Louis "Tom" Chianelli
January 20, 1951 – August 2, 2018
Louis “Tom” Thomas Chianelli Jr, 67, of East Hampton, formally of Westbrook, passed away Thursday August 2nd, 2018 at Marlborough Health and Rehabilitation in Marlborough CT. He was born on January 20th, 1951, in New Rochelle, NY and was the son of the late Louis T. and Gertrude Saunders Chianelli Sr. Tom graduated from The Morgan School class of 1970. He worked at Pratt and Whitney as a machinist, drove a concrete mixer for McCutcheon, and owned and operated “Tom’s Lawn Care” for many years. Tom was an active member of the Westbrook community. He was a Captain with the Westbrook Volunteer Fire Department and rode with the Westbrook Ambulance Association as an EMT.
A self-described gear head, Tom had a passion for buying and refurbishing classic hot rod cars. He was a NY Yankee fan, enjoyed cooking and had a flair for carpentry. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his son. Tom is survived by his son, Byron Chianelli and his wife Erin of Sanford, NC.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 8th from 5 to 8 pm at the Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook CT. Burial will be private.
- Calling Hours Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Louis "Tom" Chianelli
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August 4, 2018
Tom's parents were part of my childhood in Killingworth, because they owned and ran the 'package store' above the traffic circle. I recall Tom's various sleek and noisy cars in high school, but lost touch once I left the area. At one Morgan High School reunion, Tom sought me out to tell me about Byron traveling to Italy. Tom knew I had done a lot of international travel and wanted me to know how proud he was of his son for being adventurous. He was filled with love and admiration of Byron. I know that relationships between fathers and sons can be tough but Tom expressed pure joy in Byron's abilities that evening.
August 3, 2018
I knew Tom throughout high school, but it was somewhat later that we became good friends. He and I worked together for several years, his support at work was so appreciated, but even more appreciated, was his selfless nature. He spent quite a few days of his personal time, helping...no, teaching me to build a shed to replace my seriously damaged shed one Summer. I am and never have been a person that could understand the skills of building. Tom had skills and was a terrific teacher as well, and spent the better part of two months helping (teaching) me how to get a job done. What a terrific friend and teacher he was, and patient as well. Tom also taught me one other very important skill , and that was his recipe for sausage, peppers and onions! My wife and I pay homage to him and his memory!