Richard Leo Chillemi

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Richard L. Chillemi, age 82, who was born & raised in Tarrytown, New York died on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 of Alzheimer's disease & pneumonia. He received his B.A. from George Washington University & then enrolled in the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. Following Fletcher, he was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholorship for a year's study at Sydney, Australia. During World War II, Mr. Chillemi was a carrier based USN pilot & resigned from the Navy as an Ensign. He was with the CIA for 33 years & U.S. Customs thereafter. After retirement, he was active in community affairs. He was a Scout Master & volunteered with Mended Hearts & Life with Cancer.

Mr. Chillemi is survived by his wife, Janis Chillemi of Lansdowne, Virginia; a daughter, Catherine Benish of Charlottesville, Virginia; a son, Ted Cowles of Haymarket, Virginia; & five grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at Money & King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, Virginia on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 2pm. Inurnment will be in the Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Funeral Home:

Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.

Vienna, VA

US 22180

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  1. My deepest sympathy to the family of our long-time family friend, “Uncle Dickett” Chillemi.

  2. How can the Belknap children ever forget Dickett? You were our surrogate uncle in Taiway all those years ago with the fabulous “eating belt”. Love and prayers to Janis, Cathy and Ted, the family you leave behind.

  3. It was our good fortune to have been your neighbors and to have shared so many good times with you and Janis. You are sorely missed by your good friends Rich & Barb.

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