George A. Ciaccio

14 January, 195216 July, 2021

George A. Ciaccio, 69, of Wilmington, NC (nee Buffalo Grove, IL) was born January 14, 1952, in Chicago to the late George and Madelyn (nee Guerrieri ) Ciaccio and passed away peacefully on July 16, 2021, at Peak Resources Care in Wilmington, NC after a long battle with cancer.

George was the loving brother of Virginia C. Schaefer and Sheila A. (Dominick) Sorresso and cherished uncle of Anthony, Nicholas, Dominique, Danielle and Michael and great uncle to Isabel, Samuel, Blake and Aimes.

A celebration of life will be held on September 19, 2021 at Gibsons Bar-Steakhouse in Oak Brook from 3 to 6 PM.

George a well-known individual in the circles of the Chicago restaurant industry; known for his swagger, magnanimous personality, wealth of knowledge for sports and politics. He truly will be missed. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to support the Medical Oncology Fund at Rush University Medical Center. Please send memorial gifts to Rush Office of Philanthropy, 28057 Network Place, Chicago, IL 60673-1280 or visit

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mike evans

24 August 2021

thanks for being a friend, sorry to lose you, rest easy, my man


17 August 2021

My deepest sympathies to the family. George was a gentleman who always had a kind word about everyone. He would light up when he talked about the bygone days of Rush Street and the countless great friends he made along the way.

He will be missed by many who will never forget his thoughtfulness and character.

Beth Comastro

4 August 2021

Wishing you, Ginny and Sheila, the peace to bring comfort and the strength to face the days ahead with love, laughter and fond memories to hold in your hearts forever💗

Judith Amberg

2 August 2021

Dear Virginia, Sheila, and Family,

I was saddened to learn from George’s classmate, Jim Hora, that George died. As the Director of Alumni Relations Emeritus at Saint Viator High School, I offer you the sympathy and prayers of the Saint Viator/Sacred Heart of Mary community. Our hearts go out to you as you begin your journey of grief. You are in our prayers as you share the stories, laugh and cry, and find ways to celebrate George’s life and the love he shared with you.

As I read the posts on the funeral home Tribute Wall for this “really good man,” ”great human being,” “gentleman, and “true dear friend” who was “caring and kind,” I thought of a reading from the Book of Sirach.

Let us praise an illustrious man,
faithful to his family and friends, strong in his love.
At peace in his heart and his world,
he has left us his good name, and we recount his life of praiseworthy deeds.
A generous man his good works will never be forgotten.
Among his family and friends remains a rich inheritance born of him….
His name lives on from generation to generation.
We gather to sing his praises.
We proclaim his wisdom and love of life all our days.

We want you to know that Saint Viator will remember George and celebrate the fact that George continues to be a member of our community. In October we will send you information about our annual Alumni Memorial Mass, which will be celebrated on Sunday, November 7, in the Alumni Memorial Chapel at Saint Viator. In late October a small plaque with George’s name will be placed on our wall in the chapel along with the names of other deceased alumni from Saint Viator and Sacred Heart of Mary. Also, George’s name will be listed in the "In Memoriam" section of the fall issue of our news magazine, A Lion for Life.

May you be comforted by the fact that death cannot take away the love, the memories, the faith!
May the knowledge that George lives on in your goodness give you peace and hope!

Take care and God bless you with those

William Palmeri

2 August 2021

To the Family and Friends of George C. ,
George was our cousin and we were close to his parents and grand parents. He will be missed and he and his family will be remembered in our prayers.
Willam J.Palmeri and Family
George A.Palmeri

Chris Aylward

1 August 2021

I met George as a freshman at St. Viator HS in Arlington Heights IL. in gym class. My first memory was watching him do a one and half somersault off the diving board in swimming class. What was most impressive was the no swim suit requirement at that time! We laughed!
After graduation our lives crossed occasionally as I ran into George when he bartended at top restaurants in Chicago and of course our HS school reunions where we shared our stories. My condolences to his family.

Christian Envall

29 July 2021

I worked with George at pizanos in Glenview about 14 years ago, it was a always a pleasure talking to him and he was a really good man and always had me cracking up talking about Costco hot dogs and life. He was one of the good ones and I will miss him, the world def lost a great human being. My condolences to his family.

joseph pomis

24 July 2021

so sorry to hear about George. We were great friends in the 70's at BBC. We would often play off the morning after our shift.
Always a gentleman, he was smart and funny. Last time I saw him was at the Chop House in the early nineties. We lost track of each other soon after. Briefly hooked up with him on Facebook, always missed him. Hope his passing was peaceful and all the best to the family especially Sheila and Virginia.

Anita CuccioSorrentino

24 July 2021

I knew George very well back in BBC’s days then he became my boss at the Westin hotel in Rosemont then I saw him many times at the Chop House he was a wonderful man caring kind and we would laugh because our last name was very close Ciaccio and mine is Cuccio so sorry for ur loss a very good guy🙏🙏🙏❤️

Don Surges

24 July 2021

A very sad day to hear this news. I worked with George at BBC late 70’s - 80’s. The white tux jacket he wore will always be remembered. Classy guy. Hope he got to complete his flying lessons

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