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GLOUCESTER- Captain Vito Ciaramitaro, 89, beloved husband of Ninfa (Taormina) Ciaramitaro of Terrasini, Sicily passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his family.
He is survived by son, Mercurio husband of Grace (Parisi), daughter, Rosalie Ferrara wife of Matteo, daughter-in-law, Cheryl (Burns) Ciaramitaro, son, Vito Ciaramitaro husband of Vincenza (Rallo); daughter, Stefanie Noto wife of Sebastian; grandchildren, Cristina Ciaramitaro, Michael Ciaramitaro husband of Lucia. Josie Sarmanian wife of Robert, Vito Ferrara husband of Graziella, Ninfa Numersoi wife of Mercurio, Vito Ciaramitaro husband of LeeAnn, Jayme Ciaramitaro, Frankie Ciaramitaro. Ninfa Ciaramitarto, Josephine McDougall wife of Philip. Vito Ciaramitaro and Rose Ciaramitaro. Angelo Noto, Grace-marie Noto, and Vito Noto. He is also survived by 19 great-grandchildren; his brother, Jerry Ciaramitaro husband of Mary, and Leonardo Taormina husband of Phyllis, Maria Taormina, Nicola Taormina husband of Angela, Giuseppe Taormina husband of Josephine, Peter Taormina husband of Diane, and many nieces and nephews.
Born to Captain Mercurio Ciaramitaro and wife, Rosalie, on August 1, 1928 in Terrasini Sicily. He came from a long line of fishermen. His passion and love for the ocean and fishing was evident at a very young age. He followed his father's footsteps and began fishing alongside him at the young age of 8. They fished together for many years on various vessels. In 1947 after working to support his family during World War II he immigrated on a cargo ship to Portland, Maine and joined his father in Gloucester. Vito immediately fell in love with America and often said, "God Bless America." His family was his everything. His work ethic was unparalleled. He started fishing on the Immaculate Conception alongside his dad before purchasing the Katie D, his first fishing vessel. He went on to own the Vito C, Vito C II, and the Vito C III. Once his journey on the sea came to an end, he opened VC Fishing Gear and VC Seafood with his son Vito. Although he missed his life on the ocean, he loved the time he spent with his grandchildren on land.
Vito and Ninfa met on January 7th 1953, it was love at first sight. After Vito established his livelihood and residence, his wife, Ninfa joined him in Gloucester. Together they had five children. He worked extremely hard for his family. Each summer he would vacation with his family in spots all over the world, times that are still cherished by all. His grandchildren brought him so much joy and the highlight of his retirement were Sunday lunches with his family. At a moment's notice he would pack up his car and take his grandchildren to The North End, bowling, or Friendly's for an ice cream. They had many fun adventures together.
He was a proud member of the St. Peter's Club, supporting the organization in his early days in Gloucester and enjoying afternoon card games with his friends later in life.
In the end, Vito lived the fullest life with his family around him. He leaves behind a legacy. He is now at peace with his son Francesco whom is missed so much.
Vito was predeceased by his son, Francesco Ciaramitaro; his sisters, Flavia Orlando and husband, Salvatore, Vincenza Bertolino and husband Leonardo, and brother-in-law Salvatore Taormina.
His Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Ann's Church on Saturday, December 30, at 1 p.m. Visiting hours will precede the funeral Mass on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in St. Ann's Church. The burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen Street, 2nd Floor, Framingham, MA 01701 and/or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101.
For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 28, 2017
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