Arthur Harry “Chick” Piccolo, 75, passed away peacefully on June 30, 2014, in Punta Gorda with his wife and daughter at his side after a yearlong illness.
Born June 22, 1939 to the late Arthur and Carmella (Constanti) Piccolo. Chick grew up in Kenosha Wisconsin. He served in the Marines and in 1961 he married Kay Stanley in Kenosha. After 18 years of marriage, they divorced in 1979. In 1984 he married Susan Grala and moved to Port Charlotte in 1985.
Chick spent most of his life as a meat cutter in Kenosha and Port Charlotte, retiring from Publix after 17 years of service. But, his true life-calling was music. He was the consummate musician/entertainer. He began his music career as a teenager playing drums for the CYO band and the Kingsmen Drum and Bugle corps. He played in several popular Wisconsin bands including the Star Dusters, BB & the Jets, DEJAVU, Main Attraction and Shout. He continued playing drums in Florida for several years before finally achieving his dream by playing with such popular bands as Danny & the Juniors, The Coasters, The Crests, The Casinos & others. Along with music, he enjoyed cooking, his Italian heritage, and making sausage. Although moving to Florida in the ’80s he remained an eternal Green Bay Packer Fan.
He is survived by his wife Susan and their daughters Brooke and Bonni. His sisters, Carmella Willems and Rose Birkholz, brother, Alexander Piccolo, and his first wife Kay Lassen and their children David (Anita) Piccolo, Kenosha, Robert (Bob) Piccolo, Kenosha, and Karen (Mike) McGowan of Port Charlotte, and lots of nieces and nephews. He left 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Lena Bonacce, Mary DeAngelis and Yolanda (La) Tisdale.
There will be a celebration of his life on August 16th at the La Quinta Inn of Port Charlotte Florida from 12pm to 4pm. In lieu of flowers, condolences may be sent in the form of a donation to the charity of your choice.