Honorary Director of the 2000 & 2006 Cotati Accordion Festival
Vincent J. Cirelli 1920-2012
Vincent Joseph Cirelli
Resident of South San Francisco
Age 91, revered accordion craftsman, loving father, trusted friend to many, passed away peacefully in his sleep on
Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Vincent, the son of Italian immigrants, born on December 21, 1920, grew up in the North Beach area of San Francisco. There he began learning the art of accordion building, developing skills as a young boy that he perfected throughout his lifetime. His talent, coupled with a warm hearted, sincere demeanor, garnered him the respect and adoration of many who crossed his path. Upon serving honorably in the U.S Coast Guard, Vincent returned home after World War II. He traveled around the country for two years playing one of his specially made accordions on a train tour sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. In 1946 Vincent opened his accordion business in San Francisco where he began growing his business into a distinguished hub for musicians in the Bay Area and throughout the United States. He had an enduring career for nearly 65 years doing what he loved, and more importantly, surrounded by those he loved.
He is survived by his loving children, Diane Marie Smith and Vincent Felice Cirelli; grandchildren Sheri Ann Carter, Vincent Joseph Cirelli, and Vincent George Smith; great-grandchildren; Alyssa Ann Cirelli, Victoria Marie Carter, and Caden Carmello Carter. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Ann Victoria Pirolo, parents Felice and Carmella Cirelli, and his sister Alice Vorhis.
Family and friends may visit on Thursday, October 4, 2012 after 4:00 PM and are welcome to attend the Vigil service at 7:00 PM at CHAPEL OF THE HIGHLANDS, 194 Millwood Drive at El Camino Real in Millbrae. Private services and interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the .
Chapel of the Highlands, Millbrae
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on October 2, 2012
My interview was conducted in July 2007, Penngrove, California at the annual Accordion Club of the Redwoods picnic.
This is a summary of that delightful conversation with Vince Cirelli.
December 21, 1920 – September 29, 2012