HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Philip A. Bifulco, 87, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014, after several years of declining health. Mr. Bifulco was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and eventually moved to Queens Village, N.Y., before moving to Vernon in 1973. In 2011, he and his wife, Virginia, and daughter, Loretta, moved to Huntsville, Ala. Before moving to Vernon permanently, vacations were spent building the majority of the house he and his family called home for so many years. Mr. Bifulco served as a seaman first class in the Navy during World War II. He was stationed on the USS Portsmouth and was a plank-holder for the Portsmouth. Throughout his life, he enjoyed the occasional fishing and hunting trip with friends and family. He took great pride in his home shop and created solutions for every challenge that came his way. His hobbies were many and included handball and speed-skating in his youth. Eventually, building U-controlled and radio controlled planes, cars, boats and model rockets became his passion. Countless hours were spent building fishing rods and tying flies, many of which will be treasured for years to come. Mr. Bifulco leaves his wife of 55 years, Virginia; son, Philip and wife, Linda, of Huntsville, Ala.; son, William and wife, Debbi, of Newton; and daughter, Loretta, of Huntsville, Ala. He also leaves granddaughter, Rebecca and husband, Jack (Eagly), of Huntsville, Ala.; grandson, Brian (Bifulco) and wife, Amanda, of Dahlonega, Ga.; three great-grandsons, Patrick, Christopher and Jonathan (Eagly); and sister, Millie Tashman, of Clifton Park, N.Y. After a small private service, interment will be at Valhalla Memory Gardens, Huntsville, Ala.
Published in The New Jersey Herald on Mar. 12, 2014