Rizalito Amarillo M.D.

OCT. 9, 1925-JULY 4, 2012

July 05, 2012
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Dr. Rizalito "Joe" Amarillo was born Oct. 9, 1925 in Alimodian, Iloilo, Philippines to Angel Amarillo and Cristita Ampalayohan.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carol Amarillo; son, Stephen Amarillo of Newport News, Va.; daughter, Janet Moffett and her husband, Robert, of Landenberg, Pa.; grandchildren, Erin and Garrett Moffett; half sister, Virginia Alere; special niece, Phoebe Angelitud and her family; and other numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Angel Amarillo and Cristita Ampalayohan; a brother, Pedro Amarillo; half brother, Felix Anas; and stepfather, Pedro Anas.

He was of the Catholic faith.

He obtained his medical degree at Manila Central University at Caloocan, Rizal, Philippines.

He immigrated to the United States in 1955 and served his residencies at various hospitals. He entered private practice in 1966 as a general practitioner in Sharpsburg, Md. He relocated to Hagerstown in 1971 and continued his practice for 11 years and served as chairman of the General Practice Department at Washington County Hospital.

After retiring from private practice, he joined the Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Outpatient Department, Martinsburg, W.Va., and continued there for 16 years.

While residing in Sharpsburg, he was a member of the Lions Club and was past president. He was also past president of the Sharpsburg Public Library for 25 years.

He was also a member of the Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Association, Maryland Medical and Surgical Faculty and the Washington County Medical Society.

In addition, he was a member of Fountain Head Country Club where he indulged in his passion, golf.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 7, at 10:30 a.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown. Interment will be at Rest Haven Cemetery following the service.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m., one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sharpsburg Public Library.

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