Done by Dad's dear friend Ace Dunham in 1976
Ciriaco John Zullo
  • 77 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 10, 1935
  • Place of birth:
    New York, New York, United States
  • Date of passing: Dec 9, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Live life fast and hard to the very last breathe......then onward to the next adventure!

 Thank You to all who took a moment to help us give Dad the send off he wanted. It is greatly appreciated.

Please do not tie yourself to me with tears, be happy we had so many years.
I gave you my love, you can only much YOU gave me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you have shown, but now it's time I traveled alone.

So grieve a while for me if grieve you must, then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while that we must part, so bless the memories that lie within your heart.
I won't be far away, for life goes on, so if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you won't see me or touch me.......I'll be near.
And if you listen with your heart you will hear.
All of my love around you soft and clear.
And when you must come this way alone...
I'll greet you with a smile and Welcome Home!          

On Sunday December 9, 2012 @ 5:34pm during a spectacular sunset Ciriaco John Zullo took his last breathe on this earth. He was resting peacefully and will be missed dearly.

Johnny, as most knew him, is preceded by his father Attilio Zullo, his loving mother Giovannina and his brother Anthony Zullo. He is survived by sister Angela Zullo-Souers of Chiavari Italy, his eldest son John James Zullo of Fort Lauderdale, his daughter Deena Zullo-Cosgrove (David) of Granger, IN, his son Jamie Zullo (Julie) of Hendersonville, NC. John is also survived by his 5 grandchildren, Michael Cosgrove, Misty Cosgrove, Noah Cosgrove, Joseph Zullo and Jamie Lee Zullo.

Also known as "the happiest guy in Fort Lauderdale". He always had a zest for life!  Johnny fought hard for the last 4 years. Never letting it get him down. His strength kept the doctors guessing. He was always unconventional and did things his own way.

John was born in New York, New York to Giovannina Troisi-Zullo and Attilio Zullo in 1935. He worked with his family in the grocery business until he married Renee Murtha and went to worked on Wall St. Then moving to the Cayman Islands, he managed a top hotel. In 1967 he moved the family to Fort Lauderdale and opened Columbia Advertising Agency. Doing work for the Queen Elizabeth Cruise Ship and some of the Miami Dolphins players. John loved Fort Lauderdale and settled in the Rio Vista area. Ultimately residing in the Four Season Condominium off Las Olas Blvd.
 Friends to many, John always understood it was those friends and his family that mattered most in life. He always enjoyed the beauty in his life! Never letting a drive over the 17th St. bridge go without pointing out the beautiful paradise he was living in. He found beauty everywhere, like looking out the windows of his home watching the sunrise over the ocean, driving down the beach on A1A in his jeep with the dog or in his little red truck, his weekly trip to publix to fill the house with lillies, sitting on the balcony eating fresh caught fish for breakfast, being out in the boat with the radio playing visiting his friends and of course his St. Paulie Girl. These all were simple things, they were the things that gave him the most pleasure. Over the last couple of years John has shown us all how to live with grace and beauty. He touched us all in ways I don't think he ever really knew.

He will be watching from his spot in heaven and there is no doubt he will see the beauty there everyday as he did here. You are loved and missed dearly.  


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by beverly lambert on 14th December 2015

"Still doesn't seem like it has been 3 years!! I miss the talks that John and I had!! Thanks for your patience and understanding, John!!! I will never forget you!!!!"

This tribute was added by Angela Zullo-Souers on 9th December 2015

"Miss you big brother !!
Thank you for the memories !
Rest in peace.....your sister"

This tribute was added by beverly lambert on 9th December 2014

"Hard to believe it has been two years that you left all of your family and friends. You are STILL very truly MISSED!!!"

This tribute was added by mara fulk on 19th December 2012

"Uncle Johnny-so many memories...from playing backgammon for hours,to shirley temples at the Four Seasons. I remember being so excited to get to Florida to ride in the fancy car down the palm tree lined streets,then there was the cell phone in the car! I was given permission to call anyone I wanted!! Most of all I remember your contagious smile and loving nature! You will be missed!Love you"

This tribute was added by Deena Cosgrove on 15th December 2012

"You are my inspiration!!! "Strong Like Bull". Your strength showed us all how precious life is......up to the very last breath. I will feel your love forever. It is what warms my heart. I love you always."

This tribute was added by Robert Dubow on 13th December 2012

"John started as a customer of ours 10 years ago and rapidly became a dear friend. We always  looked forward to his monthly visit to our office with his trusted canine buddy, "Baby" and enjoyed hearing the stories of his life..  He always demonstrated compassion for those not so fortunate and optimism for his own situation. He will be remembered fondly."

This tribute was added by scott galloway on 12th December 2012

"John(Pops). I was so fortunate to be a part of your life. I used to love having a beer with you(or maybe a few) and listen to your stories from the past. I will miss you dearly. You will always hold a very special place in my heart. See you on the other side. Love you forever."

This tribute was added by Julia Zullo on 12th December 2012

"Dad...John...Johnny...Ciriaco...Pops...Grandpop...Grandpa...You definetely Did it your way!  You've taught me how to to to to share...You've inspired me and this is something that I will have for the rest of my life. Thank you for letting me be part of your life. I will love you forever!"

This tribute was added by Misty Cosgrove on 11th December 2012

"A Golden heart stopped beating
hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove us
he only takes the best...
There was no one in the world like Grandpop. No one had his spirit or love of life. He will be loved and remembered in our hearts for always. Love you, Grandpop."

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