Nick J. Cirignani
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Cirignani, Nick J.

Nick J. Cirignani, 72, passed away May 25, 2021 of complications from heart surgery. Nick grew up near Grand and Ogden Ave., "the Patch", near downtown Chicago. He graduated from St. Philip Basilica High School and soon after began working for the Chicago & North Western Railroad. It was a great place to work (we called it the "gravy train") and Nick kept working on the railroad for 36 years. His wife, Lydia, also worked for the C & NW and they met at the Caboose, the bar just next to the C & NW lobby. After a few weeks, some verbal jousting and several drinks, they finally went out and that was that. They moved to Cloud 10 and stayed there for 33 years. Nick was a dedicated grill master and often had 3 or 4 Weber charcoal grills set up like timpani drums, with a different entree on each. Sometimes he used a smoker too and of course had all the accessories - the pizza rack and lid, the rotisserie attachment, and the you name it, to make anything and everything. When he met Helga, his Viking gas grill, there were no limits. Nicky loved music more than most and would often park right in front of the speakers with the volume set to max and then fall asleep! Nicky always did say, "I sleep the sleep of the just". And so he sleeps now, after a good life and a brave fight. Rest well, Nicky. Services private. Memorials may be made to Mercy Home for Boys and Girls 1140 W. Jackson Blvd Chicago, IL 60607.

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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on May 30, 2021.
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June 6, 2021
We loved Nicky dearly and will miss him deeply. "I give you this one thought to keep I am with you still - I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning´s hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not think of me as gone - I am with you still - in each new dawn."
Dona Murphy
Family
May 31, 2021
It was an honor and pleasure to know and work with Nick, he will be deeply missed. I worked with Nick for many years at CNW Railroad in Chicago and he always had a smile and laugh to share. My heart goes out to all that will miss him, my deepest condolences Lydia. I sure remember the fun times at Caboose Lounge.
Russell Corcoran
May 30, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. I lived on Hubbard St. with Nick and his family..
Kathleen Browne Tedeschi
Friend
May 30, 2021
We are profoundly sorry to hear of this loss for you, Lydia may your memories on Nicky find you some peace that you know he is resting with Our Lord God and has reunited with his family...we pray that the everlasting light shine upon him in Heaven.
Dan and Vince Cirignani
Family
May 30, 2021
It was an honor and privilege to know and work with Nick during our relationship at CNW Railroad in Chicago. He will be missed and is loved.
Russell Corcoran
May 28, 2021
Nick was a sweetheart...he just loved everyone regardless of who you were...so glad you came into my life...i will miss you my friend...RIP ❤
Mary Thompson
Friend
May 28, 2021
Nicky was a great cousin and we enjoyed our times together. RIP
Lipps Victoria.
Family
May 27, 2021
My sweet cousin Nicky . His work here is finished now. He is in the presence of The Lord now. I cherish many childhood memories. Rest in Peace.
Fiameta ( Bubbles )
Family
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