Former owner of Chateau de Ville, Montvale Plaza

Published in the December 1, 2016 edition

NORTH READING — Mario D. Ciroli passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Nov. 24, 2016. He was 87. Mario was born in Boston, raised in Medford and graduated from Medford High School class of 1946. He was a Winchester resident for 40 years and had settled in North Reading for the latter part of his life.

Mario was the son of the late Louis and Carmella (Cavotta) Ciroli. He was the beloved brother of Louise Liberatori of North Carolina, the late Anthony Ciroli, Carmen Ciroli and Gilda Apruzzesi. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Mary A. (Guarnotta) Ciroli; his children, Debra D’Andraia and her husband Donald, Marleen Goddard and her husband Robert and the late Doreen Costa. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren, two great–grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and extended family who were “the World” to this family man.

Mario is best known in New England as the visionary and CEO of the Chateau de Ville function facilities and The Montvale Plaza. He brought so much joy and glamour to New Englanders by providing luxurious function facilities in the ’70s and ’80s. He provided luxury wedding packages at an affordable price and took great joy in making sure his brides were treated like princesses. He then transformed those facilities into dinner theaters and celebrity showrooms, bringing in top entertainment such as Johnny Carson, Don Rickles, Wayne Newton, Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdink, and many others. He was the largest employer of Actors Equity at the time. He employed over 1,800 people in the New England area during his reign as CEO. He was loved and respected by all his employees from waitresses to management. He had an incredible sense of class and style and taught many who worked for him valuable business experience by following his leadership. Mario was a man of generosity, ingenuity and family devotion, he was a down to earth, kind and humorous man who loved his family and friends. He will be missed by all.

Family and friends gathered for visiting hours at the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford, Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass celebrated in St. Mary Church, Winchester. Services concluded with burial at Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. Late U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War.