Steven J. Cicoria

  • Born: August 11, 1941
  • Died: January 23, 2020
  • Location: Groton, Connecticut

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1949

Tribute & Message From The Family

Stephen J. Cicoria, 78, of Groton, CT, formerly of Melrose, MA, died peacefully at Beverly Hospital on January 23rd surrounded by family after battling Alzheimer's.

He is survived by his ten nieces and nephews, his beloved cat, Tootsie, as well as many life-long friends, most especially, Marlene Ross.

Steve was born in Boston on July 11, 1941 to the late Nicolas and Maria (Rinaldi) Cicoria, who immigrated from Italy in the early 1900s.

The youngest of six children, he was deeply loved by his late sisters, Caroline Simpson, Florence Corso and Louise Tallent and his late brother, Anthony Cicoria.

He graduated Melrose High School in 1961 and went on to attend Boston University as an Engineering student, graduating in 1965.

He worked for 35 years at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, CT, as an engineer, designing submarines. His expertise was such that even after retiring he was asked to return on a part-time basis to mentor young engineers in the field.

Steve's passion in life was fishing. He lived and fished extensively on the waters of Fisher's Island Sound in CT. He also traveled to many locations including Grand Lake Stream, Maine, in search of Landlocked Salmon, the Connecticut River for Rainbow Trout, the High Sierras for Golden Trout, Fisher's Island for Striped Bass, Pine Island Sound for Snook and Redfish, and the Florida Keys and Spanish Wells, Bahamas, for the elusive Bonefish. He once exchanged casting tips with Ted Williams in a parking lot in the Florida Keys. He founded and served as president of the Connecticut Rhode Island Coastal Flyfishers association. Many of his nieces and nephews had the joy of having their first fishing experience at Uncle Steve's side, using a rod from his extensive collection.

Steve had a great love and respect for the natural world, supporting numerous organizations including the Audubon Society and Trout Unlimited.

There will be a Celebration of Life to honor him this summer at the Groton Elks at 700 Shennecossett Rd, Groton, CT, on Friday, July 24th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to hear of Steve's passing my condolences to his family. I fished with Chico when he was a member of the Malden Anglers fly fishing club .
I don't think he liked his nickname but it stuck, I was telling friends of his passing and they couldn't remember him until I used his alias. He was a good friend of my brother jimmy who passed a few years ago. He was a good fisherman, Tight lines in heaven Chico john collins

Posted by John collins - melrose, MA - Friend   April 19, 2020

Lost touch with Chico after high school. Spent a lot of time playing baseball at Lincoln School and also played hockey with him. Good kid. Often wondered where he ended up. Sounds like he had a great life. I can vision Chico striking up a conversation with Teddy Ballgame. Rest in peace Chico from Jeep.

Posted by Gene Gerry - Tewksbury, MA - Classmate   April 08, 2020

I remember Chico as a good kid. So sorry to hear of his troubles and passing. My condolences to the family.

Posted by Marlene Bell - Melrose, MA - Acquaintance   April 06, 2020

I moved next to Steve November 1st 2018. Right away we became good friends as we both loved fly fishing. Even on that late date, he still managed to take me out on his boat in November and it was a pleasure to spend time with him. Unfortunately, he was not well in 2019 and we didn't get out much but we did get out on his boat in September that year, perhaps his last time out. He was very smart, thoughtful, kind, always willing to spend time to talk and thought of others ahead of himself. He liked to fish but only to catch and release them. He was a strong environmentalist, thinking of ways to preserve, protect and make the environment better. I will very much miss him. My sincere condolences to his family.

Posted by Frank Leigner - Groton, CT - Neighbor   April 05, 2020

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