Nazareth R. Piccirilli

April 2, 1920February 13, 2021

Nazareth “Nat” Ralph Piccirilli, 100, passed away February 13, 2021.

He was the son of the late Raffaele and Stella Piccirilli, husband of the late Frances "Bea" Piccirilli (nee Murray) for 71 years; father of Robert (Barb), Michael (Julie) and the late Ralph; father-in-law of Jeanne; grandfather of 6, great grandfather of 2; brother of the late Mary, Anthony, Joseph, John and Rose.

Nat served in the US Navy as a Seabee in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945. He was a well-known jazz guitarist in the Rhode Island area all his life. After serving in the Navy, he was employed by the US Postal Service until he retired in 1972. He was an avid gardener, an accomplished winemaker and enjoyed playing golf until he was 99 years old.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Bridge at Cherry Hill for their loving care of Nat and support of the family.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a Memorial Mass will occur at a later date. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of Grace Church Memorial Fund, 4 Lafayette St., Johnston, RI 02919.


  • Memorial Mass to be announced at a later date, Private Burial with Military Honors


Nazareth R. Piccirilli

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Birgitta Whited

February 18, 2021

I met Nat when he played with Dr. Lloyd Kaplan during OLLI classes at URI. They had such a wonderful, playful way of keeping us all tapping our feet and dancing between the desks ! And after class he was going golfing !
May all the rich memories sustain you during this difficult time.

Vincent J. and Linda Cavallaro

February 18, 2021

As a boy I remember my classmates Ralph and Robert , going to their home on Joy St. playing basketball in their yard and then winning the CYO midget championship together in 1959. I remember" Nat "and" Bea" who were so nice to all their friends and always made their home like our own. We were always welcome.
What a wonderful family. Michael was only an infant but he grew up and "Nat" taught him to play bass. Thru the years I would meet them often when they were playing a Gig . It always made that affair special to see them again. Please accept my sincere sympathy for the passing of your father.
He was a wonderful, kind and talented gentleman.

Jerry Hatfield

February 17, 2021

I was Nat's student for many years, giving me the best foundation I could imagine. He was also a father to me; one of the kindest men I have ever known. The world is shedding tears today. Peace be with you, my dear friend, I'll always keep you in my heart.
With love, Jerry