Alfred “Chops” Cianchetti, Jr., 75, beloved husband of Maria Lina (Marrocco) Cianchetti, and son of the late Alfred and Mary (Ventrella) Cianchetti, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2020 accompanied by his family. He was born in Bristol on January 23, 1945 and remained a resident of Bristol. He graduated from St. Anthony High School in 1964, where he played varsity baseball, basketball and soccer while earning several letters. Al was drafted in 1965 during the Vietnam Conflict, and served his country honorably in the United States Army from 1965 through 1967 as an Intelligence Specialist in Germany. Thereafter, he worked for ten years at Pratt & Whitney in Southington. Al was also employed for thirty years as Head Custodian for the Bristol Post Office. He enjoyed cruising downtown Bristol in his red ’67 Corvair convertible and loved to play slow-pitch softball in the Bristol leagues. He also enjoyed going to flea markets all over New England. After his retirement, he passionately completed more than twenty military and veteran memorial projects for Bristol. Al was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, and St. Anthony Church. Along with his devoted wife of nearly 49 years, Al is survived by two sons, Alfred III of Bristol, Anthony and his wife Kate of Cheshire, and a daughter, Tina Cianchetti and David Zeller of Harwinton. Three loving grandchildren, Nicholas Middlebrook, Tess and Reed Cianchetti. A life-long friend and brother-in-law, Sal Marrocco and his wife Linda of Plymouth, MA; two nephews, Marc Marrocco and Peter Cossu. Al had several cousins along with a great friend, Frank Dziubek. Al was predeceased by a sister and brother-in-law, Jeannette and Peter Cossu. Predeceased also by his nephew and “buddy”, Ryan Marrocco. Funeral services will be held on Friday (January 31, 2020) at 9 AM from Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, to St. Anthony Church, 111 School St., Bristol, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM. Burial, with military honors, will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Family and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home on Thursday between 4 and 7 PM.
The family extends their gratitude and thanks to the Bristol Hospital Hospice Team and Drs. Whaley, Marokowitz, and Selinger for the many years of care and friendship. Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis de Sales Parish / St. Anthony Church, 180 Laurel St., Bristol, CT 06010. Please visit Chops memorial web-site at www.FunkFuneralHome.com.
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