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Funeral Held For Washington Restaurant Owner

A popular restaurant owner was laid to rest Wednesday.

The funeral mass for Tony Cilluffo, co-owner of Franks Pizza, took place Wednesday at Harvest Church in Washington. Well over 1,000 people attended. Burial followed at Oakdale Cemetery.

It has been reported that close to 1,000 people attended the visitation for Cilluffo's family Tuesday night.

The 41-year-old drowned while swimming at Indian Beach Thursday. Attempts to resuscitate him failed. His obituary says he died at Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Cilluffo's children through the Adriana Cilluffo Trust Fund or Giusepe Cilluffo Trust Fund, 2013 W. 15th Street, Washington, NC 27889 or to Mother of Mercy Catholic Church, Building Fund, 112 West 9th Street, Washington, NC 27889.



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Funeral arrangements have been made for a well-known and well liked restaurant owner in Washington.

Tony Cilluffo, co-owner of Franks Pizza, will be laid to rest at Oakdale Cemetery on Wednesday July 6, following a funeral mass at the Harvest Church at 11:00 a.m., according to his obituary.

A rosary service will be held Tuesday at 6:00 p.m., followed by a visitation until 8:30 p.m. at Paul Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington.

The 41-year-old drowned while swimming at Indian Beach Thursday. Attempts to resuscitate him failed. His obituary says he died at Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City.



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A well-known and well-liked local restaurant owner drowned Thursday at the beach.

Indian Beach-Salter Path Fire Department Chief Kevin White says they responded to a swimmer in distress call Thursday afternoon near a beach access on Indian Beach around 5:00 p.m. and found Tony Cilluffo face up in the water.

Cilluffo is the co-owner of Frank's Pizza in Washington in Beaufort County.

Chief White says the victim's wife and friends were on the shore asking for help.

White says a firefighter started CPR, and a Carteret County paramedic also responded and rode in an ambulance with the victim to Carteret General Hospital, but Cilluffo was never revived.

Frank's marks its 25th anniversary in Washington this year and has been a community supporter over the years as well as a supporter of the ECU Pirates. Frank's has also earned honors from the Washington/Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce.


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