Giacinto "Gino" Cicco
Giacinto “Gino” Cicco, 67, of Scranton passed away Wednesday, May 9th2018 with his loving family by his side.
Born in Nocera Terinese Provincia di Catanzaro, Italy, he was the son of the late Giuseppe and Erminia Luigi Cicco. Gino immigrated to the United States in 1963 along with his family as a young man and settled in the Providence section of Scranton.
He attended North Scranton Junior High School and was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and the University of Scranton where he earned his bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate. He taught Spanish with the Scranton School District and was later employed by the City of Scranton as Parks and Recreation Supervisor.
He had a very strong entrepreneurial spirit, and it was not long until he started to work for himself. He operated the San Mango D’Aquino Club Bar where he worked many long hours, but it was a labor of love. He enjoyed being with his many customers that in short time would become friends; people from all walks of life which he welcomed as he would his family.
In the early 1980s he purchased Granteed’s Pizza from his good friend and mentor the late Frank Puteri. He served countless University of Scranton students and local residents right up until his illness. Over the years he also owned and operated other restaurants and bars - he was a true icon of Mulberry Street. Gino was passionate about the sport of soccer, both as a player having played for the University of Scranton and also as a fan throughout his life. He never passed up an opportunity to watch an important match, enjoying not only the game but also the camaraderie of the people he would watch games with.
Gino had many successes in life but the one he was most proud of was his children. He was so very proud of them not only for their many accomplishments, but also because he was able to instill in them the importance of a strong education, family, faith, of being productive citizens, and respectful of others – treating people as they would like to be treated. He was loved and will be missed immensely by his loving children, family, and numerous people be called friends.
He was a long-time member of St. Vincent de Paul Church until its closing. Now a member of Mary Mother of God Parish, Societa Sportiva Italia, Charted member of the Festa Italian of Lackawanna County Committee, and the San Mango D’Aquino Mutual Benefit Society where he was currently serving as president.
Surviving are his children, Christina and fiancé Robert Pfender, Catherine, Gina, Joseph, Michael, Matthew; two sisters Gisella Trunzo and husband Angelo, Ohio, and Jenny Cali, Scranton; a brother-in-law Thomas Cairo, California; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Maria Cairo.
The funeral will be conducted on Tuesday, from the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave. with mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am in Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St. Entombment Cathedral Cemetery Mausoleum will follow. Friends and family may call on Monday, from 4 pm to 8 pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Cody Barrasse Memorial Foundation. 1000 Wyoming Ave. Scranton, PA 18509.