Louis R. Cicconi, Sr. Jul 08, 1927 - Sep 29, 2019
Louis Robert Cicconi, Sr., of Glen Mills, Pennsylvania passed away in the comfort of his home on Sunday morning, September 29, 2019.
Lou was born on July 8, 1927 in Philadelphia and served in the US Military during WWII in the Coast Guard. Soon after he was married to the love of his life, Catherine Ann Patriarca, for 60 years until her passing in 2012. He is survived by his children Robert “Bob” Cicconi (Rose Smolka) of West Chester, Gayle Hudson of Glen Mills, Guy & Gina Cicconi of Las Vegas, Lou Cicconi, Jr. (Frankie Ward) of Thornton, and his grandson, Brett Hudson (Amanda Joseph) of Media.
Lou was mechanically inclined and was fascinated by the most difficult automotive challenges. As a teenager, he taught himself to rebuild transmissions and later perfected a method to properly repair fiberglass, which was just becoming prevalent in the marketplace. He established Cicconi Auto Body in 1961 and specialized in Corvette repair. As his business grew, he invested in real estate and launched the racing careers of his sons. Lou thrived in the competitiveness of automobile racing and his cars were always on the forefront of innovation.
Lou had a big heart and was always a proponent of the underdog, being the first one to lend a helping hand in time of need. Lou loved his family, friends, customers, the racing community and his around-the-clock caregivers who made him happy and comfortable when his COPD immobilized him.
Visitation: Saturday, October 19th, from 8:30am to 10:15am at Saint Thomas the Apostle, 430 Valleybrook Rd, Glen Mills, PA. Memorial Mass Saturday, October 19 at 10:30am at the church. The inurnment will be private. Lunch will be served immediately following the Mass at the Concordville Inn Restaurant, 780 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA 19342.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of the following charities:
St. Peter Cathedral School, 310 West 6th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
COPD Foundation, 3300 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134
Checkered Flag Fan Club Injured Race Driver’s Fund, P.O. Box 79, Kutztown, PA 19530
St. Thomas The Apostle Church
Begins: Oct 19, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am430 Valleybrook Road
Glen Mills, PA 19342
Joe Payne says:Submitted on: Oct 19, 2019
Rest In Peace old friend. Condolences to the Cicconi Family. Betty & Joe Payne Sr.
Buddy Wolfe says:Submitted on: Oct 19, 2019
Lou and Bob, our most sincere condolences to you and your families from myself and my son. Believe it or not, your dad had a quiet way about him which was instrumental in guiding my son in his wild late teen years to learn a trade and not just get a job. Bruce has been a machinist for 7 years now. We are very both thankful. Godspeed to all. Buddy and Bruce Wolfe
Frank DiSantis says:Submitted on: Oct 19, 2019
Lou jr. and family, I’m apologize for not being able to attend your dads services due to a sudden change in family functions. Your pop was a pioneer in the industry and as I remember him, a very brilliant and astute man that you should be proud of. Your pop obviously had great forsite in the real estate that enhanced the Cicconi family. Again, my warmest condolences
Tracey Bolton-Fala says:Submitted on: Oct 16, 2019
Lou and family, I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your dad! May you find peace in your memories of him! Thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Tom Chermol Jr says:Submitted on: Oct 15, 2019
Mr. Cicconi was tremendous at his trade. my family has dealt with Cicconi Auto Body for 50+ years. Every time we went to pick up a car the work was exceptional and Mr Cicconi was outside, always with a smile on his face. He took great pride in his work and made sure you were happy with the result. He has instilled that attitude in his son Lou. His legacy will live on for many more years in Lester, Pa. and he will be missed. Sincere Condolences to his entire family.