NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

May 10, 2014

Luke Picillo, 23


Newburyport — Luke Picillo left us on May 6. Luke loved many things, but most importantly, he loved his family and friends. And we all loved him deeply, too. Luke enjoyed playing basketball, trivia, wiffle ball, and softball with friends and family. He had a passion for alternative music, video games, taking apart and rebuilding computers, good movies, and well-made TV shows. He was a smart kid and was planning on starting his PhD in molecular genetics in the fall. In particular, he was incredibly knowledgeable in sports, especially when the referee or umpire got the call wrong. He was a die-hard New York Yankees fan, which is tough to do as a lifelong New Englander. We will remember his love of hot sauce, chicken fingers, Dunkaccinos, and a good Hodgies frappe. He enjoyed putting together puzzles, playing board games, or just sitting around talking as long as he was doing it with the people he loved. He could be quiet at first, but those of us who knew him well know he could talk your ears off and we loved hearing his voice. It will be tough now that he has gone silent and the world will be a sadder place without him. But the memories that we keep of him will never leave us. His parents, Gregg and Eileen; brother, Justin and his fiancee, Keera; sisters, Megan and Molly; nephew, Daxon; grandparents, Joan and John Larnard and Joan Picillo, and all his extended family and friends will keep him alive in their hearts, forever. If you feel the need to give something, please consider donating to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute as Luke was a thyroid cancer survivor.

ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Monday, May 12, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Conte, Twomey and LeBlanc Funeral Home, 193 High St., Newburyport. Luke was never one to dress up so please feel free to dress casually and comfortably because we know at events such as these, Luke would. And, if you would like to honor Luke in your own special way, please feel free to do so–Luke would not want anyone to be obligated in any way. There will be a celebration of Luke's life at a later date.

To leave online condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.