Matteo Ciccone, age 98, passed away surrounded by his loved ones on Oct 7 after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Gerry (Sala) Ciccone, sons, Paul and wife Jan Ciccone of Peterborough, NH, Salvatore and wife Sandra Ciccone of Pepperell, MA, Dr. Charles and wife Lydia Ciccone of Pensacola, FL, and six grandchildren; Matteo, Joseph, Marc, Michael, Carlie, Alex, and great granddaughter, Sofia Ciccone. He is also survived by his sisters, Mary Nelson and Pauline Ciccone, both of Florida, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, and siblings; Grace Celli, Michelangelo Ciccone, Lucy Lomaglio, Helen (Lena) Spaulding, Tom Curran, Elvira (Toni) DeVarney, Paul Ciccone, and George Ciccone.
Matt was loved by many and was talented in so many ways. He was a true patriot dedicating his life to service for his Country and Community.
Matt’s passion was aviation. He trained as a Naval Aviator during WWII and held ratings as an instructor pilot well into his 90s. He was a combat veteran of WWII serving in the South Pacific on USS PC 465. He was featured as “The Policeman in the Sky” in a special issue of the Sunday Worcester Telegram. LT Matteo Ciccone retired from the Leominster Police Department after 40 years including interim service as Chief.
Matt married the love of his life, Gerry Sala, residing and raising their family in Leominster. Recently, they celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary.
We will remember his outstanding guidance and principles for living a fulfilling life through his example.
Memorial donations can be made in Matteo’s name to St. Anna’s Church, 199 Lancaster Street, Leominster, MA 01453.
Calling hours are Thursday, October 14, 4-7:00 pm at Richardson Funeral Home, 106 West St., Leominster. The funeral Mass is Friday, October 15, at St. Anna’s Church, 194 Lancaster St., Leominster at 11:00 am.
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