NEWS, SPORTS, COMMENTARY, POLITICS for Gloucester City and the Surrounding Areas of South Jersey and Philadelphia

Elsie M. Perkins, of Gloucester City, Waitress at Gateway Diner and Brooklawn Diner
Pearl Rock, of Audubon, age 78

Ricki C. Dorato, of Pinehurst NC; Formerly of Audubon NJ,

Dorato-Ricki_t280Ricki C. Dorato, 64, of Pinehurst, passed away Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at FirstHealth Hospice House, in Pinehurst, after a courageous battle with cancer.

The family will hold a memorial service at a later date in New Jersey.

He was born March 17, 1947, in Williamsport, Pa., to the late Victor and Ruth (Houck) Dorato. Rick was a graduate of Audubon High School, class of 1965, in Audubon, N.J. After

graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country from 1965 to 1969. After a long career in telecommunications, he and his wife retired to Pinehurst in 2007, where he pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a member of Pinehurst Country Club and spending most of his time on the golf course and traveling with his wife.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Dorato, of Pinehurst; a daughter, Jodi Woods and husband, Damien, of Cherry Hill, N.J.; stepchildren, Dawn Grothmann and husband, Mark, of West Chester, Pa., Lauren Bonomi and husband, Flavio, of Palo Alto, Calif., Casey Hilliard and husband, Ben, of Littleton, Colo., Jamie Olma and husband, Brett, of Monroe Township, N.J., and Jeffrey Leek, of Galloway Township, N.J.; a sister, Patricia Packi and husband, Michael, of Cherry Hill, N.J.; two grandchildren, Mason and Tatum Woods; and seven step-grandchildren, Bryn Hoyt, C.J. Grothmann, Morgan Grothmann, Alessandro Bonomi, Isabella Bonomi, and Wyatt and Wren Olma.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374. Online condolences may be made at
Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst is serving the family.