Phil Bondelli, 83, passed away on January 31. He was born in Chicago, IL in 1927. Phil was a World War II Veteran, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a pioneer of early television, working as a director for WBBM in Chicago until 1961. Phil was the local director for the Nixon-Kennedy debate in 1960. Phil relocated to California in 1961, directing more than 200 episodes of TV dramas. In 1993, he retired to Mesa, Arizona. Phil enjoyed golfing and taking his dog to the dog park. He was a member of the Directors Guild of America and the National Eagle Scout Association. Phil is survived by Jo-Anne, his wife of 28 years; his sons Roger (Teri), Kevin, and Scott; his daughters, Pamela and Kathleen (Anthony); his daughter-in-law, Lisa; seven grandchildren; sister Jo (Al), brothers Vincent and Jack (Connie), and brother-in-law Edward. He was preceded in death by his son Michael. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be given in Phil's honor to the
. Arrangements are entrusted to Mariposa Gardens Funeral Care, Mesa. Condolences may be made at www.mariposagardens.com.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 2, 2011