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One of the greatest heating tech' has passed away

ScottMP Member Posts: 5,884
My Friend and employee Chris Aiello (JCA) has passed.

I have known Chris since school and he has worked for me for a long time. I learned so much from him. His great knowledge of all things heat will not be replaced easily.

He loved this industry and will be missed Greatly by all who knew him.


  • Robert O'Brien
    Robert O'Brien Member Posts: 3,541

    I don't know what to say,had the pleasure of meeting him an BNL a couple times,a great guy!
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  • kcopp
    kcopp Member Posts: 4,430
    very sad....

    he will be missed. Way too soon.
  • Tim McElwain
    Tim McElwain Member Posts: 4,621
    What devastating news

    I am so sorry to hear this. He will be greatly missed, I had some wonderful times with him both in the classroom, on the job and socially. My deepest condolences to the Milne folks and all the family and friends of Chris.
  • KenSecor
    KenSecor Member Posts: 1
    The loss is huge

    Chris was an incredible guy. He and Nancy came to our place in VT many times. What a decent human being. Hell, he was only 51. A kid for god sake.

    Jaye and I will miss him immensely.

  • Mark Eatherton
    Mark Eatherton Member Posts: 5,853
    Our deepest condolences...

    To the Milne and Aiello family. JCA was one bright candle out in the deep dark woods of life. He will be greatly missed, and passed way too young.

    It's not so much a case of "You got what you paid for", as it is a matter of "You DIDN'T get what you DIDN'T pay for, and you're NOT going to get what you thought you were in the way of comfort". Borrowed from Heatboy.
  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 22,100
    sorry to hear

    I'll keep him in my thoughts.
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,521

    You were a good friend to Chris, Scott. Well done.
    Retired and loving it.
  • Tony_23
    Tony_23 Member Posts: 1,033


    We shared some good times. He was a good man. RIP Chris.
  • MarkHunt
    MarkHunt Member Posts: 1
    It was an honor to know him

    Chris is one of the MANY people that I have come to know through this site and it was an honor to have known him. His dedication to his trade should serve as an inspiration to all of us.

    My heart felt condolences to his family and friends.
  • David Sutton_6
    David Sutton_6 Member Posts: 1,079
    edited June 2014
    Hello to all,

    So sorry to hear of the loss of 

    Chris Aiello, one of the sharpest guys in the oil biz, His dedication and knowledge was unmatched, The kinda of guy who would help anyone in need.

     we are in the process of planning a meeting of the minds to get together and honor our friend. as info comes available i or someone will post it for all to want to join us.

    Job is done, Rest well my friend !!

    David Sutton

    aka Dr Pepper

    Chris and Ronjr were the ones who started the hole dr pepper thing wayyyy back in the begining.
  • ScottMP
    ScottMP Member Posts: 5,884
    Thank You All

    Its nice to hear such kind words but I expected nothing less. Chris had a heart of gold and was always willing to help. He took such pride in what he did and took it to heart if he couldn't find the answer to something.

    I am at a loss for more words to say.
  • BillW
    BillW Member Posts: 198
    Fair winds and following seas to a fellow Coastie

    I hope his "crossing the bar" was a smooth one. A real loss to the industry and the community. RIP, JCA.
  • Paul Pollets
    Paul Pollets Member Posts: 3,656

    Very saddened to hear of JC's passing. He was a really good man. What happened?
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,820
    Yikes- Chris was only 51

    younger than me.

    A poster on one of the other sites said he had a heart attack, and no one was with him at the time. So far, that's all we know.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
  • bill nye_3
    bill nye_3 Member Posts: 307

    I met Chris here on the wall and oil tech talk way back in the early days. Through e-mails and wetstocks and trade shows he became a good friend. I always looked forward to the pictures from the amazing installs at Milne plumbing. I felt a real sense of loss this morning when I saw this. He was real smart and a good person.
  • R Mannino
    R Mannino Member Posts: 440
    I Too

    am saddened by this news. I had the pleasure of meeting Chris at BNL a number of years ago. He was a gentleman and I had the pleasure of continuing my relationship with him through these wonderful forums. Sail on Chris.............


    Bottom left in the photo is "JCA"
  • Paul Fredricks_3
    Paul Fredricks_3 Member Posts: 1,557

    It has been far too long since I saw Chris. The last time was probably at Ruth's house, and I haven't been there for a number of years. A great guy with a great sense of humor. A loss for all of us and the industry.
  • Jeff Lawrence_25
    Jeff Lawrence_25 Member Posts: 746

    A truly great Wethead.

    Rest well Chris.

    "One hundred years from now, they will gaze upon my work and marvel at my  skills but never know my name.  And that will be good enough for me"
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,820

    From our favorite Dragon:


    "FYI: For those interested.

    There will be a gathering of family and friends on 7/9/14 from 6:00-8:00pm to say good-bye to Chris and share a story or two.


    American Legion, 14 Church St., Manchester-by the Sea, MA"


    I can't make it- any of you going?

    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
  • Robert O'Brien
    Robert O'Brien Member Posts: 3,541
    edited July 2014
    BNL 2008

    Chris kneeling on the far left
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  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 6,878
    Dumbstruck again.........

    Tom Schwarz and Chris in such a short span. They have become our beloved "Deadmen," but way younger than anyone thought . Not only was Chris a great heating guy, but a ton of fun to hang with...super knowledgeable on Rock and Roll and NEVER afraid to speak his mind. Gonna miss this boy. So sorry for the loss of your buddy, Scott. Mad Dog
  • Robert O'Brien
    Robert O'Brien Member Posts: 3,541
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  • ScottMP
    ScottMP Member Posts: 5,884
    Five days now

    And I still think he's going to walk in the door .. strange.

    An empty chair at the table in the morning and a world full of knowledge is gone.

    Rest in peace pal ... you did well.
  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 6,878
    A damned handsome lad he was.......

    a jaw of granite he had. could take a shot from Tyson..I bet. Man im hurtin boys....there are just some folks we have met thru the diffferent events over the years that STOOD out,,, he was one. Love you Bro. God Bless you, Semper Paratus and my 4th will revolve around thoughts of your legacy. Mad Dog
  • Wayco Wayne_2
    Wayco Wayne_2 Member Posts: 2,479
    Chris passing

    chris was a speaker of truth. If something wasn't right, he said so. On the other hand, if he dealt a compliment you knew you should be honored. a good man. gone too soon.