Stephen K. Piccolo

  • Born: December 4, 1924
  • Died: December 17, 2019
  • Location: Nashua, New Hampshire

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1949

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Stephen by adding your memories.

Stephen K. Piccolo, 95, passed away peacefully with family by his side on December 17, 2019. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 72 years, Gilda (Cirace) Piccolo. Stephen and Gilda were a true inspiration to many as their love and loyalty to one another shone through in every aspect of their lives.

"La Familia" was at the core of Steve's life. He was fierce and passionate about his family, helping to raise three girls who absolutely adored and respected their father. Steve was hard working and dependable, as well as loyal and kind to family and friends. He was gifted with common sense, and everyone went to Steve for solid advice.

Steve was a proud patriot and World War II Navy veteran. He was a crew member of the U.S.S. Bunker Hill, surviving a kamikaze attack and earning the Presidential Unit Citation. Although a leader in many organizations over the years, Steve was especially committed to his former shipmates and his leadership role in the Bunker Hill Association.

Steve graduated from Wentworth Institute and Northeastern University. He worked as an industrial hygiene engineer at MIT helping to establish and oversee the Asbestos Program. After retiring, Steve enjoyed the sun and friends in Florida for many years. He loved a good party and visits from family, making each visit special for his grandchildren.

Steve was predeceased by his parents, Angelo Piccolo and Elizabeth (DeFazio) Piccolo and his sister Doris Avery.

Besides his wife Gilda, Steve is survived by his children, Elizabeth Panagoulis and her husband Tom, Dorothy Marchand, and Caroline Cirace; his six adoring grandchildren, Nietra Panagoulis, Kadin Panagoulis, Jillian Mordaski, Stephen Marchand, Joshua Danley and Stephanie Pickard; his eight great grandchildren, Devin, Chase, Giovanna, Stephen, Matteo, Wyatt, Chloe and Quinn who were just beginning to learn about this wonderful man. Steve is also survived by many other loving relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 11:30AM. Followed by a burial at Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford with Military Honors. Stephen was a very proud WWII Navy Veteran. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Stephen's name to Home Health Hospice, 7 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, NH 03054 or to the Alzheimer's Association 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am very late in learning of this. My contacts with Mr. Piccolo were through bringing my Dad to the annual Bunker Hill Reunion. I learned of the reunions through my Dad's dermatologist. I was always so grateful for the event and for the organizing that it took. My Dad would always moan when I told him we were going. He would tell me that he wouldn't know anyone. They were Navy; he was a Marine. I would tell him "you were all shipmates". By the end of each gathering, he would be calling out "See you next year!". Now they have all reached safe harbor. Prayers and gratitude.

Posted by Mary Sweeney - Lynn, MA - acquaintance   March 03, 2021

Gilda, Betty, Dorothy and Caroline, on behalf of Dorothy, Beverly and myself (Paul) Simonini our heartfelt condolences to you and the whole family. I always remembered coming up to swim at High St and Steve had the RV parked in the driveway like it was one of his babies. Keep the faith.

Posted by A friend   January 01, 2020

The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call on us at anytime as we are always available to you.

Posted by John W Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - Melrose, MA   December 19, 2019

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