Paul F. Ciccarelli, of Saugus, owner of the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home in Saugus, died on August 11 at the, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He was 86.
Ciccarelli leaves his wife, Mary (Porcella) Ciccarelli, with whom he had been married for 62 years. He was born in East Boston and was raised in Orient Heights. He was a graduate of St. Lazarus School, Christopher Columbus High School, Boston State College and New England Institute of Applied Anatomy & Science (NEI). He was a schoolteacher and football coach before becoming a funeral director.
Ciccarelli was a Past President of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association, a member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, retired Board of Director for the Saugus Bank (now known as North Shore Bank), member of the Massachusetts “100 Club,” Saugus Chamber of Commerce, the Lynn Yacht Club, Saugus Knights of Columbus Council #1829 and the Saugus ITAM Club.
He loved sailing, boating and saltwater fishing. He was also a talented woodworker, creating dollhouses for family and friends, building furniture for the funeral home and both St. Margaret’s and Blessed Sacrament Churches in Saugus. He was a disabled veteran of the United States Air Force.
Besides his wife, Ciccarelli leaves his children – Ann Ciccarelli, Michael Ciccarelli & his wife Carol (Savage) – all of Saugus, his grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
At Paul’s request in lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the Dr. James D. Chang Cardiac Research Fund c/o Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, CVI-Cardiovascular Clinic, Shapiro 7, Boston, MA 02215.
A funeral Mass was held at Blessed Sacrament Church. He was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.