Leo Anthony Orsino, CDR USN(Ret.)

September 15, 1930November 19, 2012

Commander Leo A. Orsino, USN (Ret), died at Renaissance Gardens on 19 November 2012. He was 82 years old. A native of Larchmont, New York, he was the son of Leo and Florence Orsino. He graduated from Mamaroneck High School in 1948. Upon graduation he entered New York University, NY, prior to receiving his congressional appointment to the Naval Academy in 1950. He graduated from the Naval Academy with the 14th company on 4 June 1954. During his career, Leo served at many sea and shore duty stations on both the East and West coasts of the United States. His duties took him around the world to South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Far East, Middle East, the Arabian Gulf, Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean, among other exotic places. Leo also was awarded the combat Action Ribbon during military actions against the Viet Cong in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive in 1968. He received two Masters Degrees, one from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the other from Boston University. Two of his most interesting tours were as the Commanding Officer of the US Naval facility in Manama, Bahrain where his youngest daughter Bronwyn was born in 1964 and as the Ship-Shore-Ship Project Officer at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium from 1970 to 1974. The NATO tour was especially a happy one since his family accompanied him and had the wonderful opportunity to experience many different cultures. On 30 September 1977, he retired from the navy after 23 years of active duty. In civilian life, Leo worked as an engineer at various defense firms retiring from Northrop Grumman in 2001. Since then he has done volunteer work for the Fairfax County Government Center in Virginia and at the Office of the Springfield District Supervisor, Springfield, Virginia. A memorial service will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium on December 17th at 1100. Leo is survived by his wife, Joan Orsino, his four children; Lee, Kimberly, Matthew and Bronwyn. He has five grandchildren; Lee Michael, Crystal Lee, Timothy, Nicholas and Jared, and three great grandchildren; Mia, Javier and Thomas Kai.



  • Internment Monday, December 17, 2012


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February 11, 2014

Just my way of holding on and not letting you go. I love you Papa.

May 6, 2013

I miss you Papa...

Willliam Agcaoili

December 4, 2012

To The Orsino Family,

Our Deepest Condolence, we will miss a wonderful person and a great friend...
From all of us in Springfield Sunoco....

Erin Norris

December 1, 2012

Leo was not only one of my mom's closest friends, he was family to us. My parents and I have known Leo for over 30 years and we will miss him dearly. I have so many fond memories of our times together throughout the years. I will cherish them in my heart forever.

Chuck Viator

November 30, 2012

Grief is a difficult emotion anytime; it is especially so during the holidays when families share so much. Leo's passing will affect everyone who had the privilige of knowing him; I am but one and feel the loss of a great friend and person. The little things that seemed inconsequential at the time (mornings at the gym, coffee at Starbucks, drives to Annapolis), all those things are sorely missed. I don't know that I ever met anyone who was prouder or loved his family more or was any more loyal than Leo. He will be missed, I will miss him.

Walt Coakley

November 30, 2012

A good mate, a gentleman, a man of humor and good spirits, a brave sailor. We will miss this man but remember his spirit. Walt Coakley '54

Rita McIntosh

November 30, 2012

To the Orsino family, my sincere condolences. Leo was an amazing person, his love for life, laughter, family, and friends was always in the forefront of everything he did. He was my friend, co-worker, confidant, a shoulder to cry on, and someone to laugh with. We worked on many projects together at work, and Leo's high spirit and willingness to do his best never waivered. Even in the most stressful situations, he could lift us and make us laugh. As a friend, he came to know my family and they also loved him. He was just one of those people - gentle, kind, full of life! After retirement, four of us would meet for lunch and rehash Northrop Grumman/ Syscon days and one of the most fun things was "roasting" Leo. Ever the good sport, Leo joined right in telling stories on himself. He will be missed by so many. May he rest in peace and may we take a little of the joy he brought to each of us and share it with others. Make Leo proud!

Jeannine Griffith

November 30, 2012

I first met Leo 30 years ago when he attended a wedding reception I gave at my home in San Diego. We were celebrating the wedding of his son, Lee, to my daughter, Lauri. On many occassions since, Leo has been a very important part of celebrations of weddings, births, anniversaries, high school and college graduations. He met the whole family in such distant places as California, Iowa, Arizona, and Washington state. The most recent clan gathering was in Arizona where we all met our first Great-Grandson, Thomas. Oh, how happy he was to hold him in his arms. Leo contributed so much to all our family gatherings as he was so up beat, happy, caring, generous, and love to tell stories of his past, mainly his life in the Navy. He was so proud to have served his country. I will miss Leo terribly.

Walt Szczypinski

November 26, 2012

Dear Matt,
My deepest condolences on the loss of your father. He will be in my prayers, as will you and your family.

Billy Surles

November 26, 2012

Leo was The Executive Officer of the first ship, USS Power (DD-839), that I was assigned to. He was a good influence on me at an important time in my life. My wife, Barbara, and I extend our sympathy and prayers to all his family.