Paul Cicchini Obituary (1924 – 2021) – Bloomfield Hills, MI

BLOOMFIELD HILLS – Paul Cicchini passed peacefully at home, surrounded by family and his wife of 75 years, on September 7, 2021. Paul was born Pompeo Giuseppe Cicchini in Vasto, Italy on January 31, 1924 to Luigi and Giuseppa. He was known by family and friends as Pepino. He was the middle son, the younger brother to Nina (De Cristofaro) and old brother to Michelino “Mike.” Pepino changed his name to Paul when he came to the United States at the age of 16 where he began an apprenticeship in Detroit working as a tailor. He attended night school to learn English, working at the tailor shop during the day. In 1943, not yet an American citizen, Paul was inducted into the Army. He shipped off to England where, prior to combat, he became a naturalized citizen at the U.S. consulate in Liverpool, England. Paul served with distinction, including fighting at D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge. Paul’s deployment took him to Le Mans, France where on September 5th, 1944 he met his eventual bride, Yvonne Martineau; they were married on November 19, 1945. Yvonne’s wedding gown was made from an American parachute that Paul was able to acquire because parachutes were then made of pure silk, a rare commodity during the war. “I brought back my most precious souvenir,” Paul would jokingly say about his wartime bride. Out of the service by 1946, Paul and Yvonne moved to Detroit where Paul continued to work in the tailor shop. By 1949, Paul opened Cicchini Custom Clothier in the Kale’s Building at Grand Circus Park. Paul designed for and dressed many of Detroit’s most prominent businessmen and sports luminaires. Paul’s work earned him the distinction of being inducted into the Custom Tailors and Designers Association Hall of Fame in 2003. Paul also served as the president of The Custom Tailors and Designers Association of America during its 100th year of existence. Paul served as president of many clubs and associations over the years, including local chapters of The Lions Club, The Exchange Club, The Kiwanis Club, The Rotary Club, The Saturday Club, The Optimist Club, The Disabled American Veterans (Commander) and The Italian-American Association. Paul was also instrumental in establishing St. Hilary Catholic Church and school in Redford Township. Paul is survived by his devoted wife Yvonne; loving children Paul Ron (Emily), Diane, Robert (Jeannine) and Perry (Kirsten); grandchildren Edward Paul (Katherine), Daniel (Jessica), Angelina, Remi and Garrett; and two great grandchildren Elena and Colin. Funeral Mass Friday (today), 11:00am at St. Hugo of the Hills Catholic Church, 2215 Opdyke Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304. Visitation at church begins at 10:30am. Family will receive friends following Mass on Friday (today) from 2:30-8:00pm at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward Ave. (btwn 13-14 Mile), Royal Oak, (248) 549-0500.

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Published by The Oakland Press on Sep. 10, 2021.

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