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Francis Anthony (Phil) Fillipow

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Captain Francis (Phil) Anthony Fillipow

Captain Francis (Phil) Anthony Fillipow, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on February 1st, 2014, after 92 years of a very full life. Phil was born and raised in Long Beach to Polish immigrant parents. After graduating from Wilson High School, he attended the California Maritime Academy and after a war driven accelerated graduation, he quickly worked his way up to the rank of Captain by the time he was only 24. He served as Captain on a variety of ships for more than 40 years, sailing mostly to South America. During his retirement, Phil kept busy traveling the world with his wife, attending the symphony, and adopting Golden Retrievers. He was also one of the original Aquarium of the Pacific Volunteers, where he worked every Thursday for 15 years. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Renee, his three children, Susan, Steven and Michael and six grandchildren: Alex and Nick Tran, and Lauren, Jacqueline, Sonia and Melia Fillipow. His memorial and burial at sea services are being planned. In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be made on his behalf to the Aquarium of the Pacific. Checks made out to and sent to Aquarium of the Pacific: 320 Golden Shore #150, Long Beach CA 90802, Attn.: Kendra Jones. Tax ID#33-0532354 or online at: www.aquariumofpacific.org. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Feb. 20, 2014
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