritano lived a rich and purposeful life
  centered on his family, his faith, and his community, and he will
  forever hold a special place in the hearts of those he left behind;
  now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the memory of Donald Anthony
  Garritano and extend sincere sympathy to his loved ones; and, be it
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Don