Vicchiarelli Funeral Home

5252 Mayfield Road Lynhurst, OH 44124

James A. Cipolletti




James “Chip” Cipolletti, beloved husband of Gerri (Kamme); dearest father of Carla Belfiore (Jeffrey), Dr. Christine Cipolletti (Dr. Greg Kitagawa) and Laura Cipolletti (Michael Lea); devoted grandfather of Brooke, Brandon, Nicole and Ryan Belfiore and Madeline, James, Noelle and Ella Kitagawa; dear brother of Armand (Elizabeth), Alfred (Donna) and Joanne Paonsha (Mark); uncle, cousin and friend to many. Former Principal of Wiley Middle School and Cleveland Heights High School. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday February 27, 2016 at 11 a.m at Holy Redeemer Church. Interment All Souls Cemetery. The family will receive friends at VICCHIARELLI FUNERAL HOME 5252 MAYFIELD RD., LYNDHURST (BETWEEN RICHMOND AND BRAINARD) FRIDAY 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M.


17 thoughts on “James A. Cipolletti

  1. I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Cipolletti’s passing. He was my principal at both Wiley and Heights and was such a kind and patient man. My prayers and condolences to his family.

  2. A phenomenal educator and overall caring person, my daughter’s principal at Wiley!!!!! Rest in PEACE
    Carol Cole

  3. You helped me through a very tough time Mr Chip. Thank you for keeping me in the right direction. Much love to you, your family, and your friends. Thank you for everything! You will be mised.

  4. Wonderful man, kind spirit! I have nothing but good memories even when I was in his office:)! My prayers for strength and comfort of your family! Rest peacefully Mr. Cipolletti!

  5. Loss of words.. He was not only my middle school principal but also my high school principal. I remember him as a great person and an even better role model. Revelation 21:3,4 I hope this scripture will be encouraging.

  6. I am so saddened to hear the news of Mr. Chip’s passing. He left a huge print on my life when he was a school councilors in Mayfield HS. His door was always open and always had a huge smile on his face. No matter what you were going through he was there for you. He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed.

  7. Mr. Chip was a force of nature at Mayfield and I would imagine a wonderful administrator later in life. RIP Mr. Chip!

  8. My condolences to the Cipolletti family. Chip was an extraordinary man. He touched so many lives including teachers and students. He was a great Principal to work with. He helped me throught two difficult times in my teaching career. May your fond memories of him help you through this difficult time as I know they will for me. Rest in Peace my friend. You will always be a part of my life.

  9. My condolences to the family.

  10. RIP Chip. You were truly one of the good guys-as an educator, principal, and human being. It was a pleasure to know you as parent of a middle schooler and to work with you on a professional level. You truly will be missed! Condolences to your family.

  11. May God Bless the Cipoletti family during their time of need.
    I didn’t know Mr. Cipoletti all that well. The ONE TIME I DID MEET HIM he helped me DEAL WITH A PERSON WHO GAVE ME PROBLEMS at Heights. He listened to my concerns and said to me IF ANYONE GIVES YOU A PROBLEM ABOUT GOING TO A GAME you tell them that I SAID THAT YOU CAN COME BACK ON CAMPUS! They should be glad that you want to go to a game he said! 😀

  12. one of the Greatest guys I knew and he was kind and patient and I was a hellion in his school. I HAVE THE CHILLS AND AM TEARING UP! And i am not very emotional. I miss u and I hope u can see me trying to be all I can be. Thanks for taking time to help me through it all and thanks for understanding me. God rest your soul

  13. Mr. Cipoletti was such an inspiration to me at Wiley. When my son was at Heights Mr. C was his principal and helped my son through a lot of bullying.
    My family and I saw him every year at the pancake breakfast and his bright smile never faded.
    We will never ever for you Mr. Cipoletti.
    RIP until we meet again.
    The Spetrino Family

  14. Chip cared so deeply for us at wiley…he took each student personally and showed interest in him or her….he will be missed

  15. What a wonderful and fair man….who will be missed by so many. His legacy at Wiley Middle School will live on forever. Educators don’t realize the impact that they make in the lives of the students they touch….thank you, for inspiring me to lead in your footsteps. His warm smile and friendly demeanor will be missed. Rest in peace, Mr. Cipolletti.

  16. Mr. Chipolletti was my principal at Wiley Jr High 83-85. He controlled us through kindness, dignity and respect. He once gave me a few licks with a paddle I earned them, I accepted them because he cared and I thanked him later. Honorable man who left a outstanding legacy in the University/ Cleveland Heights area. He will be missed by his hundreds of students and especially his family and intimate acquaintances. Our condolences class of 89!!

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