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|Giuseppe Antonio "Pino" Cicala|
|Viewing: April 20, 2017 (Thursday) from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.|
Service: April 21, 2017 (Friday) at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Holy Rosary
GIUSEPPE ANTONIO “PINO” CICALA
Pino Cicala died at home in Washington, D.C. on April 10, 2017, in the company of family and friends after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his son and daughter-in law Luigi Charles Cicala and Mary Claire Delaney of New York City; granddaughters Elizabeth Clementine and Margaret Claire Cicala; brother Carmelo Orazio Cicala of Washington, DC; nephew Conte Cicala and nieces Katherine Cicala and Anna Bartley; and his former wife, Jane Holleran Cicala.
Born in Fiumedinisi, Sicily in 1927, Pino immigrated to the United States in 1955 and earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Catholic University in 1960. He retired from a 30-year career in architecture in private practice as the president of Watergate Architectural Interiors in 2001, having worked continuously on the Watergate complex since being hired by Giuseppe Checci during the landmark’s early development.
In 1958, while still a student at Catholic University, Pino became the producer and host ofThe Italian Melodies Hour, an Italian music and interview program founded four years earlier by his brother Carmelo Cicala. The program communicated positive messages about the lives and contributions of Italians and Italian Americans over its 50 year broadcast history, the precursor of both Panorama Italiano Televisionand AntennItalia which brought live Italian soccer to the Washington area. Following this came the creation of the information website and “key to Washington Italiana” AMICO (www.italianamericancommunications.org), an ongoing resource devoted to spreading Italian cultural awareness in the nation’s capital and throughout the United States.
A pillar of the local Italian American community, Pino was a founder of the National Italian American Foundation in 1975 and was recently honored with the foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Community Leadership Award presented at their 2014 annual gala. He was a fervent supporter and leader of several Italian American organizations including the Lido Civic Club where he was honored as Man of the Year, and served twice as president; the Italian Cultural Society of Washington, where he oversaw the creation of the Italian Language Program; president of Friendship Heights Rotary Club; and co-founder and president of the Roma Lodge, the Fiumedinisi Lodge, and the International Lodge of the Order of Sons of Italy in America, OSIA. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Columbus Day celebration, observed yearly at the monument of the statue of Christopher Columbus at Union Station Plaza.
Pino was knighted by the President of the Italian Republic in 1990 as a Cavaliere dell' Ordine al Merito della Republica Italiana, the highest ranking honor of the republic, awarded for "merit acquired by the nation" in the fields of literature, the arts, economy, public service, and social, philanthropic and humanitarian activities and for long and conspicuous service in civilian and military careers; and again in 2003 he was bestowed the title Comandatore dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarietá, which recognizes civilian and military expatriates or foreigners who make an outstanding contribution to the preservation and promotion of national prestige abroad, promoting friendly relations and co-operation with other countries and ties with Italy.
Visitation will take place at the DeVol Funeral Home located at, 2222 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington DC 20007, from 5-8PM on Thursday, April 20th. Valet parking is available. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Rosary Church, 595 3rd Street, NW, Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 21th at 10AM. Parking is available nearby at Central Parking and SP+ Parking, both at 501 3rd Street.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Pino’s name to The National Italian American Foundation Scholarship Fund or to Holy Rosary Church.
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