Robert Philip Ciaccio, 43, teacher at Sandy Plains

December 29, 2003

Robert Philip Ciaccio, a fifth-grade mathematics and science teacher at Sandy Plains Elementary School in Baltimore County, died of a ruptured brain aneurysm Friday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 43.

He taught at Sandy Plains for six years and, before that, at Sandalwood Elementary for four years. He lived in Rodgers Forge with his wife of 16 years, the former Susan Schepis, and daughters Sarah and Emily.

Mr. Ciaccio was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Staten Island, N.Y. He graduated from Susan E. Wagner High School in 1978 and earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from State University of New York at Old Westbury in 1991.

FOR THE RECORD - Robert Philip Ciaccio: An obituary published in The Sun yesterday incorrectly listed the date of services for Robert Philip Ciaccio. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 10 at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road, Lutherville.

He and his wife moved to Baltimore County in 1992 so he could teach at Sandalwood.

In addition to teaching, Mr. Ciaccio enjoyed playing the drums, serving as a fill-in for classic rock and blues bands in the Baltimore area. He was playing drums at a Baltimore club when he became ill, his wife said.

He enjoyed crossword puzzles, Scrabble, horror novels and Beatles music.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road, Lutherville.

In addition to his wife and two daughters, Mr. Ciaccio is survived by his father, Philip Ciaccio of Staten Island; his mother, Barbara Ciaccio of Staten Island; a grandmother, Ann Ciaccio of Toms River, N.J.; and two brothers, John Ciaccio and Philip Ciaccio, both of Staten Island.

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