Philip A. Lirio, 90, of Vineland passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at home, surrounded by his loving family.
Philip was born in Vineland to the late Mayor Philip E. and Hazel (Noll) Lirio, and was a resident of Vineland for most of his life. He was a graduate of Vineland High School and later earned his degree from Princeton University in 1944. Philip was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Navy. He was a captain of the USS Newman APD 59, responsible for the liberation of the Philippine Islands under Gen. Douglas MacArthur's amphibious Navy. He received the Navy Commendation Ribbon and received congratulations personally from MacArthur. Prior to retirement, he was the president of Lirio Chemical Co. of Vineland for more than 50 years and a former Vineland councilman. Philip was a member of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish, St. Isidore's Church of Vineland. He also was a member for more than 50 years and past president of the Vineland Rotary Club and the past commissioner of the Landis Sewerage Authority. Philip was the past president and served on the board of the Wiseman's Club of the Vineland YMCA. He enjoyed boating, fishing and flying his airplane. Philip created and owned a patent for an emergency device in which aircraft can land on water.
Philip is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 58 years, Norma (Pollack) Lirio of Vineland; his two sons, Philip Lirio, and Christopher Lirio and wife Connie, all of Vineland; and his two grandsons, Jason Lirio and C.J. Lirio.
The funeral liturgy will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Christ the Good Shepherd Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 1010 E. Landis Ave., Vineland. Burial will follow in Siloam Cemetery, Vineland. Family and friends may gather on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Wainwright-Bernhardt Funeral Home, 1024 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, and on Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Philip may be made to the Vineland Rotary "Scholarship Fund," P.O. Box 7, Vineland, NJ 08362.
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