John Ciminelli, Sr.
John Ciminelli, Sr.
John Ciminelli, Sr.
John Ciminelli, Sr.

Obituary of John Paul Ciminelli, Sr.

It is with great sadness that the Ciminelli family announces the passing of their father, John Paul Ciminelli, Sr. John was born on October 12, 1928, on Brooklyn Avenue, to Eleanor Huntington & Nicholas L Ciminelli. He grew up in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn, where he was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish.

John attended Berk Trade School for Plumbing Theory and Design and worked alongside his father in his neighborhood business: Nicholas L Ciminelli & Son, Plumbing & Heating.

John was a very proud, gung-ho Marine. At the age of 75, he tattooed the Marine Corps insignia on his arm. As a Staff Sergeant, in the First Marine Division, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Weapons Company, John proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1948 to 1952, where he bravely engaged in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, during the Korean War. John is a member of “The Chosin Few”, a life member of the 1st Marine Division Association, and a member of the New York Chapter.

In 1958, he married the love of his life, Theresa Elaine Quaranta. They resided in the Marine Park area, where they raised eight children: Eleanor, Nicholas, Marie, Jacqueline, Elaine, John Paul, Diane and Ronald. Because we were blessed with exceptional parents, our family has remained closely knit through the years. After the passing of our mom, in 1983, John continued to raise a loving family, who adored him, and spent as much time with him as possible. He was a totally devoted father and grandfather, who called his children his “treasure” in life. There are no words to express how much he will be missed by his beloved children and grandchildren.

John passed away peacefully at home on June 6, 2020 surrounded by his children. John is predeceased by his loving wife Theresa and his beloved sister, Jane McNicholas. John is survived by his brother, William (Bill) Ciminelli, his brother-in-law, John McNicholas, his 8 children and their spouses: Eleanor & Jim Gallis, Nicholas & Jeanette Ciminelli, Marie & Carlo Caruso, Jacqueline & John Montemarano, Elaine & Michael Savitz, John Paul Ciminelli, Jr., Diane & Sal Fontana, and Ronald Ciminelli, and his 14 grandchildren: Olga Torre & John Gallis, Nicholas & James Ciminelli, Theresa & Regina Caruso, Jada Montemarano, Julie, Douglas, Jamie, & Olivia Savitz, and Francesca, Salvatore, & Valentina Fontana.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be
in John’s name to:
St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105
Website Link: St. Jude Donation

Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic,
arrangements are as follows:

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Private family viewing and blessing with
Reverend Doyle of Good Shepherd RC Church


If you wish to virtually attend the services,
please join us through Zoom.

Topic: John Paul Ciminelli, Sr. - Funeral Service
Time: Jun 16, 2020 10:00 AM

Meeting ID: 750 4807 1284
Password: MPFH1

11:00 AM: Marine Corp Honor Guard Tribute
Marine Park Funeral Home Parking Lot

If you wish to virtualy attend this service,
please join us through Zoom


Topic: John Paul Ciminelli, Sr. -
Military Funeral Honors Ceremony
Time: Jun 16, 2020 11:00 AM

Meeting ID: 712 9143 0278
Password: MPFH1

The Ciminelli Family plans to have a Memorial Mass & Celebration of Life at a later date.

The Ciminelli Family would like to acknowledge our appreciation for all the love, prayers, condolences and support you have given us during this sad and difficult time. The many text messages, e-mails and phone calls and the messages and notes on social media have certainly given us comfort.

Rest in Peace
Semper Fidelis

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