CARL V. CECIRO was born Carlucci Viola Ceciro on December 19, 1894 to Domenico Ceciro and the former Philomena Viola. According to his World War I draft card and the 1920 Census, he was born in Guardia Perticara, a town in the province of Potenza, in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata, and came to the United States with his mother and brother James in 1903. His father and older brother Antonio had come to America the previous year. The 1910 Censius shows the family living at 838 South 3rd Street in Camden. Domenico Ceciro supported his family as a junk dealer, and another son, John, had been born to the family after coming to America. The Ceciros owned their home when the Census was taken, and took in boarders, seven residing there in April of 1910.

After completing the eighth grade, Carl V. Ceciro began working on the streets of Camden shining shoes. He enlisted in the United States Navy shortly after the 1910 Census enumeration, He served for four years, including a tour of duty aboard the USS Olympia in 1910, and aboard the battleships USS Ohio and USS Iowa.

Carl V. Ceciro married Margaret Lorraine in 1915. He was living in Camden with his wife and daughter Philomena by June of 1917 when he registered for the draft. The family then lived at the 838 South 3rd Street address. Carl V. Ceciro worked for the Camden Coke Company at South 2nd Street and Kaighn Avenue when he registered for the draft. In 1919 he was naturalized as an American citizen. The 1920 Census shows the Ceciro family had moved to 203 Royden Street. The 1930 Census shows Carl Ceciro working as an upholsterer for a furniture company and family at 312 Pine Street. Children then at home were Philomena 13; Carolina 12; Rosemary 10; Lucy, 8; Antoinetta, 6; Margarete, 2; and infant Carl D. Ceciro. Another daughter Marguerite L., had died as a baby in 1926. The family had moved to 442 Pine Street by the time the 1931 City Directory was compiled. Sadly, his wife Margaret died in 1938. The 1940 Census shows him working as a painter at a shipyard and living in Lindenwold, New Jersey. When he registered for the draft in the spring of 1942, he was living in Oaklyn, New Jersey with his daughter Lucy, and working as a painter at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard on Broadway. 

By 1961 Carl V. Ceciro had become involved with the United States Naval Sea Cadets Corps, a congressionally-chartered, U.S. Navy-based organization that serves to teach individuals about the sea-going military services, U.S. naval operations and training, community service, citizenship, and an understanding of discipline and teamwork. He taught marlinspike (knot tying) at the Naval and Reserve Marine Training Center which was then on Memorial Avenue in Camden. Shortly before his death, he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in the Sea Cadets organization. He was then living at 202 Beideman Avenue in the Westfield Acres public housing project. Not long after his promotion, he moved to Willingboro, New Jersey.

Carl V. Ceciro passed away in September of 1968 and was buried at New Camden Cemetery.

World War I Draft Card

World War II Draft Card

Camden Courier-Post - Circa 1968

Camden Courier-Post - Circa 1968

Camden Courier-Post
Circa 1968






New Camden Cemetery
photo by Jean Richter