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HAMPTON - Bob Ciraulo left this life on April 21, 2012. A native of San Francisco, Calif., Bob and his twin brother, Ron were born to Mary and Frank Ciraulo at St. Mary's Hospital on May 31, 1935.
Bob graduated from Saint Ignatius College Preparatory. He continued his Jesuit education at Santa Clara University where he received a BS in Marketing and his U.S. Army Reserve Commission in the Infantry.
Bob served his country as a career Army Officer. In addition to two tours in Vietnam, he served three tours in Germany, and two back-to-back tours at NATO AFSOUTH in Italy. His U.S. tours included one at the Naval EOD school in Maryland and two tours at TRADOC at Fort Monroe, Virginia. Throughout his military career, LTC Ciraulo earned numerous awards and medals, including his most prized, the Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge.
Upon retirement, he wrote food and travel articles for The Lion, a NATO magazine, was a featured writer for The Stars and Stripes newspaper, published a travel and food magazine, and created a cookbook for his University. He organized many fundraising efforts for both his high school and college, and founded a scholarship at St. Ignatius Preparatory in honor of his grandfather, Salvatore Ciraulo.
Bob was an active volunteer with the Virginia Living Museum. He created the now very popular, annual Bacchus Food and Wine Festival. His diligent work with the museum earned him Newport News' Volunteer of the Year Award.
Bob leaves behind his wife and best friend of 51 years, Mary Dolores (Smith) Ciraulo and his daughter and namesake, Roberta 'Robbin' Ciraulo, both of Hampton, Va. He also leaves his twin brother, Ronald 'Ron' Ciraulo and his wife Marie, of Oakland, Calif., and beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the Virginia Living Museum on May 17, at 5:30 p.m. Co-officiants Chaplain Dave Efimetz and the Rev. D. Lynn Hardaway.
LTC Ciraulo will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. An additional service will be held in California at a later date.
In memorial, gifts may be made to the Salvatore Ciraulo Memorial Scholarship, Development Office, St. Ignatius College Preparatory, 2001 37th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116 or The Virginia Living Museum, Development Office, 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.
Arrangements are by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home in downtown Hampton, 723-319. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press from May 6 to May 7, 2012
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