Meet the Chief Marshal for the 228th 4th of July Celebration
Louis P. Cirillo
Last year I pointed out that there are many people who warrant selection as Chief Marshal. Unfortunately or perhaps fortunately I will not be General Chairman enough years to have the honor of selecting them all.
This year I invited an individual whose commitment and service to the community is extensive and well known. In my experience he exhibits one of my favorite management approaches; the answer is yes, what is the question. That is, he is always willing and ready to assist if it is all possible.
While in Florida swimming in the pool, relaxing in the hot tub, supporting Red Sox Spring training, as I blocked out the Yankees, I considered how I could introduce the 228th Chief Marshal without all knowing within a few sentences. You probably know already.
The 228th Celebration Chief Marshal has traveled to many places in the world for both business and pleasure and declares adamantly that he would never wish to live anywhere but in Bristol. He has spent all of his life and most of his career in this town and has lived, more-or-less, in an area encompassing just a few blocks his entire life. He is a sixth generation Bristolian whose great-great-great grandfather served in the Civil War from Bristol and whose name, James Lowery, is listed on the stone plaque in this room.
He entered kindergarten in Oliver School for the morning session in September of 1958 with Louise Ruggiero Hunter as his teacher, and about 1963, as an altar boy, was taught to speak Latin by Father Francis Fiorentin. He attended YMCA day camp on Hog Island and lists one of his biggest disappointments as learning that Hog Island is part of Portsmouth and not Bristol. He was a member of Bristol Boy Scout Troop 5 and has served as local fundraising chairman for the Narragansett Council for the past four years
He remembers his first job as filling egg cartons in his grandparent’s grocery market at age five, and for twenty-five years made his living at a Bristol-based company in manufacturing, customer service, and marketing, and finally as the manager of a world-renowned Bristol-originated product line; responsible for its marketing and product application development in the United States around the globe.
His family owns a house on the Fourth of July parade route and has entertained scores of out of town guests, every year for our annual parade, since the 1950s.
He was first elected in public office in November of 1982, and counts among the most gratifying accomplishments occurring during his tenure; the establishment of the Town’s paramedic program, the hiring of a full-time professional fire chief, and the purchase of the land on Bristol Harbor now known as Walley Park
He has read nearly everything that has been written about Bristol and has presented speaking programs about our Town’s history for over thirty years. One humorous program entitled “Bristol’s Unique” appeared all over the State on cable television. He has been a frequent public speaker and delivered the firemen’s memorial address in 1985 and 2005, the Bristol Memorial Day address in 2007, and was 4th of July Interfaith speaker in 2008. A very moving line from that speech is quoted in the recently published “The Faces of Bristol’s Spirit.” A prolific writer, he was a principal contributor to Bristol, Three Hundred Years in 1980, authored numerous articles appearing in the East Bay Newspapers, and was a regular columnist for the now-defunct East Bay Living magazine. His publication entitled “Learning about Bristol” has been provided by him to our public schools to teach third and fourth graders about our Town for the past eleven years.
The 228th Celebration Chief Marshal is in his ninth year at his current job and earned it in one of the closest elections in recent Bristol history; winning his seat by a mere 38 votes. Since that time he has run unopposed and has been reelected four times.
He has been married to Susan, his best friend, for over forty years, and the couple has one son, William and one grandson Brendan.
His present job titles include, Registrar of Vital Records, Recorder of Deeds, Custodian of the Town Seal, Clerk of the Board of Canvassers, Clerk/Magistrate of the Municipal Court, Clerk of the Probate Court, Clerk of the Board of Licensing, and Town Council Clerk.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is an honor and privilege for me to introduce the 2013 Bristol 4th of July Celebration Chief Marshal, Louis P. Cirillo.
Chief of Staff
Susan E. Cirillo
Honorary Chief of Staff
Louis J. Cirillo
Paul A. Cirillo, Sr.
William D. Cirillo
Norma Cirillo Floyd
Junior Chief Aides
Brendan William Cirillo
CW3 Joseph P. Alfano
Capt. Anthony Bisbano, Jr. (Posthumous)
1st Sgt. Richard Enos
MG Kevin R. McBride –
Honorary Military Aides
Louis P. Alfano, Jr.
Ralph E. Cirillo
Joseph R. Medeiros
H. Bennett Burnham
Paul Cirillo, Jr.
K. Brewer Doran
Lee Ann Sylvia