A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE
ANIBAL "CH ICKIE"
JANUARY 21, 1945 APRIL 18, 1997
MONDAY, APRIL 28,1997, 10:00 A.M. TO 12:30 P.M.
JOHN THOMAS FUNERAL HOME
MONDAY, APRIL 28,1997, 1:00 P.M. TO 2:00 P.M.
OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP PARISH
MONDAY, APRIL 28, 1997, 2:00 P.M.
OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP PARISH
M t.,-,E ETERY, ST. THOMAS, VIRGIN ISLANDS
P. Thomn.y .,
IN THE WEEK BEFORE HIS DEATH
CHICKIE COMPOSED THIS LETTER
THAT HE WANTED CONVEYED AT THIS TIME
To my family and friends ...
to all wonderful people in my beloved islands:
want to thank you all for that you have done for me
during the time of my illness. Thank you to all those
who sent me cards, tapes and messages of love; to all
those who raised funds to help me to pay my medical expenses;
to all those who baked for me; to all those who prayed for me;
to all those of you who helped to lighten the load that cancer
imposes on a family; to all of you, the people of St. Thomas, St.
Croix and St. John, who surrounded me with the love that
sustained me through this difficult time.
Most of all I want to thank you all for allowing me to do the
work I love to do all these years. It was a privilege to have
May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.
nibal Cayetano Mordglio was born in Ensenada
Guanica, Puerto Rico on January 21, 1945 to Juan
and Onelia Morciglio. He is the third of four children
- one brother Rafael and two sisters, Dolores and Francis.
In 1953 the family moved to St. Croix where his father was
employed by VICORP, now known as WAPA. There, Chiquin,
as he was named as a small boy, attended the St. Mary's school
and the Christiansted Elementary School. In 1958 the family
moved to Bournefield in St. Thomas where Chiquin became
known as "Chickie" and he attended Nisky Demonstration
School now called Ulla F. Muller Elementary School.
Chickie's life of community service began in 1964 when he,
along with some friends started the St. Thomas Motorcycle
Club to promote safe biking. He was instrumental in having
legislation passed requiring all island motorcyclists to wear
Realizing that the islands lacked any rescue response system,
"Chickie", along with several other members of the St. Thomas
community, started the Mid-Town Rescue Squad which would
later become St. Thomas Rescue. The Rescue worked to augment
the activities of the Virgin Islands Civil Defense where all
Rescue Squad members worked as volunteers. Since then the
Rescue Squads in the Virgin Islands have grown to become
some of the most professional in the nation.
"Chickie" was asked to join the Virgin Islands Civil Defense,
which would become the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency
Management Agency, where he was promoted to Field
Operations Officer and eventually Deputy Director of St.
Thomas. At the time he fell ill, he was Deputy Director of
VITEMA for St. John.
"Chickie" received many honors for his service to this
community. Among them, distinguished Volunteer Service
Medals from President Ronald Reagan and recognition from
the Department of Public Safety and the Business and
Professional Women's Club who presented him with their
Distinguished Service Medal. Over 100 commendations were
awarded to Chickie who served the Virgin Islands during every
storm and hurricane since the late 1960's.
"Chickie" ran and operated several night clubs on St. Thomas.
He became well known for his "famous roast pork". Chickie's
lechon was famous. He lived a happy and productive life and
gave of himself unselfishly to the betterment of his community.
He made a difference.
In July 1996, Chickie was diagnosed with cancer. As he had
done all his life, Chickie embarked on yet another crusade to
save lives by pleading with others to get regular checkups to
encourage early detection of possible cancer.
On Friday, April 18, 1997, with Joan his companion of 20
years, his mother Onelia, his brother, sisters and other close
relatives and friends at his bedside, Chickie bid us farewell.
The family asks that you not mourn Chickie's passing but
celebrate his life here on earth and his new life with his Lord.
May he rest in peace.
COMPANION OF 20 YEARS
MOTHER AND FATHER
Juan and Onelia Morciglio
Dolores Velasquez, Francis Wenner
John, Anibal, Anthony Morciglio
Angelica and Naneen Morciglio
SJose Velazquez, Winston Wenner
D :Diana Collier, Genoveva Hernandez,
i.:orensia Calderon, Cruz Improta, Lea Vega
Angel; Anibal, Francisco Calderon,.Candido Morciglio
6 grandchildren, 10 nieces and nephews
Many other relatives and friends
ORDER OF SERVICE
April 28, 1997
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish
St. Thomas, USVI
Celebrant... Reverend Father Cecil C. Corneille
ENTRANCE HYMN ............... Morning Has Broken
FIRST READING ....................... Wis. 3:1-9
RESPONSORIAL PSALM ............ Ps. 23: 1.3, 3-4, 5, 6
SECOND READING' ................... Rom.5:5-11
GOSPEL HOMILY ..... Reverend Father Cecil C. Corneille
OFFERTORY HYMN ........... You'll Never Walk Alone
SIGN OF THE PEACE ........... Bind Us Together #270
COMMUNION HYMN ............. Just As I Am #324
FINAL COMMENDATION AND FAREWELL
RECESSIONAL HYMN ................... I'll Fly Away
GRAVESIDE HYMN ................. The Lord's Prayer
Albert Aubain / Frankie O'Marrow / Elmo Rabsatt, Jr.
Steve Olive / Rafael Morciglio / Efrain Feliciano
Emmet Petersen /Jose Velasquez
Joe Krupa / Bill Grogan /Jimmy Loveland /Jimmy Dalmida
Hank Quetel / Patrick:Deery /PatBenjamin / Lt. Clarence Hansby
LUndy Tatreau / Teresa Sabiid /Jodi Davis / Winston Wenner
SDan Carlson / Tomas Santana
FRIENDS PAY TRIBUTE
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MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR
Barbara and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of
Anibal "Chickie" Morciglio, and we want to express our most
heartfelt sympathy to his entire family. He was an all-giving and
caring individual who went above and beyond the call of duty to
help those who could not help themselves. Whether it was a
hurricane or a car accident, Chickie was there to lend a helping
hand to the victims. Without a doubt, our community has lost
someone very special.
Just recently, his friends and numerous persons from through-
out the Virgin Islands who knew Chickie organized a fund-raising
event in his honor. Clearly, it was a way to let him know that he
was being thought of and that the community he eagerly sought
to help also stood ready to support him.
I am also reminded of hearing Chickie on the radio telling us
how well he was coming along with his illness. Many of us were
happy to hear his voice. Chickie had become a symbol for hope in
his battle against cancer. As a cancer specialist, I know the cour-
age and determination that it takes to fight this horrible illness.
The resilience Chickie displayed was nothing short of impressive.
It is my hope that he was somehow able to reach out to others
who suffer from cancer to lift their spirits and encourage them to
keep fighting against this disease.
On behalf of the people of the Virgin Islands, Barbara joins me
in extending our sincere condolences to the family and friends of
Anibal "Chickie Morciglio. We pray that you will find strength
and comfort during this very difficult time.
May God accept Chickie's soul into His Kingdom, and may he
rest in peace.
Roy L Schneider, M.D., Governor
MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE PRESIDENT
My years of admiration for Anibal "Chickie" Morciglio led me
to sponsor a resolution honoring him for his unswerving dedica-
tion to his commitment to be of service to the Virgin Islands ...
and he was ... in ways that earned him a place in the hearts and
minds of scores of Virgin Islanders. He has left us but at least he
came to know by that Resolution, that the people of these islands,
through its representatives, acknowledged that Chickie was not
only a special human being but a blessing to our community.
Senator Lorraine L. Berry, President, 22nd Legislature
TO MY DEAREST FRIEND,
TO MY COMPANION OF TWENTY YEARS,
I WOULD LIKE TO PAY THIS TRIBUTE:
When I first met Chickie I wondered how he would ever
succeed in life. He had no regard for material things, and a savings
plan was out of the question. He did not like politics and would
not "play the game". Chickie preferred work-boots and T-shirts to
executive attire. I thought surely I had much to teach him if he
was to be successful in life. But, in the end, it was he who taught
Chickie pursued life with enthusiasm. He painted children's
swings in the park, rescued someone's child from a crash, cooked
turkeys for the homeless at thanksgiving and patched the old
lady's storm-torn roof when no one else would. He saw the best
in people without regard to social standing. He taught me that life
is about people, not a savings account or clothes or fancy houses.
When Chickie became ill and could not help himself, a thou-
sand hands in this community reached out to hold him up. If life
is about people, then Chickie you are truly a greater success than
my plan could have ever made you, and I and your community
salute you for this.
Good-bye my dearest friend. May God show to you the love
that you have shown to us.
A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY:
Chiquin was a nickname given to Anibal by family members
when he was a toddler because of his diminutive size. Not in our
wildest dreams did the family imagine that he would grow to
make such an impact on the community we adopted as our own.
Chickie was multi-talented and liked to do the impossible. He
was very creative and self-taught in most of his abilities, such as
guitar playing, sign painting, drawing, photography and mechan-
ics. He was a good son and brother. We will remember him and
all the good that he did.
The outpouring of affection for Chickie from the St. Thomas,
St. Croix and St. John communities was very greatly appreciated.
You gave Chickie his flowers while he was alive. You made the
last month's of Chickie's life worth living. May God bless you all.
The Morciglio, Velasquez and Wenner family
Chickie ... St. Thomas Rescue Squad will continue to achieve
your dream of having our squad meet and surpass the standards
of the best squads in the United States. We will go by the book
and train, train, train just as you would want.
St. Thomas Rescue
Chickie... I enjoyed all these years that we worked together,
especially Carnival time. Although we haven't worked for Carni-
val for a few years, I always talk about the last Carnival that we
worked together. Friend, you were good to me. I might not get
another friend like you, but your memories will be with me
always. Rest in peace, my friend. God knows what's best for you.
Until we meet again.
Andrea A. Callwood and family
Vice President, St. Thomas Rescue
Chickie... You gave so much to the community and requested
so little in return. Most people only knew the public side of you.
The person who risked his life to help others. I was fortunate to
also know your personal side. One of your goals was to work
toward getting people to work together. To ignore all the petty
idiosyncrasies that keep people apart. To come together for the
good of society. You tasked me with the job of running St. John
Rescue and to continue to work toward this objective. You
realized that we have come a long way but that there is still a lot
of work to be done. Now is the time to put aside our differences
and join together as one strong Virgin Islands community.
Elmo L. Rabsatt, Sr.
St. John Rescue
Chickie... Cook, pool shark, bon vivant, EMT, rescue techni-
cian par excellence. In one of his last acts he met cancer just like
he met Hugo, Marilyn and Bertha head on. Just an ordinary guy
who became extraordinary because he truly cared. Looking for-
ward to seeing you later amigo.
Kirk R. Grybowski
The only guy I have known who could wear his radio on his
bikini at the beach. It says it all.