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1936 - 2014 |
Phillip Joesph Tufo Sr.
Feb 9, 1936 - July 3, 2014
Resident of Watsonville
Phil passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends on July 3, 2014. He was 78.
He was born in San Francisco to Joseph and Ida Tufo and oldest brother to Joseph Tufo Jr..
He met the love of his life, Emma Teresa "Jean", at 20 and they married on August 16, 1956- a beautiful Reno Wedding!!
They settled in Sunnyvale, CA. for 16 years. They started their family on June 3, 1957 with their first born girl, Deborah Ann Komm, who lives now in Soquel. She blessed her parents with two beautiful Grandchildren, Kenny Komm and Emmaly Komm.
Their number two daughter, Mary Ida Sotomayor, who lives in Santa Cruz, blessed her parents with two beautiful grandsons, Michael and Steven Sotomayor.
Their number three daughter Gina Marie Tufo, who lives in aptos, blessed them with a beautiful Grandson max Phillip tufo.
His only son, Phillip Joseph Tufo, Jr. (Smokey), lives in Watsonville with his father Phil.
In 1976, Phil and Jean came to Watsonville to open a family business. They owned Dick's Deli and Freedom Liquors while their children were growing up here in Watsonville. They sold the business and obtained other grocery jobs til they both retired.
Phil's favorite pastimes were watching the Giants play, the 49'ers, basketball and golf. All sports were in constant display on his 60 inch T.V.
He loved to travel to Reno, Reno, Reno! Ok, he only loved to travel to Reno. His bags were packed when you said the words Peppermill, and he played his favorite numbers at Keno 9-19-29-35-36 every time he was there.
Jean passed away in 2003 on June 21, and the whole family's life changed. They are now peacefully and happy together with all their loved ones who are on the other side. They will be forever missed. All of us here will await our reunion when our time comes. We will be happy like Phil is right now being reunited.
There are so many people to thank through Phil's journey.
We would like to thank all the support and help from Beacon Services, especially John, Matt, Mike, Michael and Tyler.
We would like to thank Watsonville hospital nurses Dean, Joe, and Natalie for their care for him and huge support and guidance for his daughters.
We would like to thank Heartland Hospice and their nurses Ginger, Fransisco, Cami and Teresa. We could have never done his home care without the angels you were to make his end journey peaceful.
A celebration for Phil will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family would love donations be made to Beacon Services of Soquel who are dear to our hearts and a huge help and support to our family. Please feel free to also donate to
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F.A.M.I.L.Y is one of the strongest words anyone can say because the letters mean Father And Mother I Love You!
We love you dad for being the father in such a beautiful family.
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on July 9, 2014
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