Philip B. Dellisante (Uncle Phil), 94, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018. He was born on May 12, 1923 in Corning to Carmen and Mary Dellisante. He was a graduate of Northside High School and ultimately graduated from Villanova University on the GI Bill after serving his country in World War II. Phil was a member of All Saints Parish and was active at Saint Vincent de Paul Church.
Phil was a part of Tom Brokaw's "Greatest Generation" while serving in the Army. He saw action in the European Theater as a member of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops "The Ghost Army" – a military assignment he was extremely proud of. After receiving a degree in Accounting from Villanova, Phil went to work for Corning, Inc. (then Corning Glass Works) and served in multiple accounting related capacities including Financial Controller for the Corning International Division where he was able to travel the world. After 36 years of service, he retired as Division Controller for the Research and Development Division at Sullivan Park.
Although Phil was extremely dedicated to Corning, Inc. and a tireless worker, his true passion was his family and friends. Despite never marrying, Phil was the consummate mentor, father-figure, and friend to so many in his 'extended family'. He was 'Uncle Phil', both figuratively and literally, to all those who had the good fortune of knowing him. In his trademark, selfless manner, Phil had an uncanny ability to genuinely put other's well-being above his own. He made everyone feel important and good about themselves – a true role model for those striving to live a Christian life based on love and kindness.
It was Phil's heartfelt wish to give special thanks to Appleridge Senior Living and all the wonderful staff members and friends who made his latter years so enjoyable. Additionally, Phil wanted to give special thanks to his caretakers from the Bath VA – Liz, Matt, and Kim – for ensuring that he was able to live independently until his death.
Phil was predeceased by his sisters, Bessie Fortino, Mary Anastasi and Sarah Miller; his brother, Angelo Dellisante and his nephews, Carmen Miller and Joseph Miller. He is survived by his nephews: Rosario (Eloise) Miller, Joseph (Linda) Anastasi, Richard (Carole) Anastasi; nieces: Grace Rosettie, Patricia Blair, Marcia Miller, Toni Miller and Rita Cuda and a number of great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., 216 E. First St., Corning on Friday, February 16th from 2pm-4pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at 11:00 AM at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Corning with Father Lew Brown officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Phil's name to House of Mercy, 285 Ormond St., Rochester, NY, 14605 or Brother's Keeper (in memory of nephews Thomas and John Rosettie), Community Foundation of Elmira, 301 South Main Street, Horseheads, NY, 14845.
Phil's family entrusted his care to Haughey Funeral Home, Inc.