Vito Joseph Ciaccia

July 21, 1952March 28, 2021

Vito Joseph Ciaccia, 68, of Old Saybrook, CT passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford.

Mr. Ciaccia was born on July 21, 1952 in Brooklyn, NY to Donato Ciaccia and Rose (DeBari) Ciaccia. He was married to Jane (Markowski) Ciaccia, his beloved wife, for 41 years. Together, they raised three children and lived in Connecticut, Savannah, GA, Seattle, WA, and Memphis, TN, before moving to the Shoreline six years ago. They were also avid travelers, spending time in China, France, Italy, Iceland, and Spain. In recent years, Mr. Ciaccia enjoyed fishing throughout Connecticut, as well as teaching his grandchildren how to fish. He loved his grandchildren, and took on the responsibility of providing them with a cultural education, focusing mostly on Abbott and Costello movies.

Mr. Ciaccia is survived by his wife, Jane Ciaccia of Old Saybrook, CT; his children, Sarah Ciaccia of Washington, D.C., Laura Ciaccia West of College Station, TX, and Daniel Ciaccia of Memphis, TN; his grandchildren, Andy, Eli, Elizabeth, and Audrey; his brother, Peter Ciaccia; and his sister, Isabel Guarino.

A summer memorial service is being planned by his family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation.


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Cesar Galvis

April 9, 2021

My deepest condolences to Jane and the kids. There are no words that can soothe the pain you guys are going through but I hope knowing how Vito change our lives (mine in particular) and was respected and appreciated brings to you a smile.

Vito was my mentor. Being new in the country he advised me on what car to buy, where to live, how to communicate at work, how to save money, what radio station to listen to, what weird food to try and much more. Every time I read Kiplinger's or tune to NPR on the radio reminds me of Vito. He made a profound and ever lasting effect in my life, that will carry for generations in my family.

Jane and Daniel were so kind to share their table with Theresa and I on various occasions and we have warmth memories at your house.

Maybe it is hard to convey to the people you care for how much they mean to you, I'm sure there was much more I could have said to Vito or Jane, but I also hope that you felt the appreciation we had for you and that you see Vito's teachings in the way I raise my two young daughters.

Patrick Page

April 9, 2021

I am very saddened to hear of Vitos passing. I got to know him in the late 90s just about as soon as I graduated from college and started working in the maritime industry. Although I was initially intimidated by him due to his industry knowledge, he always treated me with respect and kindness even when I was young and new to the business. I always trusted him and learned alot from him over the years.
He treated his vendors fairly and made us want to work harder for him. He was definitely one of my favorite clients and always will be. Condolences to his family.

Roy Page

April 8, 2021

I am so saddened by this news. I worked with Vito much of my career in the export business and considered him one of my favorite clients. He was liked and respected by all as being intelligent and fair to everyone. We missed him in the industry since his retirement and now will miss him in life. Condolences to his family. Quite a man...


April 8, 2021

I am very sorry for your loss. I retired from the GPA about three years ago but I first worked with Vito when he was working with Eleanor in downtown Savannah many years ago. I worked with him for over 30 years. He was a very quiet man in many ways but he was one of the smartest guys I knew in the maritime industry. He was a real gentleman who I had a tremendous amount of respect for. I know where he is and we will see him again one day. God Bless you all and rest peacefully my old friend.

Melissa Ciaccia

April 5, 2021

I have always admired Uncle Vito for his worldliness and openness to new things. I got a glimpse of this when I visited him and his family in Seattle in 1995 to meet my new cousin (and godson!) Daniel. This trip made such an impression on me. First off, it was kind of radical for Uncle Vito and Aunt Jane to ask me and David to be Daniel's godparents. Maybe they thought, why not?! I'll always be honored by that. Our time with the Ciaccia's in Seattle was so much fun for me. Uncle Vito took us on my first hike, brought us to Starbucks for the first time(!), served us wild Salmon, cheered with us through a Mariners game and just showed us a great time. My first glimpse of that distinct NW culture was so positive, and I'm not wholly surprised that I ended up living in the Pacific NW for 6 years later on in life. I'm so appreciative of that time I got to spend with Uncle Vito, Aunt Jane and my cousins. I send my love and thoughts as everyone processes this loss.

Toni Ciaccia

April 3, 2021

Uncle Vito was so kind to my husband Dave and our family. I remember him flying out to celebrate with us at our wedding in Oregon. He was a loving godfather and uncle to Dave and was a true example of a father and a husband. I know how much he loved his family and especially his grandchildren. He will be missed by all who knew him. Love, Dave, Toni, and Leo Ciaccia

Paula Thiede

April 2, 2021

Dear Sarah and family,
I was so lucky to be able to meet your Dad and Mom in Rome, Sarah, and I am so very sorry to learn of his death. You are all in my heart.

Lots of love,

Linda Ciaccia

April 1, 2021

Dear Jane, Sarah, Laura and Daniel,

There are no words that could sooth your sorrow, I know how much your husband and Dad delighted in all of you, He spoke to Peter endlessly about you, his family. He loved you very much. May you be surrounded with the knowledge of how much you were all loved. He will be your guardian angel.

All of you are in our prayers and thoughts.
Linda and Peter