Michael Cirillo

Michael David Cirillo

Wednesday, September 13th, 1967 - Monday, August 10th, 2020
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It is with great sadness the family of Michael Cirillo announces his passing on August 10, 2020. Michael, age 52, was born in Philadelphia, PA and resided there until his death.

Cherished and beloved son of the late Thomas and Marie Cirillo. Loving brother of Maria Searle and her husband Joseph, Carmine Cirillo, Theresa Ianelli and her husband Robert, Roseann Bisirri and her husband Ralph, Elaine Combs and her husband Robert, and the late Thomas Cirillo, Jr. Adoring Uncle to his many nieces and nephews.

Michael had a lifelong passion for learning and often called himself a perpetual student. A proud Temple Owl, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in electrical engineering. He continued his education taking courses at Pennco Tech and Penn Foster, an online program. Anytime a technical question needed answering, his mother would always say “Michael knows,” and he always did. Michael loved technology, but not just iPads and iPhones, his most cherished piece of equipment was simply his transistor radio.

Along with his love of radio came a love of music, especially The Beatles. He spent many evenings working out and listening to his music. Michael was also a gifted song writer and a self-taught amateur guitarist.

Michael had a love for the arts and most recently dabbled in culinary arts. He had taken to the kitchen to perfect his homemade ice cream recipe—banana was his favorite.

A true Philadelphian, he was a lifelong Phillies and Eagles fan, who had spent countless hours walking down to old Veteran’s Stadium to root for the home team. He also enjoyed fishing.

Above all, Michael loved Jesus and had unwavering faith in God.

He will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew him.

Funeral service will be private.
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    Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery
    1600 Sproul Road
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William Lennon

Posted at 06:09pm
Michael, I am so sad to hear of your passing. We became best friends when you moved and enrolled at Epiphany in 6th grade. A friendship that took us through high school and into college. We spent our formative years sharing so many memorable moments. From sneaking into every event at The Vet from 1979-83, hitting fly balls for me to shag with your self-corked baseball bat at Southern’s Field, getting us in to so many concerts with meticulously handmade Ticketron tickets, our nightly walks to Kmart to just browse, playing HBA with all the our gang, fishing at The Lakes, listening to the Beatles, our elaborate and successful planning and execution of sneaking into the 1980 and 1983 World Series, the Phillies and Sixers Championship Parades, breaking the Dallas Cowboys heated bench prior to the 1980 NFC Championship game, talking on our CBs, and so many other memories too numerous to mention. Where you were from 1978-1985, I was. Like two peas in a pod. We went our separate ways after that as sometimes happens in life, but I’ve carried our memories and have shared our stories for all these years. And will continue to do so. Thanks for being a great friend. You made my life better.

My condolences to Michael's surviving siblings and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Find comfort in that he made an impact on my life that I treasure.

Elaine Cirillo Posted at 11:32am

William, My family was so touched by your kind, thoughtful words about Michael. We cried happy tears reading about your funny adventures together. It did comfort us knowing how much he impacted your life.

Maria Searle Posted at 11:36am

Hi Bill, my name is Maria, Michael’s sister. On behalf of our family I want to thank you for the beautiful tribute you wrote about our wonderful brother, Michael. As I was reading it, I was laughing and crying at the same time. You guys really had some fun times as kids and teenagers. It meant the world to us to know that your friendship with Michael meant so much to you after all these years. In our mourning for Michael, your words are comforting to us. Thank you and God Bless You

Jason Searle

Posted at 10:59am
Uncle Michael,
I was so sad to hear the news of your passing. I’ll always remember growing up talking about sports, wrestling and how you would record the Pay-pay-view events for Joey, Bobby and I. It made us so happy. Thank you for being my Confirmation Sponsor and I picked the name Michael after you. We were all so proud of your accomplishments and graduating college. We will miss and love you always.

Maria Searle

Posted at 12:32am
My precious brother Michael, I hope you know how much Joe and I loved you. We were so proud of everything you did, like graduating college with honors, different jobs that you worked so hard at, being such a caring and loving dog dad and always looking after mommy and daddy when we weren’t there. Always making sure that mommy went to ShopRite and BJs. Just you being there with them brought them so much happiness. I will miss you so much. I will miss talking to you about sports especially the Phillies and Eagles. I’ll always remember that early Saturday morning that you broke the news to me that the Eagles traded Sam Bradford a week before the season started. You really shocked me with that news but I was happy about it. I’m gonna miss everything about you , Michael. I will think about you everyday. What gives me comfort now is knowing that you found your peace in heaven, a place that is filled with love and happiness. You are with mommy, your best friend, and daddy, Tommy and JT. Until we meet again, RIP my dear brother! Heaven has gained a beautiful angel!

Valerie Cooke

Posted at 04:21pm
Uncle Michael, I was so heartbroken to hear of your passing. I will always remember celebrating your graduation from Temple together as a family. Everyone was so very proud of you, not just for the degree you earned, but for the gentle, kind-hearted person that you were. I hope you know just how much you are loved and missed here on earth. Heaven has gained an angel, until we meet again, love you.

Terry Ianelli

Posted at 03:22pm
My kind and caring brother Michael, words can’t describe the sadness I feel with you gone. Not a day will go by that I don’t think of you. I was always so proud of you and all of your accomplishments. I will treasure the memories that I have with you forever in my heart. I know that you are home in heaven with the Lord where there is only love. Please give mom, dad, Tommy and JT a kiss from me. I love you, Michael, always and forever, until we meet again.

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