Cover photo for David J. Milano's Obituary

David J. Milano

d. December 18, 2020

David J. Milano

David J. Milano, 76, of Erie, passed away Friday, December 18, 2020 after a lengthy illness at Saint Mary's at Asbury Ridge. He was born April 27, 1944 in Erie, a son of the late Anthony and Helen Fields Milano.

David attended General McLane High School. After graduation, he began working full-time for his uncles at Milano Construction as a heavy equipment operator. In 1976, he started his own company, C. Milano Excavating and worked there with his two sons until his retirement.

David enjoyed hunting and fishing. The woods and his hunting camp were his "Happy Place." He first started hunting at age 12 with his Uncle Palmer. He then taught his sons and grandsons how to hunt. He also loved working on cars when he was young and always had a "Fast Car" including his Dodge Challenger that he owned until his final day.

David loved spending time with his family and friends and was generous with his time and talents with all of them.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Carla Houpt Milano in 2019, a sister, Jeanie Taylor and a brother, Robert Milano.

He leaves behind his three children, Michael Milano, Christopher Milano and Jennifer Milano Burns (Keith); six grandchildren, David A. Milano, Michael J. Milano, Nicholas Milano (Randi), Mitchell Milano, Nathaniel Milano, and Andrew Burns; and three great-grandchildren, Marco, Easton and Cruz Milano. He is also survived by two sisters, Geraldine Hammond and Carole Cacchione; one brother, Richard Milano and many nieces and nephews.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions services will be private. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery. A Celebration of David's life will be held at a later date. The John R. Orlando Funeral Home, Inc., 2122 Raspberry St., is handling arrangements. To send condolences visit

David's family would like to extend a special heart-felt thank-you to his VNA Hospice Care Team, Kathy his nurse, Leslie his social worker, and Michael his chaplain. They would also like to thank the entire staff of Saint Mary's at Asbury Ridge for providing exceptional care to their father.

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