Jim Ciccolelli was a three year letterman in football for the Red Devils. Starting at guard as a sophomore, he helped lead the 1945 Red Devils to an undefeated season. During his three years as a starter for the Red &: Black, the Red Devils compiled an out- standing record of 21.-5-3.
At 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, Chick, as he was known, proved
size wasn't everything. The hard hitting guard proved his football talent as he earned All County honors twice, and was named second team All State, as a guard in both his junior and senior year.
As most Campbellites did, Jim played both offense and defense. On defense he was a rugged nose tackle. In 1946, in a big upset, he recovered a fumble that thwarted Warren High drive that enabled the Red Devils to score a winning touchdown in the last five minutes of the game. Again, in the second game of 1946, in front of 13,000 fans at Rayen Stadium, Jim recovered a fumble against Ursuline to help lead the team to victory.
After his high school days, Jim went on to enjoy a successful life as a General Foreman for Republic Steel, from where he retired after 32 years of service. He continued his love for football and Campbell by becoming one of the charter members of the Campbell Gridiron Club, serving as vice-president for several years.
His Jove for Campbell led him to politics as he was elected Councilman-at-Large in Campbell for three terms. He loved serving his community. Throughout his life he continuously supported the Red Devils as business owner of Chick's Place in the community. He followed the Red Devils loyally, missing very few games throughout his 1ife, until his passing in 1999. Jim Ciccolelli was a true Red Devil.
He was married to the former Betty Vargo of Campbell and they had four children; Jim Ciccolelli Jr., former Superintendent of the Campbell Schoo1s, the late John Ciccolelli, Michael Cicco1elli, a Mahoning County employee, and Diane Fortuna, a registered nurse.