C. John Ciekot

Age 88 World War II Navy veteran owned a filling station in Essex.

August 05, 2008

C. John Ciekot, a former Essex gas station owner and World War II veteran, died of cancer Sunday at his Cambridge home. He was 88.

Mr. Ciekot was born and raised in Middle River and attended Baltimore County public schools.

He was working at RustlessSteel in Baltimore when he enlisted in the Navy in 1944. He served as a bosun's mate aboard the USS Eldorado, an amphibious force command ship, in the Pacific.

After being discharged in 1946, he went to work as a filling station attendant at an Esso station on Eastern Avenue.

Mr. Ciekot later became the owner of Mace Avenue Esso in Essex, a business he operated until selling and retiring in 1980.

In 1960, he and his wife moved to Morris Neck, near Cambridge. He enjoyed hunting, crabbing and fishing. He also was an avid gardener and traveler.

Mr. Ciekot was a member of American Legion Post 91 and Choptank Memorial Post 7460 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He liked playing golf and was a member of Clearview at Horn's Point Golf Club.

His wife of 58 years, the former Mildred Tomas, died in 2000.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Connelly Funeral Home, 300 Mace Ave. in Essex. A second memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Thomas Funeral Home, 700 Locust St. in Cambridge.

Surviving are a son, Daniel T. Ciekot of Cambridge; a daughter, Bonnie McCollister of Cambridge; two brothers, Jospeh Ciekot of Orlando, Fla., and Stan Ciekot of Essex; three sisters, Victoria Miller of Bel Air, Sophie Draayer of Baltimore and Frances Hawkins of Essex; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Frederick N. Rasmussen

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