Carlo M. Peduto, security supervisor

November 20, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Carlo M. Peduto, a former supervisor in the Federal Protective Service and a D-Day veteran, died Sunday of heart failure at Hart Heritage, an assisted-living facility in Forest Hill. He was 91.

Mr. Peduto, the son of Italian immigrants, was born and raised in Staunton, Va. After graduating from Lee High School in 1936, he went to work in Altoona, Pa., for his brother-in-law, who owned a vending machine company.

In November 1941, Mr. Peduto was drafted into the Army. After completing basic training, he joined the 29th Division and was sent to England, where he completed further training.

On June 6, 1944, Mr. Peduto landed with the 29th Division at Omaha Beach and remained with the division until the end of the war.

"He was wounded three times and was awarded a Purple Heart," said his son, C. Michael Peduto II of Millersville.

"In July 1945, he received orders to deploy to the Pacific Theater to complete the war against Japan," he said. "Before his deployment, however, Japan surrendered, and instead, he volunteered to remain in Europe to provide Allied security and process German prisoners of war so that married comrades could go home."

After marrying the former Evelyn Griffith "Eddie" Harris in 1947, Mr. Peduto moved to Berryville, Va., where he worked as a dental technician.

In 1953, Mr. Peduto moved to Parkville and went to work at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River. From 1969 to 1971, he worked for Bendix Radio in Towson.

He was employed as a supervisor with the Federal Protective Service for 13 years until retiring in 1984.

After the death of his wife in 1997, the longtime Hamilton resident moved to Forest Hill, where he lived with a daughter until moving into the assisted-living facility last month.

Mr. Peduto donated food to Our Daily Bread, and his other charitable interests included Helping Up Mission and the American Red Cross of Central Maryland.

He was an avid reader and traveler.

Mr. Peduto was a communicant of St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, 533 East Jarrettsville Road, Hickory, where a memorial Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today.

Also surviving are two daughters, Debbie S. Peduto of Forest Hill and Donna M. Miller of West Chester, Pa.; a brother, Edward Peduto of Norristown, Pa.; and four grandsons.

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