After the darkness…
the daylight shines through
After the showers…
the rainbow is new
After life’s heartaches…
there comes from above
the peace and comfort of God’s healing love.
Forever in our hearts,
Clara, Mike and Nick
I want to thank you for the lifetime of love, memories, dreams, hopes, and even tears that I have shared with Pete. For our two wonderful sons, in whom so much of him is evident and for all the lives he has touched in his every-unique way. But most of all for the man who will always be a part of me and in whose eyes I always saw such deep love and respect. He had a way of always making me laugh or feel good about myself.
He always had very strong ideals and opinions, but he would always listen and at least try to see things my way when we disagreed. We were so much alike yet so different. Truly the two became one on the day that we married. And that love grew and deepened with each passing day. I have no regrets. What I have is 21+ years of memories and love and a family we began together. A family who I know will grow stronger and closer because of our love and our faith in you and in each other. A faith and love that he nourished and lived with every day of his life.
Thank you again dear God. I ask only that you keep him as close to your heart as he will always be in ours. And that you give us the strength and guidance to see past this pain to the joy he now shares with you in heaven.
Pete Chirchirillo Memorial Fund
to benefit children with special needs
donations can be sent to the
1234 Market Street
Philadelphia PA 19107-3794
Peter Chirchirillo: A Mr. Fixit
If Peter Chirchirillo did not care for you, he would be nice and polite. But if he really loved you, his wife said, poor you.
Mr. Chirchirillo, 47, a project manager with Marsh USA, had a knack for showing his affection in exuberant ways, his wife, Clara Chirchirillo, said. For a favorite cousin, he bought a welcome mat he put out any time she came to visit. "Go Away," it read. For large weekend gatherings of family or friends at his home, he would set at least five alarm clocks for 7 p.m. and when they all rang, he would announce: "It"s time to go home, everybody. Get out."
His wife of 21 years explained, "He liked to torture people." But she said her husband was really a teddy bear. He was a regular Mr. Fixit, always ready to help, she said. He was sentimental, and "my feelings always came first."
Eight years ago, he agreed to move his family from his native Canarsie, Brooklyn, to Langhorne, Pa., for a safer environment for his two sons, Michael, 18, and Nick, 14. That meant a four-hour round-trip commute to his office at the World Trade Center. Mrs. Chirchirillo said her sons were following in their father"s footsteps. "If I walk out, they lock the door and they make sure I don"t have the keys with me," she said.
Copyright (c) 2001 by The New York Times Co. Reprinted by permission.
Peter and I walked to Nazareth HS together and graduated together in 1972. I knew he was destined for success! And although we hadn't been in touch since then I had the pleasure of reconnecting with your sister and family. May God bless your family!
Anthony Greco, Friend
Sep 11 2013 9:32AM
Although I never met Pete, his son Mike has married into our family. Throughout his beautiful destination weekend wedding all I could think of was how wonderful a man he must have been to have such a beautiful and loving family. Although he was not physically with us he was there in spirity and was very much a part of the wedding. He was given the highest of honors from both his children and his beautiful wife Clara. I'm sure he would have been incredibly proud of his son Mike and would have adored Mike's new wife Samantha. It was wonderful to see the adoration and feel all the love in the room for him. I'm sorry I didn't have the honor of meeting him in person.
Terri Schnitzer, Family
Jul 10 2013 11:36AM
I never had the chance to say a goodbye to Pete, but as an Assistant Scoutmaster for many years with Boy Scout Troop 19, I was in the process of retiring from the position, but wanted to be sure that I was replaced by someone worthy of the position and who would have the interest, skill and benefits of the boys in mind. After a couple of camping trips with Pete on the trip with his son, I realized that I had found the perfect replacement. With Pete stepping forward and getting more and more active with the troop I started the slow process of retiring from the troop since my son was now graduating. I remember the one trip Pete laughing because I got a new tent (female tent) which was much bigger than that of the male tent or the small Boy Scout tents. He kept calling it the Taj Mahl, but went hysterical when we woke in the morning after a night's rainfall finding me soak and wet because my new tent had leaked like crazy.
He was a lot of fun, and to this day I don't know exactly how he passed away that day, but I am sure that he was there helping others putting his own life last.
I bless his wonderful family and hope that they have found peace. I learned that our community seniors had made them a quilt which was a perfect tribute to this wonderful person.
Carol McLaughlin, Friend
Sep 9 2011 9:26PM
Peter is the brother of my very good long time friend Livia and though I remember him from so many years ago when he worked in Waldbaums and went to school, he was always fun loving and friendly. I didn't find out till after Peter was gone that he worked for Marsh for about a year. Marsh is my parent company of Guy Carpenter. I made it out of building 2 only to find out Livia lost her brother. My heart goes out to her and her family and my prayers are with them.
Roseann Pirozzi, Friend
Sep 10 2002 10:58AM
Located on the West Coast, I never had the pleasure of meeting Pete, but I spoke to him occasionally about the new expense system. After 15 years with the company, that is the only time I was compelled to write a note in my file which said, "Call Pete for assistance - real nice guy - very helpful - x9795." Undoubtedly this comes as no surprise to those who actually knew him. I had him figured out from the start!
Kristina Nelson, Colleague
Jul 10 2002 2:59PM