Pelham Coun. Mike Ciolfi dies at 51
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.