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Daniel Cirella

December 1, 1943 - April 12, 2017

God beckoned Daniel G. Cirella to sit by his side early Wednesday morning, April 12, 2017, from his home in New York City. A two-time Emmy-nominated lighting director, Danny discovered his passion in high school and headed to New York after graduation from Emerson College. He was the first in-house LD at Sesame Street,…read more

God beckoned Daniel G. Cirella to sit by his side early Wednesday morning, April 12, 2017, from his home in New York City. A two-time Emmy-nominated lighting director, Danny discovered his passion in high school and headed to New York after graduation from Emerson College. He was the first in-house LD at Sesame Street, MTV studios, and Oh Calcutta! He spent several years at ABC, and was the guiding light on Guiding Light and Edge of Night, to name only a few accomplishments. Over his long career, his spirit, as well as his lights, would shine on everyone, including presidents, children, actors, divas and priests; on stage, TV, commercials and in churches; on news anchors and talk show hosts, on Dish Nation with Scott and Todd, Good Morning America and ABC Word News. He was not impressed by celebrity but beamed into their souls and character first, and then talents.

Danny was a great storyteller; his eyes sparkled as he unfolded tales of on-set antics or the crazy world around him. He was also a video photographer and screenwriter, connoisseur of good food and movies, had a wicked sense of humor, and understood life’s most-profound mysteries. He never gave up on anyone. Above all, he looked up, and was a true believer in the power and greatness of the Lord; some say he had a direct line. We believe he stands amidst the Master’s light show that earth-bound eyes can’t see … and probably considering which gels to use.

Danny was greeted at heaven’s gates by his parents Angela and Dan Cirella and sister Judi Cirella Loesch. He is survived by his sister Linda Cirella, of Bethel CT, and her children (Rebecca, Bryan, Petra, and Daniel), his brother Edward Cirella and wife Debbie, of Massapequa Park, NY, and their children (Nina, Emily, Grace and Ray), and his companions of many years, Greer Hoffman and Sheila Trichter. He leaves behind scores of bereaved friends and extended family.

A Memorial will be held on Friday, April 28, 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm, at the Massapequa Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Long Island. The funeral mass will be conducted at 1:00 pm, Saturday, April 29, at Holy Trinity Church, 213 W82nd Street, NYC.

 

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Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

Time: 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Massapequa Funeral Home, North Chapel

Address:

1050 Park Boulevard
Massapequa Park, NY 11762

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

Time: 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Massapequa Funeral Home, North Chapel

Address:

1050 Park Boulevard
Massapequa Park, NY 11762

 

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