Romano Funeral Home


Ernest F. Pitochelli Sr.

March 15, 1929January 13, 2020

Ernest F. Pitochelli Sr., 90, passed away January 13, 2020.

He was the beloved husband of Rita A. (Giugliano) Pitochelli to whom he was married for 69 years. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Ernest and Clara (Porcaro) Pitochelli.

He was the father of Ernest F. Pitochelli Jr. and his wife Deborah, and Diana Pitochelli; grandfather of Stephanie Pitochelli McVay, Ashley Pitochelli Iorfida and her husband Mark Sr., and Jake Pitochelli and his husband Michael Steinberg; step-grandfather of Charles, Andrew and Jonnathan Wesley; great-grandfather of Ariana Iorfida, Mark Iorfida Jr., Juliana McVay and Joshua McVay. He was the brother of Edward Pitochelli, Anna Romano and the late Frank Pitochelli.

Mr. Pitochelli served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He had served as the AMVETS Post 9 RI State Commander, the National Finance Officer for 12 years and was elected and appointed as the National Commander from 1980 to 1981. He had the opportunity to meet with President Jimmy Carter, President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II as a Representative of the AMVETS National Organization. 

He was highly engaged in local politics, helping and caring for many local people's rights in the Town of Johnston. He served on the Johnston Town Council for 12 years.  

Not Just a Good Man, but a Great Man that Cared Deeply for Others and to always do the Honorable and Proper Thing. 

His funeral will be held Friday at 8:00 am from the ROMANO FUNERAL HOME, 627 Union Avenue, Providence, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 am in St. Rocco Church, 927 Atwood Avenue, Johnston. Burial with military honors will be in the RI Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. Visitation Thursday 4-7 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project,


  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 16, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, January 17, 2020

  • Burial

    Friday, January 17, 2020


Ernest F. Pitochelli Sr.

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Jack Chiaro

May 12, 2020

Hello Ernie and Diana,
I am sorry for your loss. I was wondering how your father was as I think of him often. I did not know he had passed. You may not know it but as a kid, many of us respected your dad quite a bit. I remember playing at the house and of course at our great Wiffle ball field. Ernie, you may not know it but you were my best friend for many years. Unfortunately I lost track of so many in my last years of college and especially once I got involved in the restaurant industry. My condolences and I wish your family well.


January 15, 2020

Rest in peace Ernie, you served your Town and Country well and most of all you were a good family man.

dino amaral

January 15, 2020

ernie and i share a lot of very intereasing discussions aboutpolitics an life ingeneral ernie had alot of lifes knowledge that was not appreciated by the younger people with life brings wisdomif you pay attention.i will miss the many talks at brewed amakenings through the years ernie willmbemissed by many bobby dino the musician bob amaral the man