Cicerchi, Philip J.
Philip J. Cicerchi of Corning, 82, retired owner and president of Top Tile of New York and New Jersey, died peacefully on June 20 surrounded by his loving family, after a two-and-a-half year battle with esophageal cancer. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Eleanor T. Cicerchi; three children, Dr. Michael (Janis) Cicerchi of Colorado, Renee Cicerchi (Dennis Sullivan) of New Hampshire, and Alison (Michael) Durinzi of Pennsylvania; and two step children, Amy Weskerna (Ranjan) Saha of Australia and Robert (Anna) Weskerna of Florida. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Katie and Christina Cicerchi, Danny Sperl, Megan Sperl (Calvin) Legge, Renee and Andi Ryan and Nicholas Durinzi; five step grandchildren: Rohan and Ishana Saha, Lev Weskerna, and Michelle and Marissa Durinzi; and two great grandchildren. Born in 1930 in Cleveland, OH, to Evelyn Komm Cicerchi and Philip Cicerchi, both of whom predeceased him, he grew up in Lakewood, OH. As a member of the Class of 1949 at Lakewood High School, he lettered in basketball, playing left guard and starting every varsity game he played. He attended Baldwin Wallace College on a basketball scholarship, later serving in the U.S. Army
at Fort Monmouth, NJ as a field telephone equipment instructor during the Korean War
. He entered the flooring business when he joined Top Tile in Albany, NY, in 1962 as a salesman, later rising to the position of president of the company, which had 26 locations in the East at the time. In 1974 he started his own business, Top Tile, in Dover, NJ. Over the next 10 years he opened four additional stores in Newton, NJ and Elmira, Endicott, and Binghamton, NY, a warehouse, and expanded the business to include kitchens and bathrooms, also changing the name of the company to Top Tile of NY and NJ. He retired in 2000. He and his wife were long-time residents of River Vale, NJ. They moved to Corning, her hometown, in 2002. Known for his remodeling and woodworking skills, he served as chair of the building committee for the Bergen County (NJ) chapter of Habitat for Humanity from 1995 to 2000. He held a pilot's license for more than 60 years and, at the time of his death, was helping his son build a Quest Air Venture high-performance airplane. He also enjoyed traveling to Europe, Asia, and Australia with his wife and playing poker at the Marconi Lodge and Elks Club
of Corning. Calling hours will be Thursday, June 27, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home, 17 West Pulteney Street in Corning. A memorial service will be held at the same location on Friday, June 28, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to Care First, formerly Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY or to the