Vincent James Filliben Sr.
1930 - 2015
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Vincent James Filliben, Sr.

February 3, 1930 - June 22, 2015

Vincent Filliben passed away peacefully at home with his devoted wife of 59 years, Eleanor, and family by his side. He is survived by his children: Theresa Filliben, Kathy McCoy and husband Scott, Vincent Filliben Jr. (VJ) and wife Tammy, Anne Filliben Dougherty and husband Tucker, and Sean Filliben. His son, Mark, passed away in 1965.

He is also survived by eleven grandchildren, Vincent Filliben III (Jamie) (Heather), Samantha Filliben, Taylor Filliben, Kevin McCoy (Sarah), Kristin McCoy, Michael Filliben, Tovi Filliben-Johnson, Abigail Filliben, Zachary Filliben, Ryan Dougherty, and Thomas Dougherty; and three great-grandchildren Ford, Margot, and Kate. Vincent is predeceased by his parents John and Elizabeth, brothers John, Robert, Edward, and Norbert, and survived by brothers Francis and James, and sister Mary Margaret Algeo. Vincent graduated from Archmere in 1947 where he excelled as an athlete playing football, basketball, and baseball. He graduated from Drexel University, studying commerce and engineering while playing basketball and baseball. He played baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system. He served in the Korean War and was stationed in the Far East where he played basketball and baseball in the 40th AAA in Japan. While serving in the army, he received a phone call from the principal and head master of Archmere, Father Justin E. Diny, who offered him the opportunity to coach and teach Math at his alma mater. Vincent began his 37 year coaching and teaching career in fall of 1954. He coached football (1954-1958), basketball (1954-1985), baseball (1954-1985), and served as athletic director until 1992. In addition, he was a basketball official for IAABO (International Association of Approved Basketball Officials) and a rules interpreter for 20 years. He received numerous recognitions from his athletic/coaching career: 1978- Archmere Academy Alumnus of the Year, 1980- Accolades for his 300 plus basketball victories and .764 winning percentage, 1992- Archmere Academy Sports Hall of Fame, 1995- DELCO Sports Hall of Fame, 2010 - Archmere dedicated the Moglia Fieldhouse Court in his name, 2015- Delaware Basketball Hall of Fame. Vincent was also a man of strong faith and an active participant in The Church of the Holy Child where he served as lector, usher, and Eucharistic minister. He started the first Knights of Columbus council #12190, and was the Grand Knight of that council. Later, he was inducted as a Fourth degree Knight.

Friends and family are invited to a viewing at the Patio at Archmere Academy, 3600 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE on Thursday, June 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Another viewing will be held the following day, Friday, June 26, from 8:45 a.m.-9:45 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Archmere Academy with a Mass of Christian Burial offered at 10 a.m. Interment will follow Mass at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Archmere Academy Education Fund in memory of Vincent J. Filliben Sr.

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Published in The News Journal from Jun. 24 to Jun. 26, 2015.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
JUN
25
Viewing
05:30 - 08:30 PM
JUN
26
Viewing
08:45 - 09:45 AM
Performing Arts Center at Archmere Academy
JUN
26
Mass of Christian Burial
10:00 AM
Performing Arts Center at Archmere Academy
JUN
26
Interment
St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church Cemetery
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28 entries
June 18, 2019
How missed he will be. We will all miss that special smile. Jim mulligan thought so highly of the Filliben boys! Go Auks will always bring joy to the so many student memories, He and the family are in my thoughts and prayers . Mrs. James Mulligan Jr (Class of 50 )
June 29, 2015
Kathy, to you and your family I pray all your memories bring smiles.
Karen (Wood) St.John
June 26, 2015
My sincere sympathy to Mrs Filliben and family Mr Filliben showed me kindness at a difficult time in my life which I will never forget. May he RIP.
Evelyn Pietrobono
June 26, 2015
May Coach Filliben rest in peace. He well earned his place next to Our Lord.
Chaiben Fas-Alzamora
June 26, 2015
Vinnie was a great friend of the Deveney family. I am sure he and his gang are together again watching over their loved ones
Deb (Mrs Thomas) Deveney
June 26, 2015
McGovern John
June 25, 2015
Requiescat In Pace, Mr. Filliben,and Peace to his family during this difficult time. He was a remarkable man, teacher, and coach. I always cherished how he signed my yearbook : " There's only one way to slide..., and that's downhill ".

Jerry Tomczyk, Class of 1966.
June 25, 2015
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband and father. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hang on to the wonderful memories.
Peace to all of you.
Sister Janet Walters
June 25, 2015
A great teacher, a great coach, a great mentor, a great man. The world is diminished by his passing. Deepest sympathies to his wife and family.

Gene Seniura '64
Gene Seniura
June 25, 2015
Our love and prayers for Eli and the entire family. Memories are priceless treasures that you will charish forever in your hearts. They will enable you to continue with your journey for whatever life has is store. God has blessed you with so many wonderful memories of such a wonderful, loving man. Our sincerest condolences.
Tim and Bonnie Kopko
June 25, 2015
So Sorry for the lost of your dear loved one, Mr. Filliben Sr. May the "God of all Comfort" be with your family during this difficult time. 2Cor 1:3
June 25, 2015
My prayers and sympathy for Vince, Elli and the family. May his reward be great for his dedication as a teacher, coach and disciple of Jesus Christ. He was a role model for all who knew him. May he rest in peace.
Fr. Sal Cuccia
June 25, 2015
My sincere sympathy to the Filliben family at this sad time. Mr Filliben extended his kindness to me at a difficult time in my life. May he RIP.
June 25, 2015
My prayers and condolences for Vince and the family. Vince's dedication and value system will be his lasting legacy. May his noble soul rest in peace for all that he gave to Archmere and the church. It was an honor to be a part of the faculty with him.
Fr. Stephen Rossey, O.Praem.
(Fr.) Stephen Rossey
June 25, 2015
Mr. Filliben was one of the great guys you meet only so often in life. I can picture him on the court coaching Basketball as if it was just yesterday; not 50 years ago.
Ed Parr C 1965
June 25, 2015
May God bless and care for a man who guided so many students in the classroom, sports and life ahead. Mr Filliben along with Fr.Diny were the early foundation of Archmere Academy.

John McGovern
Class of 1958
June 24, 2015
Coach Filliben was a true role model for all of his players at Archmere; he played, coached and taught the game the "right way. " Rest in Peace Coach.
Mike Connolly
June 24, 2015
I worked with Sean for several years and enjoyed it. I send my sympathy to the family.
Lee Kaser
June 24, 2015
Vince Filliben was one of the best. He was a Scholar and an Athelete. Quite a positive influence on the boys at Archmere As a member of the class of '55, I remember Vince as a coach and teacher.
Jack Ralston
June 24, 2015
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time of loss.
Fred Casino
June 24, 2015
Very fond memories of Vince joining us kids playing on Bancroft Parkway during the fifties. My heartfelt condolences.
Dave Satterfield
June 24, 2015
Vince was such a sweetheart and Jim Mulligan was always so delighted to see him at Archmere affairs and at St Mary Magdalen. Of course sports was always the primary topic of conversation! All will miss his friendship and smiles. With sympathy,
Shirley Mulligan
June 24, 2015
Mr. Filliben taught me Algebra II in 10th grade. That would be circa 1966 - 1967. Not having learnt anything in Algebra I, he, more than any other of my teachers, awakened a passion for Mathematics in me. I loved his dry sense of humor.
My condolences and prayers for the Filliben family. May the Kingdom of Heaven be his.
Ralph Miegel
June 24, 2015
all career wins and years of teaching aside,he made all of us better men. here's to the coach.jmc
June 24, 2015
Mr. Filliben was a wonderful teacher; demanding but always fair and encouraging. Like all great teachers, he pushed to get the best out of everyone. He was also a demanding coach - a meticulous disciple of John Wooden who emphasized the fundamentals and teamwork. He was an inspiration and mentor who will be fondly remembered and sorely missed. God bless you Coach.
~~ JT Scully (Archmere, 1971)
June 24, 2015
Mrs. Filliben, please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss. It was a privilege to have been able to care for him and I thank you for your trust.
Dr. Stephen Brutscher
June 24, 2015
Prayers for the Filliben family. Vince was a mentor and inspiration to so many young people, whether they played sports for him or had him as a teacher. A good man has been called home.
Leon Gratkowski
June 24, 2015
Mr.Filliben practiced the scare of math out of me. One of the finest teachers I have ever had in my life. He gave so much of himself to so many. God Bless You, Mr. Filliben, one of the best. My sincerest condolences to the family.
Barbara Dorsey
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