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Accounts payable director dies

by Sherry Fisher - November 26, 2007

Bernard (Bernie) Cellillie, the director of accounts payable at UConn, died Oct. 26. He was 60.

Cellillie, who lived in Enfield, had been employed at the University since 1997.

He will be remembered for his kindness, caring, and friendship.

“Bernie always had a caring way,” says Lauren LeBlanc, manager of UConn’s Office of Travel Services. “He was a good manager – very supportive. He was loved and admired by countless people.”

LeBlanc adds, “I’m very glad to have known him for the past 10 years, and especially to have had him as a friend. I’ll miss our chats about our grandsons and our families. I miss him very much.”

UConn’s controller Paul McDowell describes Cellillie as “one of the kindest and gentlest people I’ve ever met. He cared an awful lot about the people who worked for him and with him. He was innovative and did nice things for the University in a quiet way.

“We shared each other’s weekly events and long-term goals,” McDowell adds. “He was a family man. I couldn’t ask for a nicer friend. I’ll miss him.”

Josie Nason, an administrative services assistant in the accounts payable department, says, “Bernie was a genuinely kind and considerate individual who will be deeply missed by his staff.”

Born in Springfield, Mass., Cellillie was raised in Chicopee, and was a graduate of American International College in Springfield.

He served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Washington Irving Council #50 Knights of Columbus in Enfield and a member of North Central Civitan, both service organizations.

Cellillie enjoyed music, sports, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Patricia; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kristen and David Clark; and Tracy and Adam Dunn; and a grandson, Lawson Thomas Dunn. He also leaves his mother, June, and a sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Gene LaFleur.

Memorial contributions may be made to Palliative Medicine Consult Service Fund Hartford Hospital, 80 Seymour Street, Hartford, CT 06102-5037.

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