Ernest D. Ciardello, 89, Worked 47 Years at Western Electric

Ernest_CiardelloErnest D. Ciardello, 89, of Haverhill, died suddenly, Thursday morning, April 14, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

He was born in Lawrence April 4, 1927, son of the late Ernest and Lucy (Borrelli) Ciardello. He was a proud product of the Tarbox grammar school, Lawrence, and Lawrence High School. Ciardello worked 47 Years at the former Lucent Technologies in North Andover. No conversation with him could escape the inevitable reference to his many friends at “The Valley” and how he continuously kept his colleagues fed with Benedetti’s Subs & Heaven’ly donuts. He took care of his friends as if they were his family. And as part of his family he always made you feel important and loved. Whether it was the checkout counter girl at Market Basket Supermarket or his dear friends at Mike’s Sunoco, he was always quick to engage people in what might start as a brief conversation, but would often turn into a long and caring friendship. He was a member of Order Sons of Italy in America, Victor Emanuel Lodge 1646 and Haverhill Elks Lodge 165. While Ciardello was an avid bowler in his earlier years and loved all sports, he held a special place in his heart for the Red Sox and was thrilled when his daughters surprised him by taking him to a game at Fenway Park for his 80th birthday. He loved his summer vacations at Forrest Glen Inn, North Conway, N.H.. These times were a highlight for the entire family and often included up to 25 friends and family members.

Ciardello was predeceased by his brother Raymond. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Betty (Cerasuolo) Ciardello of Haverhill; three daughters, Debra and her husband Stephen Wersoski Jr. of Haverhill, Sheila and her husband Mark Landers of Haverhill and Marcy and her husband Peter Boucher of East Kingston, N.H.; six grand children, Ryan Hughes, Emily Barbosa, Monique Boucher, Christopher Landers, Jillian Boucher and Benjamin Landers; six great grandchildren; and nephew Raymond and niece Maryann Cardella.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours Monday, April 18, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the H.L. Farmer and Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St., Haverhill. His funeral service will follow the calling hours at 6:15 p.m. Interment will be private and at the convenience of his family. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the MSPCA at Nevins Farms, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.