Gailanne M. Cariddi
1953 - 2017
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Gailanne M. Cariddi, 63 of North Adams, State Representative from the 1st Berkshire District died Saturday June 17, 2017 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

She was born in North Adams, MA on November 1, 1953 daughter of the late James Vincent Cariddi and Rhea Mary Louise (Dargis) Cariddi. She attended local schools and graduated from the Drury High School. Gail graduated from Bentley University with a degree in business management.

Gail was serving her fourth term as representative and had represented the 1st Berkshire District since 2010. At the time of her death, she was chairman of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. Prior to her election, she had served as a North Adams City Councilor, including as City Council president, for more than 20 years. She was instrumental in moving forward the bike and pedestrian paths in North County as an active member for many years with the Berkshire Bike Path Council. She also served on the North Adams Public Library building committee and had been involved in numerous other local initiatives and was a frequent attendee and participant at local events and volunteer efforts. She also was a longtime member of the North Adams Democratic City Committee. Gail was also a board member of Northern Berkshire Community Television and featured local news of interest regularly on her shows, the latest being "Something You Should Know."

Before being elected to public office, Gail was the financial manager of her family business, Cariddi Sales Co. for over thirty years where she hosted the annual Santa Fund toy pickups.

Survivors include one sister, Antoinette M. Cariddi of North Adams; one brother, David A. Cariddi of North Adams and one niece and one nephew including Monique Cariddi and Dominick Cariddi. She also leaves aunts, uncles, and cousins. Her brother, James Vincent Cariddi Jr. died on December 8, 1992.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Gailanne Cariddi will be celebrated Thursday June 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 70 Marshall St. North Adams, MA. Burial will be at a later date in Bellevue cemetery in Adams. Calling hours AT THE CHURCH are Wednesday from 4-8 PM.

Flowers may be sent or memorial donations may be made to the North Adams Public Library or the American Cancer Society in care of FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA 01247.

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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jun. 20, 2017.
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June 21, 2017
June 21, 2017
I am so sorry to read of Gail's passing. I did not know her personally, but she was always warm and friendly in all the professional interactions I had with her. She will be deeply missed.

David Hinkell
June 20, 2017
Gailanne Cariddi was a jewel of the Commonwealth and a treasure of our community. How sad it is to realize we will never again see her among us here in North Adams, or feel the pride of sending her to Boston for another term.
Merle Knight
June 20, 2017
Berkshire County Farm Bureau are saddened by this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Gailanne was a special friend to the country farm bureau and to agriculture. She is going to be missed.
Bruce Howden
June 20, 2017
The Citizens' Advisory Board of the Dept. of Developmental Services wishes to send our sincere condolences to Gail's family. Gail was an outstanding advocate for individuals of all disabilities. She ALWAYS spoke for those who could not and embraced those who could. Gail ALWAYS made herself available to meet with, and we could ALWAYS rely on her vote to improve services in the Commonwealth. ALWAYS was Gail. Her passing leaves an empty place in our hearts.
DDS Citizens' Advisory Board
June 20, 2017
Gail was such a wonderful lady. Her death is a huge loss to North Adams and the surrounding area. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Carl Villanueva
June 20, 2017
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