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Obituary: Louis G. Picciano

Louis G. Picciano, affectionately known as “Lou,” was a warm-hearted, traditional gentleman with a mischievous sense of humor. He passed away after a short illness on July 8, 2009 at St. Francis Medical Center in Roslyn. He was 96.

Lou was born at home on Mott Street in Manhattan’s Chinatown on Oct. 27, 1912. His family moved in 1926 to Manhasset where he attended Manhasset High School, graduating in 1931. After being discharged from the Army following his service during WWII, he and his wife, Ann Ciminera, whom he married on June 25, 1944, moved to Port Washington, where they raised their two children.

He worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier from 1946 until his retirement in 1969. Walking was a large part of this work and he continued his walks well into retirement, walking miles either through town or along the beach when vacationing in Florida. A family friend noted that he could set his watch to an exact time when he saw Lou walk by.

In Lou’s younger days, he enjoyed tennis and golf, with a special passion for fishing. One of his greatest pleasures was going out on all-day charter boats from the South Shore of Long Island.

In his retirement, Lou and Ann vacationed in Florida for 18 years during the winter months. There they had a community of friends, and those friendships continued up north with many visits to each other’s homes during the summer season.

He and Ann celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary at a dinner attended by their children and grandchildren.

Family was extremely important to him, having come from a large one himself. He had five sisters and two brothers, all of whom predeceased him.

He is survived by his wife Ann; his children, Anthony (wife Gloria) and Annette (husband Lou); and his grandchildren, Anthony (wife Mistina), Alex and Louis. He had a “life well-lived” and will never be forgotten by his family and friends.