NEWTON - Harris "Harry" Sanfilippo, 92, of Newton, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Newton Medical Center of complications from the flu.|
Born in Newark, Harry moved with his family to Bloomfield and graduated from Bloomfield High School. Volunteering for active duty in World War II, Harry was an Army veteran from 1942 to 1946, and served in Europe as the war ended.
Upon his return, with the support of family and immigrant parents, who loved their adopted country, Harry received his bachelor's degree from Union College and later his master's in business from New York University. He enjoyed a long and rewarding career in human resources, working for Bell Laboratories and AT&T for 38 years as human resource division manager in New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey until his retirement in 1986.
With a lifelong focus on helping others, Harry was involved in civic organizations during his time in Massachusetts, and remained an active member of his community well into his retirement in New Jersey. He was involved with the Telephone Pioneers of America, was a 30-year member of the Old Guard in Summit, and was a longtime volunteer for the Summit Chapter of the Red Cross, where he met his cherished wife, Betty.
The son of the late Anthony and Rose (La Bruno) Sanfilippo, Harry was also predeceased by an infant son and two brothers, Joe SanFilippo and Sal Sanfilippo. He is survived by his devoted wife, Elizabeth "Betty" (May) Sanfilippo; his children, Nedra San Filippo and partner, Keith French, Janice "Jan" Unoski and husband, John ,and Dean SanFilippo and wife, Madeline; his grandchildren, Emma Unoski, Alex San Filippo-Rosser and wife, Sarah French; his step-daughters, Rondi Nelson and Suzanne Matthews and husband, Tom; and his step-grandchildren, Scott Ramnitz, Timothy Ramnitz, and Michael Ramnitz. He is also survived by his siblings, Mary D'Alonzo, Bob SanFilippo and wife, Eleanor, Helen Quinn and husband, Chuck; and his sisters-in-law, Nancy SanFilippo and Patricia Sanfilippo; as well as cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, in the Chapel at Bristol Glen, 200 Bristol Glen Drive, Newton. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hire Heroes USA, a non-profit organization focused on empowering veterans to succeed in the workplace: www.hireheroesusa.org.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton. Online condolences may be offered at: www.smithmcrackenfuneralhome.com.
Published in The New Jersey Herald on Jan. 1, 2017