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Philip Anastasia

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Philip Anastasia, loving husband to Eleanor Anastasia for 55 years; father to „Mickey‰ and Peggy Anastasia; brother to Joe Anastasia, Rosalie Casas, Angelo and John Anastasia; Papa to granddaughters Tracy Adler and Shelly Wells; Papa Phil to great grandkids Justin and Katie Wells and Sarah and Emily Adler; Uncle Phil to 13 nephews and nieces; and great Uncle Phil to 10 nieces and nephews. His family gave him much joy and love. Phil was born in New Jersey and traveled with his mother, Jennie Anastasia, by train to join his father, Joseph Anastasia, in Monterey. Phil graduated from San Carlos School and Monterey High School. He sold newspapers at a very early age and worked with his dad selling fish from the family fish truck. Phil worked for Coca Cola in the early 40‚s, when he drove a truck and delivered Coke. Later he went to work for his father at Anastasia‚s Fish Market on the Wharf. When his dad retired, Phil and his brother, Joe, owned and operated the fish market before selling it and buying Mike‚s Seafood restaurant on the Wharf. Phil served the City of Monterey for over 20 years as a member of the Harbor Committee and Planning Commission. Phil also organized the Wharf Association so businesses on the Wharf could better negotiate with the City of Monterey. Phil had a gift in the art of compromising in order to get the job done. He also served on one of the first Peninsula Little League boards. Phil and his wife, Ellie, enjoyed baseball and supported men‚s socko/softball teams over the years as well as sports teams from Monterey Peninsula College and Monterey High School. For over 40 years, Phil and Ellie supported the Carmelite Monastery. Each week they would gather food from local merchants and deliver a truck load of food to the sisters. Whenever he caught salmon from his boat he would make sure the sisters got some of the fresh catch. Phil was a very giving person. Services will be held at San Carlos Cathedral, Friday, January 30, at 9:30 a.m. Visitation at Mission Mortuary, Thursday, January 29, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Rosary will follow at 7 p.m. A special Mass will be said for Phil on Sunday, Feb. 1, at the Carmelite Monastery at 9 a.m. Donations can be made to either of the following organizations: Carmelite Monastery, 27601 Highway One, Carmel, CA 93923 or the local Alzheimer‚s Association, or your favorite charity.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Jan. 28, 2004
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