Patriotic Speaker for the 237th Celebration

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Louis P. Cirillo

Patriotic Speaker 2022

This year’s Fourth of July Patriotic Speaker, Lou Cirillo, has a keen interest in the history of his native Bristol, Rhode Island. If pressed, he will tell you modestly that he has read nearly everything written about our town, and tends to recall dates and facts readily. A past-president and life member of the Historical Society, he would often share his knowledge with groups of school children. These talks caught the eye of former teacher and school administrator Donna Bettencourt-Glavin who convinced him to write a curriculum in Bristol History for elementary students. Bristol’s third and fourth
grade students have enjoyed his well-received “Learning About Bristol” for over twenty years.


For most of his adult life, Lou has been an active participant in public service. At age 28 he declared to run for office and was elected to the Bristol School Committee. Two years later, he was elected to the Town Council and served for six years as a Councilman. He was then appointed to serve on the Board of Canvassers and directed elections in Bristol for eight years until he was elected Bristol Town Clerk – an office he held for sixteen years until his retirement in December, 2020.

During his tenure, he was asked to speak at many public events, dedications and commemorations. He gave the Memorial Day address in 2006 and was the guest speaker at Firefighter’s Memorial Sunday three times. In 2008, he was the main speaker at the Bristol Fourth of July Interfaith Service.

Prior to his years as Town Clerk, he enjoyed a quarter century at the former Dixon Industries (later Furon Company) where he held various positions rising through the ranks to the role of worldwide product manager for the flagship Rulon® line of bearings and bearing materials. Upon leaving Furon, he served as Executive Director of Linden Place Mansion.

In 2013, Lou was selected as Chief Marshal of the 228th Fourth of July Celebration. The State Republican Party recognized his years of service to the community with a Constituent Whisperer Award in 2021. The Constituent Whisperer Award recognizes model local and State officials who go above and beyond to advocate for and respond to constituent concerns.

In retirement, Lou enjoys photo-chronicling Bristol scenery along the route of his daily early morning exercise walk. The photos are shared on social media, and reach a large following of current and former Bristol residents. He also enjoys cooking and baking, painting, traveling and spending time with his wife of 50 years, Susan. He particularly enjoys, along with his siblings, preparing for and hosting a Fourth of July picnic for dozens of relatives and friends, at the family homestead on High Street – a tradition that goes back more than 70 years!