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David Chiorgno
Dery Funeral Home
54 Bradford Street
Pittsfield, MA
David Vincent Chiorgno

1934-2012 David Vincent Chiorgno, 77, of Dalton Division Road, Pittsfield, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2012, at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston surrounded by his family.

Born in Pittsfield on October 22, 1934, son of Vincent and Mildred Fessenden Chiorgno, he graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1952 where he played the French horn in the band and orchestra, and played goalie for the hockey team. He attended the University of Miami on a music scholarship where he played French horn in the symphony orchestra.

Mr. Chiorgno worked as an apprentice at Moldmaster Engineering while in high school. There he met Dorothy "Honey" Kushi whom he married on May 21, 1955. In 1968, they established Pittsfield Plastics Engineering with business partner Richard Sible. They sold the business in 1997, but stayed active as a consultant for the company, retiring in June 2012.

Mr. Chiorgno had a passion for music, playing the French horn with the Albany Symphony, the Berkshire Symphony, and the Eagles Band, of which he was currently a member. He played with the Eagles Band during various times in his life alongside his grandfather, father, sister and son Larry. He enjoyed wine-making, woodworking, gardening, traveling, and spending time with his family. He re-built an airplane in 1967 and took off from Allessio's farm in Pittsfield. He also built and re-built clocks, most recently a Grandfather clock for his grandson.

Mr. Chiorgno was predeceased by his wife "Honey" who died January 12, 2009, and his son, Larry who died August 10, 1977.

Mr. Chiorgno is survived by a daughter, Donna Virgilio and her husband, James, of Dalton; two sisters, Carol Sears and her husband, Fred, of Dalton, and Kathy Thorn and her husband, Donald, of Queensbury, N.Y.; a brother Ronald Chiorgno and his wife, Marie, of Florida; and two grandchildren, Jessie Crombie and her husband, Matthew, and Dustin Virgilio and his wife, Raina. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for David Vincent Chiorgno will be held Friday, October 26, at 9:15 a.m., from DERY FUNERAL HOME with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., at Sacred Heart Church celebrated by Rev. Peter M. Naranjo, II., Parochial Vicar. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Chiorgno may be made to Eagles Band in care of the Dery Funeral Home, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield.

Published by The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 24, 2012.
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Dear Donna, We are so sorry to hear about your Dad,may God bless you and your family.
Helen and Jim McRory
November 3, 2012
Donna and Jim,
I am sorry to hear about your dad, my prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
Karen Theoret
October 28, 2012
Donna and family,
So sorry to hear of Dave's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.
Linda Tognini-Williams
October 27, 2012
Jim,Donna & family,
Although sorry seems a weak word in such situations know we are truly sorry for your loss.Our sympathies and prayers be with you inn these trying times.
Tom,Addie,Leslie & Kira Martin
October 27, 2012
Dave was the best. He will be missed. He is in heaven with my dad. Having a great time.
Timothy Meandro
October 27, 2012
Dear Donna and family, We send you condolences and prayers during your time of sorrow. Dave was always one of our favorite people. We will miss him. We had many good and memorable times together
Bill and Dianne Sears
October 25, 2012
Dear Donna, Jimmy and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was such a kind and gracious man, it was an honor to know he and your Mom. I know that all the wonderful memories will give you comfort. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
Kathy Kazura
October 25, 2012
Dear Donna & family, I'm sorry to read about your dad's passing. Now he is at peace with your mom and Larry again. I'm sure it's a great reunion. You are in my thoughts and prayers
Donna Hescock Walz PHS class of 1974
Donna Walz
October 24, 2012
Donna and family, I will really miss your dad , I always enjoyed our conversations and looked up to him as an icon in our industry.
Jeff Crosier
October 24, 2012
Thanks for hireing me Dave
Steve Maroni
October 24, 2012
Dear Donna,
I am so sorry for the loss of your dad Dave. I have fond memories of he and your mom that I will cherish forever. You and your family are in my prayers and I am sure your mom is loving that he has joined her as they will forever be together.
Much Love,
Maryellen Tanner-Vincent
October 24, 2012
Donna , Jimmy and family
sorry to hear of your loss my prayers are with you in your time of sorrow
Bill Kingsbury
October 24, 2012
What a full, interesting life! I am so glad I had the honor of knowing him. May his memory be a blessing to you.
Bob Salzman
October 24, 2012
I will miss you and your stories uncle Dave . Had many good times
nikolaus chiorgno
October 24, 2012
David you went from being my best friend's Dad, to one of my dearest friends.I enjoyed our times together so much.I'm sure gonna miss our Sunday night dinners and all the great conversations. You know how much I love your family and I promise to keep entertaining them, in your honor, for as long as they'll have me !It's been my priviledge and my honor knowing you my dear friend.Love, Debbie
Deborah Robitaille
October 24, 2012
Donna and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. May he rest in peace and may you be comforted by your memories.
Robbie Harrington Brassard
October 24, 2012
Dear Donna & Family,
I was sorry to have read about your dad's passing, my prayers are with you in these times of sadness. I remeber working with you and your mom & dad as a temp,and working side by side with your mom Honey, they always made me feel like a part of the family. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Yours Truely, Kathie Barrett
Kathie Barrett
October 24, 2012
Much Love Uncle Dave. So sorry. So many great memories.
Russ Sears
October 24, 2012
Donna, Jim, and family. We are sorry for your loss. Dave was a great guy, a mentor to me in the early years, and fellow wine-maker at present. We all will really miss him. Kevin and Helen Dondi, and family
Kevin Dondi
October 24, 2012
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