Obituary for Philip J. Sciscione
PHILIP J. SCISCIONE, Loving Husband, Father, and Grandfather, 87, of Jackson, NJ (formerly of Colonia and Elizabeth, NJ) passed away peacefully on Feb 8th 2018 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold NJ, surrounded by his loving family.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Alice Sciscione (Gargano), Daughters, Judy Peters (Companion, Anthony Merrell), Kathy Gilchrist, and son in law Harold Gilchrist, Grandson, Philip Gilchrist (Companion, Megan Metzger), and 5 sisters: Marie Guida, Patricia Polan, Elizabeth Petti, Jean Riccardi and Theresa Ann Schmeider. He was Uncle Sonny to dozens of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Biagio and Joseph, and sister, Minnie Cannonie.
Born in 1931 in Elizabeth NJ, he was a 1949 Graduate of Thomas Jefferson HS in Elizabeth. He bravely served his country on the front line during the Korean War 1951 - 1953, fighting in the US Army 25th Infantry Division (Tropical Lightning). In 1953, he married the love of his life, Alice, and started a 42 year career with the US Post Office in Elizabeth NJ. He lived in Colonia NJ for 40 years before moving to Jackson NJ, 21 years ago, where he was a communicant of St Monica’s Catholic Church.
His family was most important to him and he treasured every occasion spent with them. There were the cherished Sunday afternoon dinners on 4th Ave, over his father’s butcher shop in Elizabeth, where the family gathered, ate and laughed until his dad feared the slowly bowing kitchen floor would collapse under the strain of the ever increasing family.
Later there were annual 4th of July pool parties in Colonia, where brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews flocked to Phil and Alice’s poolside celebrations. Food abounded and dessert was king.
Who could ever forget Phil’s 1992 retirement party, where he took the stage and belted out his rendition of New York, New York, accompanied by his 5 sisters, dubbing themselves “Sonny and the Chicks”?
He loved to share his impeccable recollections of dates and anniversaries tied to family and wartime events. He would often start a conversation with, “do you know what happened on this date?”
Phil always put family first. His home office was filled with pictures of his beloved wife Alice, his daughters and the light of his life and namesake, Grandson Phil. The walls were also decorated with faded black and white photos of himself with his army buddies in combat fatigues with the South Korean backdrop. And always present, just outside his office window, was the high flying American flag.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his visitation from 1-5 PM on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at the GEORGE S. HASSLER FUNERAL HOME, 980 Bennetts Mills Rd., Jackson Twp., NJ 08527. A funeral gathering will be offered at 8:45 AM on Monday, February 12, 2018, at the funeral home.
His Funeral Liturgy will follow at 10:00 AM at the Church of St. Monica, 679 W. Veterans Hwy., Jackson Twp., NJ 08527. Interment will follow in St. Gertrude Cemetery, 53 Inman Ave., Colonia, NJ 07067. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Philip’s memory to the KWVA Wounded Warrior Fund, PO Box 51, Lewes, DE 19958 and would be greatly appreciated. For directions, further information, and to send condolence messages to the family, please select a tab on the left.