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December 31, 2013
December 31, 2013
My Dearest Darling Phillip,
Time is something that has always confused me for in essence, it can stand still for some of us in many ways. It has been 3 years, 4 months, and 17 days that your presence is gone, which is incomprehensible and difficult to believe! I find myself remembering the sweet days that we dated going fishing together, enjoying the beach, and endless conversations of the things thing we both loved which was guitars and music. When I want to feel good with a happy smile, I recall our many conversations with the light streaming from your crystal blue eyes of enthusiasm. In my entire life, I have never met anyone who had such strength of character and dedication to finishing a project started, taking it to the limit, watching it develop into something magnificent. You are in my thoughts every day and every night for “Love is a condition in which the Happiness of another person is Essential to your own” This is the way we felt about each other from the moment we met. Missing you is an “involuntary response” for me that cannot be controlled and I like it that way.
I was mesmerized by your creative mind and ideas since I never met anyone quite like you. When the Lord made you, he threw away the mold for you, my dearest love are an Original. Our dates were so simple compared to 2013. We could be content with taking long walks on the Boardwalk or playing guitars together at my house for “it is not where you're at, but who you're with.” It felt like no one else existed for we were focused on each other. I know in my heart that we were destined to be together from the moment you fixed my guitar. Even 45 years later, the fire and love grew deeper and stronger between us. I only had eyes for your sweet face that my Mom christened in Italian as, “Simpaticamente” which means someone who is sweet, kind and thoughtful, “that is you, my Love!” It also was the way you lived your life treating everyone with your time and skill. You never searched for the glory but rather the doing, creating, and inventing. "There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit." This was my Phil, a humble, quiet man with God given gifts.. I will be singing praises of his life accomplishments the rest of my life on this earth..
Grief is a singular entity forever where I lose my beloved husband over and over each day missing the nearness of him. . It doesn't go away; it becomes a part of your existence, every time you breathe, every time you feel with every breath you take. My heart is unable to stop grieving my Phil for loving him has a life of its own. He died way before his time with so much more to do. That's just how it is, for grief and love are “conjoined” just as man and wife. You never get one without the other. You remain helpless for all you can do is love with all your being that grows in depth each second of every day, every month, every year that you remain here on earth until you are together again. According to CS Lewis “The death of a beloved is an amputation. The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over' the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered but you will never be whole again. You will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.”
The best is perhaps what we understand the least.
These words bring tears to my eyes, yet so simply explains loving someone more than your own life, said simply but beautifully:

How much do I love you?
I'll tell you no lie
How deep is the ocean?
How high is the sky?

How many times a day do I think of you?
How many roses are sprinkled with dew?

How far would I travel.
To be where you are?
How far is the journey from here to a star?

And if I ever lost you, how much would I cry?
How deep is the ocean?
How high is the sky?

This song is for you with all my heart, my soul and my dedication. You'll never know just how much I love and miss you. I speak your name in my every prayer, my Darling Husband.

With all my Love Forevermore,
Your Lulu
Mrs. Phillip J. Petillo
September 06, 2013
I'm moved beyond description by the latest remembrance from you, Lucille. Phil's impact on me is immeasurable. The love you shared is an inspiration--something that my wife and I also savor. I have since relocated to Nashville, but love when I get to chance to visit and stop by to see Dave. If ever a song said it, there is one I wrote recently with Chris Gantry, THAT'S HOW LONG WE'LL BE IN LOVE. I know this is not the place to post a link, but I'd be happy to post it elsewhere or forward it to you. Let me know at jericat@yahoo.com. Thank you for sharing your very personal thoughts with the rest of us!
September 04, 2013

September 4, 2013
My Dearest Darling Phillip,
Today my dearest Love, you would have been 68 year old enjoying a triple layer chocolate cake I used to make for you. I keep thinking in my mind's eye all the wonderful things you wanted to invent and design like a a little boy never able to get enough of the excitement of discovery. Each day that goes by seems to draw you closer to me. You are in my every thought as I research and relive our life in this book about the versatility of your legacy. Everything is here as you left it and we are carrying on. It doesn't seem possible that it was three years on August 14 that we lost your endearing presence, so sudden and without warning. The pain of grief inside my soul just grows with each passing day of being without your sweet face and piercing blue eyes. To me, you always looked 26, never aging and always the same thoughtful Phil who would pick me a sunflower outside, give it to me with a kiss and a big smile. Writing a book about you is a major task reliving all those "Magic Moments" when we would go to the Mayfair theater, ride on the Ferris Wheel or play Miniature Gold in Asbury Park when it was a "Surreal, Dreamlike Place". As I regress in retrospect of all the adventures we shared, I am so grateful that we lived and worked in the same place being together 24/7. Our sons were lucky to have their Dad here all day but most of all watching you teaching them as they grew up. How you loved watching those little boys playing outside the window in front of your work bench. You always had the mystical quality of seeing the word through the eyes of a child.Your patience was like that of Job for you made time for all who needed it. Those early years of building a life and sharing the good and bad times was the bond that sealed us together forever. Your faith in God as the Patriarch of our family was the glue that held us firmly no matter what obstacles the world put in our path. In order to survive I must wear a mask for the world for my inner heart is broken never to be mended in this life. There are five things you cannot recover in life: The Stone after it is Thrown; The Word after it is Said; The Occasion after it is Missed; The Time after it is Gone and a Person after they die!
"For we walk by Faith not by Spirit" 2 Cor.5, 7. My Dearest Love, I long to feel your protective arms around me with the loving care you gave making us all feel safe and protected from the world. The words of this old tune tell of My Sentimental Journey, My Love, Happy 68th Birthday, May the Lord watch over you and I'll be seeing you in my Dreams as the words say.

I'll be seeing you
In all the old familiar places
That this heart of mine embraces
All day and through

In that small cafe
The park across the way
The children's carousel
The chestnut trees, the wishing well

I'll be seeing you
In every lovely summer's day
In everything that's light and gay
I'll always think of you that way

I'll find you in the morning sun
And when the night is new
I'll be looking at the moon
But I'll be seeing you

I'll be seeing you
In every lovely summer's day
In everything that's light and gay
I'll always think of you that way

I'll find you in the morning sun
And when the night is new
I'll be looking at the moon
But I'll be seeing you

You will always be in my heart, my mind and everything I do forever every moment, every day, every month, every year all the days of my Life! I'll be looking at the moon but I'll be seeing you and your beautiful blue eyes smiling at me.
My Dearest Sweetheart Phillip
HAPPY 68th BIRTHDAY and God Bless You!
Yours Forever With Love,
Your Lulu
Mrs. Phillip J. Petillo
August 16, 2013
Lucille, David and the whole family,
I only learned a few months ago of Phil's passing, within a month of my last visit with him- I went with my oldest friend Tom, whom I also lost in August 2010. Phil restored my '41 Martin D18 in 1970 and build a custom neck for my Mosrite in '72, we always stayed loosely in touch over the years- he was an amazing friend and a true genius. My deepest condolences to the family and I pray David will continue the luthier business his father began- the music world NEEDS him! RIP my old friend-
April 21, 2013
Mrs. Petillo, thank you for your beautiful undying love forever tribute to your amazing husband, a wonderful woman name Wendy was directed to read your amazing story and asked us to pray, we are honored to pray for you and your family. Words are inadequate to share how the you've touched our hearts, for truly you are God's amazing grace, the Lady Warriors.
January 05, 2013
We are sad to find out that this great man has passed,we think he was brilliant and amazing and will be big fans of his amazing work always. Jeffrey and Mary Free
January 01, 2013
December 31, 2012
My Dearest Darling Phillip,
The day that the Lord decided to take you from me, words kept echoing in my mind...Was this the last time I could be with you, talk to you, see your beautiful blue eyes glow in the morning light, feel your heart beat next to mine, was this the last time I could say "I Love You more than my own life." How much all who knew you admired your unending humility, honor, integrity, strength, creativity and perfection in your Work. The phenomenal qualities you possessed were God given as was your Talented Genius to look at the world through different eyes of Discovery & Wonder.
There are No goodbyes between us for they are too hard to accept. We have lost our child which no parent should have to endure such agony. There are so many things I wanted to say to you, that you know are in my unspoken heart for we are One in Christ. So many things I wish I could have done for you. So many breaths, I take without you here to share my woes, my worries, my sorrows, my joys but I will NEVER say Good-bye to you, My Love only Till We Meet Again Someday.
Time has a way of standing still for me. I feel your presence in every aspect of my life, whether I am writing a book about the many unique experiences that we shared in our lives or whether I am playing the Guitars you made me, your presence is here enveloping me with the Loving Kindness which you reflected all the days of your life to everyone. The Memories of you and our Son are in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers forever. This 1918 song speaks for me.

"TILL WE MEET AGAIN"
Smile the while you Kiss me Sad Adieu,
When the Clouds roll by,
I'll come to you.....!!
Then the Skies will seem more Blue,
Down in Lover's Lane, my Dearie,
Wedding bells will ring so merrily,
Ev'ry TEAR will be a MEMORY !!!
So Wait and PRAY Each Night for me,
Till we MEET Again.

Your Devoted Wife,
Mrs. Phillip J. Petillo Ph.D.
September 05, 2012
My deepest condolences to Mrs. Petillo.
September 04, 2012
My Dearest Husband,
Today you would be 67 years old and we are celebrating your life. Time has a way of creeping up on us and I can hardly can believe it has been 2 years that I still yearn to hear your kind voice, feel your gentle touch, hold your hands and put my head on your shoulder. Your essence surrounds my life and your legacy will live on forever, I promise you that. The perseverance and perfection in all your work is constant. Your ability to see goodness in everyone made you so special. Your customers refer to you as a “mensch” which means a man of great honor and integrity who gives help to all without seeking the glory of the world but rather the glory of God. You never turned anyone away. I miss you so much more and more as the years pass. We were joined in Sacramental Marriage that made us One person in the Lord. Words cannot express the power of what we shared so I refer to a Browning Poem to ease my grieving heart:

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
I love thee with the breath, smile, tears,
of all my life! --- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.


No written words can adequately express the deep, tender love we shared for 40 years. The Faith we had in the Lord will sustain our everlasting love forever until we meet again in eternity,
My Dearest Sweetheart, Phillip,
HAPPY 67th BIRTHDAY, God bless you!
Yours Forever With Love,
Your Lulu
Mrs. Phillip J. Petillo
September 04, 2012

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