Loving Father, Grandfather, WWII Veteran
Albert “Pop” Cerelli, 94, of Prospect, passed away peacefully at his home while surrounded by the love of his family on Monday, January 10, 2022. Al was the widower of his beloved wife Louise Cerelli. He was born in New York City, New York on his mother’s birthday May 14, 1927, a son of the late Rose (Spincola) and Victor Cerelli. After high school, Al enlisted in the Navy where he was a sonar specialist on a submarine in WWII. After his honorable service to our country, Al furthered his education to become a Master’s degree prepared chemical engineer. He worked for Ciba Geigy until his retirement in 1994. After retirement, Al moved to Prospect to be near his daughter and family.
Pop was truly a friend and grandfather to all who knew him. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, tennis and especially trips to the casino. He was an accomplished musician, playing the accordion and piano. Pop’s most favorite pastime was watching the NY Mets, NY Jets and UCONN women’s basketball. When asked the secret to his well lived long life, he would say eating hot peppers. Most assuredly his absolute favorite times were spent with his adoring daughter, son in law and grandchildren. He leaves a legacy of dedication to his community and genuine love for family and friends.
Left to cherish his love and memory are his daughter Lisa Rioux and husband Richard with whom he made his home and their three children Emily Wilmot and her husband Ty, Nicholas Rioux and Katie Rioux all of Prospect. As the patriarch of the family, he leaves behind many cousins, nieces, nephews, countless friends and neighbors who were his extended family. Al was predeceased by his wife Louise of 66 years, brothers Victor (Jean) Cerelli and Frank (Rose) Cerelli.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 11:30am at St. Anthony’ Church, 4 Union City Rd, Prospect. All those planning to attend are asked to meet directly at church. Prospect Memorial/ The Palmerie Family Funeral Home is honored to be assisting Albert’s family with the arrangements. For directions or to share a fond memory, photo or words of comfort for the Rioux family, please visit www.prospectmemorial.com.
Albert’s family is forever grateful for the love from family and friends during his lifetime in Prospect. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations, if you so choose , may be made to The Masonic Charity Foundation of CT, PO Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492-7001.