A. Robert Giorgio, 75, South Philadelphia insurance agent

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Posted: September 08, 2012

   A. Robert Giorgio, 75, a longtime South Philadelphia insurance agent, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, of complications from degenerative nerve disease at his home in Cherry Hill.

Mr. Giorgio was a fire commissioner in District Four of the Cherry Hill Fire Department for 21/2 years in the early 1990s, his son, Robert, said.

At A. Robert Giorgio Accounting, his office at 19th and Ritner Streets, he ran an accounting and business consulting firm as well as an agency of Nationwide Insurance from 1960 to 2008.

For decades, Mr. Giorgio was a multitasker.

When he was 12, he began after-school work at a local grocery, helping to support his family. His mother, Amelia, had died when he was 8.

His father, Carmen, was one of the last ice men in South Philadelphia, delivering to folks who had only iceboxes before refrigerators became common.

Mr. Giorgio graduated from South Philadelphia High School, as a member of the honor society, ranked at the top of the Class of 1955.

Though he carried a scholarship to what is now Drexel University, Mr. Giorgio worked the 4 p.m.-to-midnight shift nearby, at the post office at 30th and Market Streets.

But in his freshman year, he had to drop out of Drexel to care for his ailing father. After his father died, Mr. Giorgio graduated from Columbia Business School in Center City.

In the 1960s, Mr. Giorgio served in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.

Mr. Giorgio was a member of the executive board and the audit committee board of the former Albert Lawrence Savings & Loan Association.

In the 1990s, his son said, Mr. Giorgio was a board member for Pennsylvania Hospital and for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Pennsylvania.

An amateur winemaker in his spare time, he made gifts of his bottles, which carried a Giorgio & Son label with a picture of his father.

Besides his son, Mr. Giorgio is survived by his wife, Victoria; a daughter, Denise Matusky; two sisters; and four grandchildren.

A viewing was set from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Pennsylvania Burial Co., 1327 S. Broad St., before an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Roman Catholic Church, Ninth Street near Watkins Street.

Contact Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or wnaedele@phillynews.com.

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