Pasquale "Pat" S. Maiorano, 86, of Drexel Hill, a Philadelphia police officer for 26 years, died of an apparent heart attack Monday at home.
Mr. Maiorano worked as a laborer after graduating from eighth grade at St. Donato's School in Overbrook. During World War II, he served in the 325th Glider Regiment of the 82d Airborne Division. He saw action in Sicily and Normandy and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
After his discharge, he worked for the Ford Motor Co. before joining the Philadelphia Police Department in 1948. Most of his career as a police officer was spent patrolling a beat along Elmwood Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. After retiring in 1974, he worked as a plumber and was a passionate golfer. In recent years when he could no longer play, his daughter Patricia Cranage said, he helped out at the snack bar at Cobbs Creek Golf Course in Philadelphia and would take out a cart and snag balls.
Mr. Maiorano lost his wife, Marie DiDonato Maiorano, to cancer in 1965, when their two daughters were 11 and 13. He cooked and ran the vacuum, his daughter said, and was "our anchor and voice of reason."
In addition to his daughter Patricia, Mr. Maiorano is survived by daughter Paula Mazza; two brothers; two sisters; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Callistus Church, 6700 Lansdowne Ave., Philadelphia. Friends may call at D'Anjolell Memorial Home, 8645 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. tomorrow. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.