William (Red) Cilli, who as a boy delivered milk with his father and brothers on a horse and wagon from his family’s dairy farm in Sag Harbor, died at home in West Melbourne, Fla., on Dec. 22. He was 100.
The nine-acre Cilli Farm, bounded by Glover Street, Long Island Avenue, and West Water Street, was active into the 1970s. Mr. Cilli was born there on Jan. 28, 1913, to Vitali and Antonia Cilli.
In 1936 Mr. Cilli married Sue Napolillo of Amagansett, who survives him. He was employed at the Smith Meal fish processing plant on Napeague in the mid-1940s and, soon after, built a house on Cranberry Hole Road in Amagansett, where he started to raise a family. He was an enthusiastic hunter and fisherman.
Mr. Cilli moved in 1955 to West Melbourne, where he opened Red’s Welding Shop. He was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Melbourne.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a brother, John Cilli, and a sister, Angie Cole, both of Sag Harbor, two daughters, Ann McGhee and Susan Dinkins, and a son, Charles W. Cilli. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 15 great-great-grandchildren. A brother, Dominick Cilli, died in 1979.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes. Donations in Mr. Cilli’s name have been suggested to the Knights of Columbus, 1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, Conn. 06510.