Eugene W. Pierelli, attorney and war veteran

October 03, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Eugene William Pierelli, a retired attorney and longtime Ellicott City resident, died of pulmonary fibrosis Sept. 25 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 83.

Born and raised in Pittston, Pa., Mr. Pierelli enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduating from Pittston High School in 1941. He served in the Pacific and took part in the Battle of Tinian.

After being honorably discharged, he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1948 from the old Baltimore College of Commerce. In 1950, he earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Miami. He earned a law degree from what is now the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1954, and was admitted to the Maryland bar that year.

Mr. Pierelli, who maintained a general law practice, established an office on O'Donnell Street and later moved to Eastpoint.

In 1993, he closed his office and joined attorney Matt Paavola, his son-in-law. Mr. Pierelli continued practicing until retiring in 2003.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed downhill skiing until he was 80.

"He was a supporter of the arts and liked to listen to music and read," said his wife of 55 years, the former Concetta "Connie" Mortillaro. "He truly was a Renaissance man."

Mr. Pierelli was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City.

A memorial service will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Harry H. Witzke Funeral Home, 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City.

Also surviving are two sons, Eugene L. Pierelli of Ellicott City and Louis D. Pierelli of Florence, Italy; two daughters, Christina M. Duck of Forest Hill and Lisa Ann Paavola of Towson; a brother, Guy Pierelli of Tampa; a sister, Arlene Padussis of Alicia, Mexico; and seven grandchildren.

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