Daniel Cirella

December 1, 1943 - April 12, 2017
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God beckoned Daniel G. Cirella to sit by his side early Wednesday morning, April 12, 2017, from his home in New York City. A two-time Emmy-nominated lighting director, Danny discovered his passion in high school and headed to New York after graduation from Emerson College. He was the first in-house LD at Sesame Street, MTVContinue Reading

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Josh Allen left a message on February 13, 2021:
I worked with Danny for a number of years in the 1990's and early 2000's in various TV studios around the city. I was just thinking of him today for some reason and googled him as we had lost touch. I was crestfallen to learn of his passing. He was always a warm soul with a big heart and a great sense of humor. I know he is missed by many and I will never forget how he helped shape my career as a lighting designer, as I was called upon by Danny to "pinch hit" on some designs for him. He believed in me and I will forever be grateful. Thanks, Danny - I wish we could have had one last last lighting of a set together. Rest well and light it up up there! -Josh
Larry Cullen left a message on April 28, 2017:
My memory of Danny is spending time with him in time square always impressed by the cast of characters he would gather to re light linda ellerbees nickalodian show or talking about the things we found in the garbage on our way to work The things people throw away I tell you he was a good man who provided an early foundation to my career
Mike Jacobs left a message on April 26, 2017:
I had the honor and pleasure of working with Danny at the old times square studios, where he was brought in as the wisened "TV guy" to teach a bunch of wiseguy punks how to make television. He was a good sport and could take a joke with the best of them and he gave as well as he got. He was a great teacher and almost 35 years later I cherish the lessons learned about diligence, hard work and devotion to a job well done. I'm sorry to hear of Danny's passing I'm sure he's regaling the angels with Merv Griffin stories. Peace be with you dear man.
paul sladkus left a message on April 25, 2017:
I loved Danny, he was a gentlmans gentleman. Sincere, kind and talented. One time he was at my house and said you have the wrong bulbs in the ceiling, one change created a new room. Another time I asked him to fix the lighting at the National Arts Club, he did wonders and they used his fix for years. I will miss himReverend Paul Sladkus St Francis of Assisi prayer for all to read
Rick Cannon left a message on April 21, 2017:
I spent several holidays with Danny at the Cirella's home, one Easter at an Italian restaurant near the Seaport, and another family dinner at his mom's home. He was an easy man to like and I enjoyed his intelligent conversations about his career and life. One Christmas Eve he helped us celebrate at my house. He spent close to two hours working on my daughter Shaye's computer to download and properly install a screen play app. She wrote an awesome screenplay using that app thanks to Danny. I will miss him. Rest in peace Danny.
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Tom Janssen left a message on April 21, 2017:
Years ago I called Danny for advise when pursuing other job opportunities. Since we were in the same business, television news, and attended the same college at some point, he as an undergrad and me as a post grad, I figured he would have insight and information for me. I remember talking for a long time and memory is not a long suit for me but what was clear was his guidance and help. "Always shave off 10 years from your resume". He went on, " no one checks and fewer care if you're younger than you claim but if you're older it may be an issue". I never forgot that helpful tidbit of information. I did get the position I was applying for and my age never came up. I never offered my real age but I'll never forget Danny's helpful advise. What a wonderful man and great friend, even to those who didn't know him well.
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