Meriden - William ''Bill'' Salvatore Cirillo, 87, of 222 Olive St. passed away peacefully at MidState Medical Center on Wednesday December 4, 2002. He was the husband of Shirley Greenbacker Cirillo. He was born in Meriden on July 9, 1915, a son of the late Salvatore and Grace Barucci Cirillo. He was a graduate of Meriden High School class of 1933 and was a member of the National Honor Society. He attended the Pequod Business School and was a graduate of the Travelers Insurance School. He completed five years in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was in the Coast Artillery and Quartermaster Corp., serving twenty-seven months in the European Theater of Operations in Africa, Sicily, and Italy. He attended Officers Training School in Camp Lee, Virginia and Army Engineers Experimental Camouflage School in Boston, MA. Besides the Mediterranean Ribbon and A.D. Ribbon, he was awarded two Bronze Service Stars for the North African and European Campaigns during WWII. He was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1946. He was employed by the Russell Hall Company for forty-six years. He had also worked at Upham's Department Store and G. Fox and Company in Hartford, Hamilton Shops in Branford and Miner, Read and Tullock Inc. in Meriden. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Meriden for seventy-one years serving as a Treasurer for twenty- six years, Church School Visual Aid Director, Assistant Church School Coordinator, Church School Teacher and he served as Chairman of the Finance Committee, the Bequest Fund Committee, the Youth Committee and the Diaconate. He was a member of the Meriden Rotary Club and served as a former Director. He belonged to the American Legion. Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters ,Linda '' Lynn'' J. Cirillo and husband Paul Sikora and Joanne Cirillo all of Meriden, two grandchildren, Tracy and husband Kirt Guest of Meriden and Joseph Cirillo, and a brother Albert and his wife Ann Cirillo of Meriden. He was loved deeply and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was predeceased by two sisters, Joyce Cirillo and Teresa Cirillo. Funeral service will be held at the First Baptist Church, 460 Broad St., Meriden on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 10:00 a.m. Burial with military honors will be at Walnut Grove. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of BEECHER & BENNETT FLATOW FUNERAL HOME, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden.

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  1. Dear Shirley, Joan and Lynn: You have our deepest sympathies on the loss of your Husband and Father, Bill. Bill was a very kind and gentle man. I will never forget that he bought me my first shoes. He is at peace and joins the rest of our family that have gone before us. Cousins, Marie and John West and Mary Barucci

  2. My deepest sympathies to Shirley and Family. Bill was a wonderful person, as well as a very loyal client. It was always a pleasure to talk with him, and he always seemed to enjoyed visiting us (even if under duress for Body repairs!)He will be missed greatly.

  3. Shirley & Family, You have our heartfelt sympathy at your loss. Bill was wonderful person and suffered for such a long time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, George & Betty

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