LEOMINSTER --- Celestino “Cello” Ciccone Jr, 68 years old of Leominster, died Thursday, December 23, 2021 after a courageous and difficult battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) at home surrounded by his loving family.
Cello was born August 26, 1953 in Leominster, the son of Celestino and Rachel (Bianchini) Ciccone. He leaves his daughter; Ashton P. Caissie and her husband Ryan of Leominster, his brother Joseph Ciccone of Leominster, his two sisters, Celeste Mosher of Florida, and Karen Ingemie-Budreau and her husband Steve of West Yarmouth, his three grandchildren Benjamin, Parker and Harper and his beloved dogs Lucy & Charlie. Cello also leaves behind many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 37 years, Kelly A. (King) Ciccone on September 7, 2021, his two brothers, Ronald & Dennis Ciccone, his sister Patricia L’Ecuyer, and his brother-in-law Dick Mosher.
Cello graduated from Leominster High School in 1971. Together with his wife, he owned & operated King Hamilton Property Management LLC. He also owned Blue Heron Enterprises Inc. in Leominster until 2012. In his younger years he owned Cello’s Custom Leather and enjoyed making many items that people still treasure today. He spent many years also employed as a lineman for Mass Electric.
Known for his crazy antics, Cello was a very gregarious man and his family was forever trying to keep tabs on him and locate him. He loved the New England Patriots and was a long time season ticket holder as well as a member of the Optum Club at Gillette Stadium. Going to his beach house in Maine, spending time with friends and making the rounds to many places were some of his favorite past times. He was a member of the Leominster ELKS, Leominster Eagles, and Leominster Franco. He loved spending time with his family and taking his grandchildren to Dairy Queen for blizzards. He loved his two dogs Lucy & Charlie and enjoyed taking them on walks on the beach and trips to his office. He will always be remembered for his infectious smile, big personality, and famous whistles and bird calls. Cello lived by the motto " I Did It My Way” and he certainly did.
The family would like to thank Cello's nurse and home health aide from Salmon VNA & Hospice, Karen & Danette for the incredible care and compassion given to Cello and their family.
A funeral mass for Cello will be held on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Holy Family of the Nazareth Church, 750 Union St. Leominster at 11am. All are asked to go directly to church. Burial will follow in St. Leo's Cemetery, Leominster. Calling hours in the Richardson Funeral Home, 106 West St. Leominster are Wednesday, December 29, 2021 from 4~8pm. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory can be made to Salmon VNA & Hospice, 37 Birch St. Milford MA. 01757, or to the Beacon of Hope, 62 West St. Leominster MA. 01453.
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