Philip Ansilio, 84, of Dallas died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at Hospice Community Care, located in Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.
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Born in Kingston on May 1, 1928, he was the son of Philip and Anna Orlando Ansilio. Phil was a graduate of Kingston High School, Class of 1946, where he excelled in football as a halfback and was active with many student clubs. Upon graduation, he attended Wyoming Seminary.
Phil resided in Dallas since 1963. He was a member of Gate of Heaven Church, an avid golfing member of Fox Hill Country Club, and participated in bowling leagues.
He traveled the world with his wife, Joan, and spent many happy times with close friends.
Phil was a hard-working entrepreneur throughout his career and he made significant contributions to the local economy. His first business as a young man was as a huckster, selling produce with his father and brother. The family later opened California Fruit Markets, with locations in Kingston, Dallas and West Pittston.
In the 1960s, Phil partnered with his father, brother, Tom, and brother-in-law, Ted Popielarz, and established California Flower Co. This manufacturing firm, located in West Pittston, produced and sold artificial flower items to supermarket, discount and drug store chains across the country. Together with his brother, Phil traveled to Hong Kong and China for 25 years to import flowers, making strong connections with the Asian marketplace.
Phil enjoyed retirement with his beloved wife, Joan, and for many years, spent nine months in Dallas, and the cold winter months at their home in Boca Raton, Fla.
His greatest enjoyment was sharing family meals followed by a card game. Phil's grandsons were his pride and joy, and he was the most dedicated fan at their sporting and scholastic events.
Phil will be deeply missed by his wife, Joan Hines, with whom he celebrated 61 years of marriage; his daughter, Terry, and son-in-law, Stephen Clemente; and grandsons, Michael and Jeffrey. He is also survived by a brother, Tom Ansilio and his wife, Louise; sister-in-law, Bev and her husband, John Williams; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, his sister, Laura Popielarz, and brother-in-law, Ted Popielarz, preceded him in death.
Phil leaves a legacy of how to love and live a life with passion.
Phil's family is grateful for all of his caregiver's support and kindness demonstrated during the last few years.
A celebration of Phil's life will be held at 9 a.m. Friday from Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas, with a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. at Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas, with the Rev. Daniel Toomey officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Sisters of Mercy, P.O. Box 370, Dallas, PA 18612, or a
Richard H. Disque Funeral Home, Inc.
2940 Memorial Highway
Dallas, PA 18612
Published in Citizens' Voice on Sept. 5, 2012