For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
CICCOLELLA, Antonio Vincenzo (Chicho) - age 52, of Dartmouth, NS passed away May 9th, 1999 at the Stadacona Hospital, CFB Halifax after waging a courageous battle with cancer. Born August 7th, 1946 in Rome, Italy, he was the son of Teresa (Recco) and the late Giuseppe Ciccolella. After immigrating with his family from Italy in 1956, he spent his teen years in Toronto, Ontario finishing high school and working at various jobs. At the age of 21 he heard the call of adventure and in 1967 chose to travel the world as a sonarman in the Royal Canadian Navy. He enjoyed tours on several of Her Majesty's Canadian Ships including the Skeena, Assiniboine, Ottawa, Huron, Athabaskan and Protecteur. It was while serving on the HMCS Skeena in June of 72 he met and subsequently married Peggy Embrett of Halifax. In 1973 he again felt the urge to expand his horizons and re-mustered to the Observer Trade later to become a member of the Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator cadre and served with distinction on Maritime Patrol Squadrons 404 and 405 as well as Maritime Helicopter Squadrons 423 and 406. His 32-year career with the RCN and Canadian Air Force saw him amass ten years of sea duty and nearly 4800 hours of flight time on several aircraft predominantly the Sea King! helicopter. He was recognize for his exceptional service by attaining the rank of Master Warrant Officer and being inducted as a Member of the Order of Military Merit in 1993. A devoted family man with a strong sense of community he volunteered for several years as a Beaver Leader and a coach in the Soccer program in Cole Harbour.
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