Leo P. Chirello, 86

FULTON, NY – Leo P. Chirello, 86, of Fulton, passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse, surrounded by his family, following a long illness.

Leo P. Chirello
Leo P. Chirello

He retired from the Sealright Company in Fulton after 45 years as a graphic designer and department manager.

Leo was an active member of the Fulton Lions Club for more than 40 years, where he served as president and was awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship, Lions International’s highest service award.

He is responsible for the graphic design of posters and logos for many of the club’s service projects, including Charby’s Duck Derby, Lions Loot, Comedy Night, Pancake Breakfast, Swing 4 Service, and many more.

As a freelance graphic artist, Leo designed the official seal of the city of Fulton, the logos for Fulton’s Cracker Barrel Fair, the Holy Family Church Bazaar and contributed his keen creativity to many projects for local businesses.

Leo was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving in combat with a heavy mortar company in the 45th Infantry Division “Thunderbird.”

He was recognized for his service as a member of Syracuse Honor Flight, Mission 09 in April 2017.

He was an active communicant of Holy Family Church, serving as a lector, and on many committees.

After the church closed, Leo attended St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church in Baldwinsville.

He also enjoyed dancing, bowling, golf and Syracuse University football and basketball.

Above all, Leo loved being a dad, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 65 years, Rita Pastena Chirello; children, Stephen (Cathy) Chirello of Fulton, Mary Mullaney of Kingston, JoAnne Sherwood of Camillus, Patricia (Nicholas) DeGelorm of Fulton and Leo A. (Daphne) Chirello of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren, Gina Sherwood of Vermont, Greg and Douglas Sherwood of Oswego, Caitlin (Jeff) Besio and Mary Chirello of Baldwinsville, Patrick (Patti) Mullaney of Syracuse, Daniel Mullaney of New York City, Bella DeGelorm and Anthony DeGelorm both of Fulton; great-granddaughters, Maeve Mullaney of Syracuse and Emily Besio of Baldwinsville; his sister, Catherine (William) Langdon of Fulton; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Leo and Mary Cosemento Chirello; brother, Anthony Chirello; and sister, Mary Cortez.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 11, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church, 3494 Route 31, Baldwinsville.

Contributions are encouraged to the Fulton Lions Club, P.O. Box 727, Fulton, NY 13069.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.



  1. Leo was a true gentlemen, down to earth, hard worker and good sense of humor. He served both his country and his community admirably. All of us in the Lions Club are saddened at the loss of our friend. My deepest condolences to Rita, Steve and the entire Chirello family during this difficult time.

  2. We are saddened to hear of the passing of Leo.The Fulton Community and certainly the members of the Fulton Lions Club of which Leo was a member for over 40 years will miss his effect that he had on all who knew him.Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wonderful family.

  3. I worked with Leo at Sealright for many years. He was not only a good friend and outstanding employee but one of the nicest people I have known. One of my favorite things to do after retirement was to have lunch with Leo and other retired Sealrighters while sharing life updates, jokes and fond memories. My sympathy to Rita and the Chirello family. I am saddened by his passing as Leo will be missed by all who knew him.

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