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ENRICO "RICK" TORCASO Enrico E. "Rick" Torcaso, 81, passed away May 26, 2018, in Las Vegas. Born November 27, 1936, to Angelo and Rosa Torcaso, in Arnold, PA, he developed a love of music (think jazz) as a teen and spent over 20 years playing, composing and arranging music, primarily in the Pittsburgh area. During that period, he also spent four years in the Airforce Dance Band, obtained a B.S. in ED and masters in composition at Duquesne University, pursued a doctorate in composition at the University of Pittsburgh while accepting teaching positions from the elementary to the university level. After marrying fellow teacher, Sarah "Sally" Saunders, they decided to move to Las Vegas in 1978 where Rick could perform full time with some of the house bands on the strip. Later, as the lights were fading on hotel house bands, he could always find a place to play live music somewhere in the valley as he returned to teaching, retiring from Clark County School District in 2000. Rick was preceded in death by his mother and father (Rosa and Angelo Torcaso); his brother, Michael Torcaso; and his sisters, Maria DeFazio, Emanuella Pellafone and Gioconda Cianflone. He is survived by his loving wife, Sarah; his three daughters, Robyn Simon, Carla Land and Gia Torcaso; his grandchildren, Michael Simon, Sean Simon and Kahikilani Land; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 at New Song Church, 1291 Cornet St., Henderson, NV 89052.
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