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Cipriano Massimo Illiano

December 21, 1982 — May 13, 2024

Cipriano Massimo Illiano


known affectionately as "Cip", passed away on May 13, 2024, in North Providence, RI, leaving behind a legacy of dedication and service. He was born on December 21, 1982, in Providence, RI, where his journey began.
Cipriano's life was one filled with selflessness and commitment to helping others. He started his career in the field of emergency services as an EMT for New England Ambulance before transitioning to become a firefighter at Tiverton Fire Department and currently for the Providence Fire Department, Local 799. His unwavering spirit led him to also serve as a Sergeant at Brown University Ambulance and eventually at Schiappa Insurance Agency. Cipriano's passion for aiding those in need shined brightly throughout his various roles.
In addition to his professional endeavors, Cipriano pursued higher education and earned a Degree in Nursing, and multiple licenses and certifications in the healthcare field. His thirst for knowledge and desire to make a difference in people's lives were evident in all that he did.
Cipriano's sense of duty extended beyond his civilian life as he honorably served in the US Coast Guard from 2002 to 2006, reaching the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class (E4). He was deployed to Ground Zero in New York City after 9/11 attacks, something he was so proud of. He continued his service by becoming a US Customs & Border Patrol Agent, further showcasing his commitment to safeguarding his community.
Amongst Cipriano's proudest accomplishments were his memberships at the Italo American Club and the Knights of Columbus in Providence. He dedicated his time to volunteering with the Special Olympics Torch Run and acted as a liaison for the Providence Fire Department, embodying the values of service and camaraderie. He also served as an ordained minister, officiating several weddings and spreading love and unity through the bonds of marriage.

Outside of work, Cipriano's greatest joy was being with his son Vinny. He coached him in youth sports in North Providence, sharing his skills and passion for basketball, football, and baseball. He loved to take his son on trips, especially to Amusement Parks and Old Orchard Beach in Maine. Cip had just taught Vinny how to ride his bike without his training wheels, something he was so proud of.
Cipriano will be deeply missed by those who knew him best. He is survived by his beloved son Vincenzo Angelo Illiano; his mother Gemma (Angelino) Illiano Leclerc; step-father Eric Leclerc; father Salvatore Illiano; step-mother Cheryl Illiano; siblings, Angelo Illiano, Cristina Illiano Mancone (Paul Mancone Jr.) and Sofia Illiano; maternal grandmothers Maria Angelino, Pauline Leclerc and Barbara Read; step-sister Tara Gauthier; nieces and nephews Anthony Cambio Illiano, Paul Mancone III, Gia Maria Mancone, Aidan Courtemanche, Alivia Gauthier and Karson Gauthier; his closest Aunt and friend, Orsola Angelino and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, colleagues, and mentees who were touched by his kindness.

Funeral from the NARDOLILLO FUNERAL HOME & Crematory, 1278 Park Avenue, Cranston on Monday, May 20, 2024 at 9:00 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am in St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 1804 Atwood Ave., Johnston. Burial with military honors will follow in RI Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter. VISITING HOURS will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2024 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Special Olympics Rhode Island, Inc. 370 George Washington Highway Smithfield, RI 02917.

The Funeral Mass will be LIVE-STREAMED via the Nardolillo Funeral Home Facebook Page:
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Past Services


Sunday, May 19, 2024

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Nardolillo Funeral Home

1278 Park Ave, Cranston, RI 02910

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Monday, May 20, 2024

Starts at 10:30 am (Eastern time)

St. Robert Bellarmine Church

1804 Atwood Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919


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Burial with Military Honors

Monday, May 20, 2024

Starts at 12:30 pm (Eastern time)

RI Veterans' Memorial Cemetery

301 South County Trail, Exeter, RI 02822

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