Philip Louis Gagliardi, 90
June 05, 2021
Philip Louis Gagliardi passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2021 after a long illness.
He is survived by his beloved wife Filomena Ferreira Gagliardi, married nearly 62 years, his son and daughter-in-law Joseph and Karen, and granddaughters Jill and Rachel Gagliardi.
Phil was born on September 2, 1930 in Hamden, Connecticut, to Maria DiMeo Gagliardi and Vincenzo Gagliardi and grew up in the New Haven area. A graduate of Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Phil was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps and rose to the rank of Sergeant. He was a member of the Chosin Few, the group of Korean War veterans who took part in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir. Phil was wounded in action at Chosin, surviving when the enemy bullet was deflected by striking the cigarette lighter in his pants pocket. After recuperating from his injuries, Phil served at the Philadelphia Shipyard before being honorably discharged.
After the Marine Corps, Phil worked as a staff accountant at AVCO Lycoming and Consolidated Diesel in Connecticut. A long-time resident of Shelton, Phil and Fil followed Joe, Karen, and the girls to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and enjoyed many happy memories. He was a past member of St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church in Shelton, CT, and St. Philip the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Millersville, PA.
Phil was pre-deceased by his parents; his brothers Anthony and wife Teresa, Michael and wife Norma; sisters Christine Richards and husband Ray, Florence “Ritz” Manzi and husband Michael, Margaret Kvitnizki and husband Anthony (Kippie); sisters-in-law Gloria and Susan Gagliardi; and brother- and sister-in-law Louis and Marianne Ferreira. Phil is also survived by brothers Bernard, Vincent, Ralph and his wife Genevieve, plus many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Services will be at the convenience of the family. Interment will be at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pennsylvania, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.
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July 02, 2021
Joe a d Karen,
Sorry hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and family during this time.
June 20, 2021
Joe and Karen,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Heaven has gained an angel to watch over all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. Sue Hudson
June 14, 2021
Dear Joseph and Karen. So very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. We have such wonderful memories of both your mother and father growing up and Uncle Philip will be truly missed. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Cousins David and Judy Richards
June 13, 2021
Joe, Karen, Jill, and Rachel,
i was so sorry to read of the passing of your dad and grandfather. His many accomplishments are things to remember with pride. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family during this tough time. May your sadness at his passing be replaced with the many loving memories that your family will recall. Take care, Bev Zbiek-Beam.
June 13, 2021
So sorry to hear about your dad. Hope your mom and family are holding in there! Hope to talk to you soon. All the best
June 09, 2021
Dear Joe and family. We are so sorry to receive the news of great Veteran and gentleman passing from here on earth. What a story of his life in Korea. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sincerely. Isa and JereBreneisen