Raymond Joseph Cicchelli

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Waterford - Raymond Joseph Cicchelli, 90, formerly of Niantic, passed away peacefully at Greentree Manor in Waterford, on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.

He was the devoted husband of Gwendolyn Mercer (Poole) Cicchelli. The eldest son of the late Cosimo D. and Theresa (Mattera) Cicchelli. Born and raised in Providence, R.I., he was an alumnus of Classical High School, and earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Bryant College. After military flight training in open-cockpit aircraft, he attained the rank of ensign USNR, and served his country as a navigator of cargo planes in the Pacific theater for the U.S. Naval Air Service.

Raymond lived in Providence until his career in retail sales brought him to Connecticut in 1957. He retired from Sears with three and a half decades of service. He and his wife enjoyed a long retirement, traveling extensively throughout the country, and visiting England and Spain.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by his brother, Donald Cicchelli; and dear cousin, William Cicchelli of Cranston, R.I.; several nephews and nieces, including Beverly Moody of Cape Coral, Fla. Ray's family was his greatest joy. He leaves his daughters, Nancy Senkewitcz and her husband, John, of New London, and Susan Sherman and her husband, Jeffrey, of Rochester, Vt. He also leaves his granddaughter, Kathleen Senkewitcz and Christopher Sampson of Willington; grandson, Jeffrey Senkewitcz and his wife, Tammy, and their daughters, Mikayla and Thalia of Waterford; and grandson, Marc Spring and his wife, Theresa, and their children, Kyle and Meagan of North Haven. He also leaves a great-grandson, Joseph Puente of Beverly Hills, Calif.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Carl S. and Joseph C. Cicchelli of Rhode Island.

The family extends its deepest appreciation to the many dedicated caregivers at Greentree Manor, Lighthouse Home Care and Hospice Southeastern Connecticut.

Private services, at the convenience of the family, are overseen by Neilan & Sons Funeral Home in Niantic.

Online condolences may be offered at www.neilanfuneralhome.com

Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360.
Published in The Day on Jan. 5, 2013
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