Anthony A. Lorraine, 87, calendar artist

AnthonyA. Lorraine
AnthonyA. Lorraine
Posted: May 28, 2014

Anthony A. Lorraine, 87, of Williamstown, an artist at the former Philadelphia calendar maker Joseph Hoover & Sons for 40 years, died Wednesday, May 21, of heart disease at home.

The Hoover firm, at 49th and Market Streets, was founded in 1856 and produced illustrated business wall calendars from the 1920s until it was sold in 1985.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Lorraine grew up near the Ninth Street Italian Market in the same house where his father, Dominic, was born, said his wife, Nancy.

"He didn't go to high school," his wife said, but had to get a job "to help out with the family. . . . Whatever he made, he gave to his mom."

He worked at a corner grocery store, then at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, "tossing rivets to the riveters."

During World War II, Mr. Lorraine was an Army infantryman who, when another soldier was killed, was assigned to carry messages to and from the front lines, his wife said.

After his discharge, he served in the Army Reserve for 13 years.

A member of the Woodland String Band, "he went up the street" for several years, playing a saxophone though he had never taken music lessons, she said.

He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Besides his wife, Mr. Lorraine is survived by sons Victor and Anthony; daughters Caroline Lorraine and Abby Riccobene; a sister; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A viewing was scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, at the LeRoy Wooster Funeral Home, 441 White Horse Pike, Atco, followed by a noon Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Peace Church, 32 Carroll Ave., Williamstown. Interment will be in Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Monroe Township.

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