Chandler, Ariz. - Philip D'Angelo, 88, formerly of New London, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Chandler, Ariz.
He was born on Aug. 25, 1925, in New London, and was the second son of Lucia and Antonio D'Angelo. He graduated from Bulkeley School in 1944 and entered the U.S. Navy
where he was stationed in Brazil during World War II
from 1944-1946 and served as storekeeper. He chose to leave the Navy with an honorable discharge in 1946 to help his family in their businesses.
He began the journey of helping the family in their partnership in 1948 when he worked at Jill's Diner. In 1955, he purchased his first restaurant, The Wishing Well, which he owned until 1960. In 1960, he took the leap of faith and purchased the Oh Boy Diner Restaurant with his brothers, Pasquale, Salvatore and Dominic D'Angelo, which was owned until 1970 when the partnership decided to renovate and later reopen as the Surf-n-Turf Restaurant. The partnership sold Surf n-Turf in 1980. He also purchased the Flagship Motel with his family until it was sold in 2003.
He was a leader in his faith community, St. Joseph Church in New London, and served on the parish council in the 1970s. He served as president of the Feast of the Assumption Committee from 1978 until 2007. He was the recipient of a community service award for the years of service he gave to engage the Italian-American roman catholic community in New London through involvement in the Feast of the Assumption.
Over the years, he was involved in the Seanotes Barbershop Quartet, served as a member on Connecticut's Mystic & More Tourism Council at its inception, and was a member of the First Wednesday Club, a monthly men's professional group. He loved the game of golf and brought joy to all of those around him with his smile, kindness and jokes. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, traveling with his wife during retirement as well as cooking and singing with his friends and family. The last four years of his life, he resided with his wife, daughter and her family in Chandler, Ariz. He will be remembered for his devotion to his family, friends and his wonderful sense of humor.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Doris; his daughter, Gianna, both of Chandler; son, John of Palm Springs, Calif.; son-in-law, Curtis; his cherished granddaughter, Kate, who was the apple of his eye for the last nine years; and his siblings, Elizabeth Smith of Gales Ferry, and Dominic D'Angelo of Pinehurst, N.C.
A funeral mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at St. Steven's Church in Sun Lakes, Ariz. A lunch will follow the mass in the parish hall.
Donations may be made to
, 1188 North Dobson Road, Chandler, AZ 85224.