Pel­ham Coun. Mike Ci­olfi dies at 51

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - Lo­cal - SARAH FER­GU­SON

Mike Ci­olfi will be re­mem­bered for his en­ergy, his passion for serv­ing the com­mu­nity and his ded­i­ca­tion to his fam­ily.

“It’s dev­as­tat­ing news for all of us,” John Ma­coretta said, speak­ing about his long­time friend.

Ci­olfi, who was elected in 2018 to serve as a Ward 1 coun­cil­lor for Pel­ham, was 51 years old. He died early Mon­day.

Ci­olfi leaves be­hind his wife, Michele, and two daugh­ters.

News of his sud­den death was con­firmed by Marc Mac­Don­ald, a com­mu­ni­ca­tions spe­cial­ist for the town, but no of­fi­cial cause was given. Ci­olfi is said to have told The Voice of Pel­ham news­pa­per he had a con­firmed case of COVID-19 and was too sick to par­tic­i­pate in an April 6 town meet­ing via video con­fer­ence.

Ma­coretta, who has known Ci­olfi since they were chil­dren, said he was aware his friend was di­ag­nosed with the virus.

“I don’t know if that’s what he suc­cumbed to, but I knew he had it.”

He is de­scribed by Ma­coretta as some­one with a warm and en­er­getic per­son­al­ity who was well liked by ev­ery­one.

Ci­olfi worked at Thurston Ma­chine in Port Col­borne for more than 30 years. His com­mu­nity work also in­cluded vol­un­teer­ing with United Way, Pel­ham Soc­cer, Wel­land Soc­cer and Ni­a­gara Falls Soc­cer.

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