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Celebrating the Life of John Ciullo

John Joseph Ciullo
John Joseph Ciullo

The yachting industry lost a noteworthy individual with the passing of John Ciullo on Saturday, September 29, 2012 – the day before his 55th birthday. John had been working as a broker and special projects manager for International Yacht Collection in Fort Lauderdale at the time of his demise.

His career included stints as a sailing and motor yacht captain, as a manager at International Yacht Register, a broker at Platinum Yacht Collection, comptroller at The Sacks Group, and as a pre-eminent yacht manager at Bob Saxon Associates when yacht management as we know of it today was beginning to take form.

Said Bob Saxon fo IYC, “The industry has lost a good man, a consummate professional and a true gentleman. John was universally admired and liked. Those who knew John as a friend and colleague included representation from literally every segment of the international yachting scene. He will be sorely missed.”


Mr. John Joseph Ciullo, age 54 years of Fort Lauderdale, FL, entered into Eternal Life on September 29, 2012. John was predeceased by his mother Shirley Flowers Thompson. He is survived by his beloved Elena Shalaeva; father John V. Ciullo; sister Dawn (Tom) Grogan; brother David; nieces and nephews Joseph, Melissa, Kara, Jessie and Michael; many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and great friends. John was an avid surfer, accomplished scuba diver, racquetball player of repute, and commercial pilot. His career highlights included stints as a sailboat and motor yacht captain, comptroller at The Sacks Group, yacht broker and projects manager at International Yacht Collection and Platinum Yachts, and manager at International Yacht Register. He was a well admired and respected figure on the international yachting scene. He was a great friend to many and will be missed by all. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Calvary Chapel, main sanctuary, West Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale. In lieu of flowers, donations at a gathering of friends will follow immediately at another location, or donations may be forwarded through Bob Saxon at International Yacht Collection. For information on the gathering of friends please be in contact with Bob Saxon: [email protected] or 954-522-2323.

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