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Orazio Ciccarelli

April 19, 1943 — November 27, 2022

S. Chesterfield

Orazio A. Ciccarelli, Ph. D., 79, of South Chesterfield, passed away November 27, 2022. He was born in Rome, Italy on April 19, 1943 to the late Antonio and Maria Ciccarelli and was preceded in death by his sister, Eleuteria. Dr. Ciccarelli was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, S. Chesterfield, and was a professor and Chairman of history at the University of Southern Mississippi for over 30 years. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Peggy Ciccarelli; children, Dr. Lisa Ciccarelli Shah (Amar) and Andrew Ciccarelli; grandchildren, Roman and Dylan Shah; brothers, Rocco (Marie), Bernardo (Ann), and Gino (Rosa) Ciccarelli; sister, Gemma Lignini (Duilo); and close friends, Marie Ascenza and Edgardo Scian.  He was a loving and gentle husband and father.  Orazio loved his family, cooking, traveling, reading, watching the news....  and the Giants!  He also loved laughing- we will miss him forever.   A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at the Colonial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory, 2033 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, Virginia 23834. Flowers are welcome, or in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Parkinson’s Foundation ( or to Doctors Without Borders (

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Saturday, December 10, 2022

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E. Alvin Small Funeral Home, Colonial Heights Chapel

2033 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, VA 23834

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