Michael Ciacciarelli, the chief operating officer of Trakus, passed away Saturday after a long illness. He was 50 years old. Ciacciarelli led Trakus operations, including development, engineering, site integration and field operations, working closely with Trakus media partners, venue operators, and other parties to customize and seamlessly integrate Trakus into their offerings. Prior to Trakus, he worked for the Raytheon Company, leading the development of an innovative integrated simulation environment intended to provide total situational awareness for the next generation warfighter. He held degrees from Rensselaer and Worcester Polytechnic Institutes, and completed coursework in the MBA program at Babson College.
“Michael was a longtime close friend of more than 30 years and a key member of our senior management team at Trakus,” said Bob McCarthy, the company’s president and CEO. ”His many contributions have been a significant factor in the company’s achievements in racing worldwide. Known to friends and colleagues as Chich, he always had great enthusiasm for collaborating with racing industry partners, and we are all deeply saddened by his loss.”
Ciacciarelli is survived by his wife, Nicole and his daughter Lucy Angeline, as well as his parents, Antonio and Civita and sisters, Anna Cardone and Maria Boustris and her husband Jim. He is also survived by his father and mother-in-law, Anthony and Julie Christopher, brothers in law Anthony Christopher and his wife Debbie, and Scott Christopher and his sister in law Andrea Belschner and her husband Paul. A wake will be held Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at Cataudella Funeral Home in Methuen, Massachusetts. (https://www.cataudellafh.com/). A funeral mass will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at St Augustine Parish in Andover, Massachusetts, with burial at West Parish Garden Cemetery.