Phillip J. Petillo Ph.D.
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PHILLIP J.
PETILLO, PH.D.
AGE: 64
OCEAN TOWNSHIP
Phillip J. Petillo, Ph.D., 64, of Ocean Township, passed away Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. He was born Sept. 4, 1945 in Jersey City and lived the majority of his life at the Shore. He was a Master Luthier, engineer, inventor, electronics consultant, draftsman, scientist, musician and a true Renaissance Man. Phil started repairing musical instruments at the age of 14, his interest blossomed into a lifelong passion for making, designing and constructing guitars of superior quality. Phillip graduated from Colombia University with a degree in Industrial Engineering and a Doctorate in Engineering Technology from La Salle. Phil made guitars with Jimmy DiSerio, godson of John D'Angelico in his Manhattan workshop. He also studied with Phillippe Rimmler, a world renowned marquetrarian. In the mid-70's, Phil designed and built the first four Prototypes of the Kramer Guitar presented at the Chicago Namm show in 1976, which introduced the aluminum neck. Phil is also well-known in the music world for his association with artist such as Bruce Springsteen, Tal Farlow, Chuck Wayne, and Jim Croce. Phil has also pioneered and refined medical and surgical devices that have saved many lives. He has done restoration work for the Smithsonian museum, restored several Stradivarius violins and made instruments in the Chinery Collection. He also received three patents for his original work with the Hydrogen Generator and Fuel Cell technology. Phil was featured in the Who's Who of Manhattan American Inventors and was given the New Jersey Pride Award from Governor Florio. Dr. Petillo has accumulated a mass of 30 patents in the medical, musical, and alternative energy fields.
Phil was a deeply religious family man who was the father of five sons, a devoted husband of 39 wonderful years. Phillip loved his family and shared with them his God-given gifts and a love of the Lord and the Bible. He has great gifts of compassion, tolerance and patience in all that he did. He is survived by his devoted wife, Lucille (Kersmarki) Petillo; five sons, Phillip Jr., 37 and daughter-in-law, Michelle and granddaughter, Emily, Stephen, 34, Michael, 31, David, 30, and Timothy, 27.
As the Bible says: "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the Faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a Crown of Righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, shall give me at that day..." Timothy 4:7-8.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, with a service at 7:30 p.m. at Francioni, Taylor and Lopez Funeral Home, Neptune. Internment will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18 at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, send donations to St. Mary's Church, Deal.

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Published by Asbury Park Press from Aug. 16 to Aug. 17, 2010.
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January 2021
My Dearest Darling Phillip,

As the New Year begins, memories of you enter my thoughts, my mind and my heart. Wondering your reaction to the pandemic we have endured this year and what the unknown future will bring to our Great Nation. Although it has been over 10 years of loss, it feels like the day after without my forever love.
Any woman who has lost a beloved spouse knows that the feeling of loss never fully passes away. You carry it with you and learn to be a good actress. We are sustained by the memories in our hearts and minds as each year progresses and we are forced to learn to live without our beloved. No one is promised tomorrow so one should remember to count your blessings each day with your children, your work and your goals for the future. Phil, you are with me every minute of every day of every year. We thank God for these divine blessings. May the New Year renew our love, our dedication and our stalwart persistence remembering our cherished life with you. Proverbs 16:24 "Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body."

With my Eternal Love forever,
Lulu
Mrs. Lucille A. Petillo
Spouse
January 9, 2021
September 4, 2020
My Darling Phillip,

Thinking of you on your Birthday! I am so grateful for the memories of all the hours, hard work and sleepless nights Phil endured to create beautiful masterpieces like my own guitar which I cherish. Respect and Commitment are two actions that Phil lived by, always by my side, in my heart, my thoughts and in all I do. The wonderful happy memories of his loving kindness sustains me in the wee small hours of the morning. We are soulmates in time eternal. It’s the little moments in life that make us realize that our loved ones are really with us always, whether it’s a butterfly, cardinal or an unusual event that happens when we need it most. You are loved and thought of often. May you enjoy watching Phil, age 39 in Cable Show 1985 Part 2. https://youtu.be/w0ZQUjy_0r4
Love hearing that special voice talk
away. Just remember.. "Beginnings are usually scary, endings are usually sad, but it's what's in the middle that counts"

Semper Fidelis with Love,
Your Lulu
Mrs. Lucille A. Petillo
Spouse
September 3, 2020
August 14, 2020
My Beloved Phillip,
Ten Years have passed since you suddenly left us. When you love eternal, grief never leaves your side but only changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay, not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith. We shared 'True Love', the heartbreak of losing my beloved will never pass but has evolved into the Loving Memories you left with me that Warms my Heart and keeps me going in this life. My dearest Phil, you were a Man on a Mission. You put your Heart and Soul in all the beautiful stringed instruments you created, the medical inventions you conceived for others plus the hydrogen generator you invented. You gave your total self to creating Artistic Excellence with No compromise! You were an idealistic Renaissance Man but yet extremely humble. What we once shared deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. You shall always be with me and your grown sons reflected in our daily lives and in the future. God bless you my dearest husband. I know someday I will see you again. In my heart, I hold you close and keep you safe in my thoughts until then. Semper Fidelis Forever.
Your devoted wife,
Lulu
Mrs. Lucille A. Petillo
Spouse
August 13, 2020
December 31, 2019
To my Darling Phillip,
As we enter a new Decade, look back to a time when things were made by hand not by computer. Ten years passed since then, yet each day my beloved Phillip J. Petillo, Master-Luthier Engineer inspires me with his artistry as I wander endlessly through his technical papers, drawings, notes that help me conquer the hours with a strong will and determination to 'record' the wonderful projects from a time when creativity was built by hand. Reflecting on the hard work and sleepless nights he dedicated to create masterpieces like my guitar featured in this film. Watching him bend the sides, design braces for a specific sound whether in the studio done for Jim Croce or projecting for Julian Bream at Princeton McCarter Theater. He created each shape, customizing the fingerboard and making each musician's style shine whether classical, solid body, dreadnought or archtop, all were sacrosanct to him. Respect and Commitment are two actions that Phil lived everyday, always by my side, in my heart, my thoughts and in all I do. The wonderful happy memories of his loving kindness sustain me in the wee small hours of the morning, soul mates in time eternal. Love that didactic voice! All you guys who remember firsthand the joy of watching your Custom Made Guitar' being built will love hearing that special voice speaking endlessly about the Craft he loved so well. Happy New Year 2020, the Memories live on..Semper Fidelis.. https://youtu.be/EzckVK5Kvu8
Love Eternal,
Your LuLu
Lucille Petillo
December 31, 2019
September 4, 2019
My Dearest Phillip,

Remembering your unique personality and rare skills on your Birthday. It is rare and unusual to find such a man with so many God-given gifts yet filled with kindness and humility for everyone. You could capture the serenity of a lakeside scene of beautiful flowers with Inlaid Wood in your marquetry pieces. You created beautiful Musical Instruments that serenade the SOUL. You used Ingenuity to Solve Medical Needs for many others. It's amazing how you implemented both the Artistic and Logical Levels of your skills. Hence, you strove to make Life a little better for all who knew you. I thank God everyday of my life for the memories we shared together. Its been nine years now, and if there is one thing I have learned, its that there is comfort beauty in the written word. When those silent prayers for our loved ones arent enough, writing them on paper can be soothing balmy comfort for the soul. Sometimes I write down memories in my journal, old and new that help ease the pain and frustration. These notes are concrete, solid writings to save when nothing makes sense in the real world. Somewhere in the back of my mind it feels like we're protecting the new memories you missed for posterity. You are always in our hearts forevermore. "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away" ..Revelation 21:4. Semper Fidelis.

Love,
Your Lulu


Lucille Petillo
Spouse
September 3, 2019
August 14, 2019
My Dearest Phillip,

How totally incomprehensible it is to grasp that you're gone for 9 yrs today, August 14, 2019. How can this be my reality! The day you passed was disbelief to accept the debilitating fact that stays with me every minute of every day of my life. Marriage is a blessed union especially if you share a harmonious balance with just a glance or a touch of the hand being attuned to each other's feelings. You instantly know what each other is thinking and can anticipate your needs without saying a word. This is what we shared for 40 yrs. You feel like you're half a person existing in a confused world without my other half. This longing for your presence never goes away. We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our life's journey that is left. One who loves roses must be patient and not cry out when pierced by thorns. It is imperative to create a special place in your heart where you can carry your loved one with you at all times, while living daily life without his ever presence. Death ends a lifetime for one but not the relationship of two that perpetually lasts forever. You're always in my heart, dear one.

Love,
Your LuLu
Lucille Petillo
August 12, 2019
August 14, 2019
My Dearest Phillip,

How totally incomprehensible it is to grasp that you're gone for 9 yrs today, August 14, 2019. How can this be my reality! The day you passed was disbelief to accept the debilitating fact that stays with me every minute of every day of my life. Marriage is a blessed union especially if you share a harmonious balance with just a glance or a touch of the hand being attuned to each other's feelings. You instantly know what each other is thinking and can anticipate your needs without saying a word. This is what we shared for 40 yrs. You feel like you're half a person existing in a confused world without my other half. This longing for your presence never goes away. One must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our life's journey that is left. One who loves roses must be patient and not cry out when pierced by thorns. It is imperative to create a special place in your heart where you can carry your loved one with you at all times, while living daily life without his ever presence. Death ends a lifetime for one but not the relationship of two that perpetually lasts forever. I thank God for our precious memories. You're always in my heart, dear one.

Love,
Your LuLu
Lucille Petillo
Spouse
August 12, 2019
My Dearest Phil,

It is difficult to realize that another year has passed missing you now for eight years with each day feeling like it was the first. Today we dig out new calendars for 2019, putting them up tomorrow. The pages are white and pristine, waiting to write on. Now my old calendars are looking rag tag with old notes here and there marking days from last year. These days now are gone and will never come again. As I enter into this New Year, 2019... I can't help reflecting on the cherished memories we shared. I gratefully recall these magic moments every day of my life. They make me happy and motivated to keep your historical work alive. I thank God everyday for the 40 years we shared. I am grateful for all my blessings.

Life moves very fast in the current Technocracy we live in today. Our sons have had hopes and dreams realized that would make you a very proud Father. They possess the same zeal for discovery, invention and life lessons that you taught them. Reflections of the wonderful foundational work ethic you represent is preserved in these young men. Your presence surrounds us completely in the walls of your shop where you worked your wonders everyday. You are a vital part of everything we do and create. The words of hope we seek are in Revelation 21-4: "And God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes. There shall be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." Happy New Year my Dear Heart.

With Devoted Love,
Lulu
Mrs. Lucille Petillo
January 1, 2019
September 4, 2018
My Darling Phil,

Thinking of you on your birthday. Today is special to me, I love to write parodies and stories of the adventures you and I shared together in our life and business. There is a special positive beauty of expression in the written word. When silent prayers we say do not suffice, pen to paper can be the soothing balm of the soul. Eight years later you are missed more thru every year, everyday, every moment of my life. Time really flies in one lifetime. Each day memories of your artistry inspires me as I wander endlessly through your technical papers, drawings, notes that help me conquer the hours with a strong will and determination to 'record' the wonderful projects from a time when creativity was built by hand. I am so grateful for the hours, hard work and sleepless nights you endured to create beautiful masterpieces like my own guitar which I cherish. Respect and Commitment are two actions that you lived by, always by my side, in my heart, my thoughts and in all I do. Wonderful happy memories of your loving kindness sustains me in the wee small hours of the morning. We are soulmates in time eternal. Today is your birthday in heaven above. I am sending my blessings on the wings of a dove, not only for today, but every day hereof, I think of you always, my love! Semper Fidelis. Your Lulu.
Mrs. Lucille Petillo
September 3, 2018
August 13, 2018
To my Dearest Husband Phillip,

Sharing a memory with you from August 14, 2015. Eight years have passed...but it will always be yesterday for me....Your quiet demeanor, your artistic gifts from above, your humble spirit will live on in an enduring legacy of 'people' who knew you personally as friend, confidante, fellow musician whose ultimate goal was to make their guitars and their performance exceptional. You were a man on a mission putting his heart and soul in every project, instrument, invention...giving his total self to creating artistic excellence with no compromise.. truly an idealistic Renaissance Man. When you love eternal...grief never leaves your side. Aeschylus once spoke these words of wisdom: "There is no pain so great as the 'memory of joy' in present grief"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTWJTb17jSst=69s Revelation 21:4 "4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
With all my Love Eternally,
Your Devoted wife,
Lucille
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Lucille Petillo
August 14, 2018
December 31, 2017
My dearest Phillip,
As the old year comes to an end and a new year approaches, we thank God for the blessings of our lives. The year 2018 sounds like Science Fiction. The poem that describes you is this:
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death."

Elizabeth Barrett felt this way about her soul mate Robert Browning in 1850. I dedicate this poem to you, my love, my best friend, my mentor, the father of my children and the patriarch of our home. Till we meet again. Semper Fidelis.
With Eternal Love your wife,
Lucille
Mrs. Lucille Petillo
December 31, 2017
My Dearest Darling Phillip, Today is your birthday. Time has a way of passing quickly from moments to days to months and years. Our family has been without your caring thoughtfulness for seven long years. How can that be? As one grows older, the days grow shorter. Aeschylus said: "In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God. In 1992, Phil received the N.J. Pride Award in Science & Technology. Remembering his September 4th birthday, by sharing this ceremony with all who remember the special, humble man with God-given gifts who helped others. "Beginnings are usually scary, endings are usually sad, but it's what's in the middle that counts." Semper Fidelis. Thank you for watching and please pass on this proud moment for him. Love is eternal living in our hearts and souls forevermore.. Love, Lucille
https://youtu.be/ApWVPCUNzco

Lucille Petillo
Spouse
September 4, 2017
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September 4, 2016
My Darling Husband,
Today we remember your birthday and all the triple layer chocolate cakes we celebrated for 45 years. In my archives was found a time machine that took our memories back to 1985 which sounds so long ago, yet to me just yesterday when our five sons were so young and happiness was your mere presence every moment of my life. Just to have one of those moments back if possible. This is part of a local show they did on the beautiful artistry of your God given talent creating beautiful stringed instruments which your sons now carry on the legacy. It was a simpler time before cable and social media. You will never be forgotten my dearest love always in my heart forever. Semper Fidelis. Love you forever!
Your devoted wife,
Lucille
https://youtu.be/xFwfObK8FEQ
An Interview with Channel 4 and 7
https://youtu.be/p0ucXUDLHCY
https://youtu.be/D1DxNgQzdEQ
Oh to have a time machine to go back just one day with you, my dearest Phillip. You were truly blest my God.
Mrs. Lucille Petillo
September 10, 2016
August 14, 2016
While words can never fully express how much someone means to you, language provides comfort, solace, hope and even inspiration as time creeps upon us living our daily lives eternally without that person who shared everything, my husband & soulmate. Hard to believe it has been six years today that my beloved passed suddenly without any warning. Every hour and every moment for the rest of my life, his presence is eternally missed. These words express the uplifting love we shared in sacramental marriage, representing a beautiful Tribute to a humble, kind and giving man of many gifts from God.
"What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for Life to Strengthen each other in all Labor, to Rest on each other in all Sorrow, to Minister to each other in all Pain, to be One with each other in Silent, unspeakable Memories at the Moment of our Last Parting by the Grace of God Almighty.
Semper Fidelis with Love,
Your devoted wife Lucille
Mrs. Lucille Petillo
August 14, 2016
September 4, 2015
My Darling Phil,
Today is special for I love to write parodies & stories of the adventures we shared together. I've discovered that there is positive beauty of expression in the written word. When silent prayers we say do not suffice, pen to paper can be the soothing balm of the soul. Today we celebrate your birthday with your favorite triple layer chocolate truffle cake that would day Happy 70 years! Hard to believe I am missing you more every year, everyday, every moment in my life. Time really flies in one lifetime. Each day you inspire me as I wander endlessly through your papers, drawings, notes that help me conquer the hours with a strong will and determination to 'record' all your wonderful projects from a time when everything was built by hand. I remember how when you bought me a sewing machine, you had to take it completely apart and put it back together with that little boy curiosity that never left you all your life. I am so grateful for all of the hours, hard work,and sleepless nights you endured to create beautiful masterpieces like my own guitar which I cherish. Respect and Commitment are two actions that you lived by. You will always be by my side, in my heart, my thoughts and everything I do. I miss all the time we would just talk and you would listen. The wonderful happy memories I have of your loving kindness sustains me in those lonely wee small hours of the morning. Nothing can fill the void without you so writing thinking of what you are missing helps me to know that we shared everything in our lives. We are soulmates in time eternal, my love forever in Sacramental Marriage! The Lord knows how much I wanted to grow old with you. The happy years we shared are enough to last a lifetime. There is an Eye that never sleeps, beneath the wind of night. There is an Ear that never shuts, When sinks the beam of light. There is an Arm that never tires, When human strength gives way. There is a Love that never fails, When earthly loves decay.
God speed your love to me, My Darling Phillip, Love and Semper Fidelis,
Your Lulu
Mrs. Lucille Petillo
September 4, 2015
My Dearest Darling Phil,
How can it be five years that you are gone from me. I miss you so much, hearing the sound of your voice. As the poets say "Time is fleeting" five years is but a second in eternity, for me it is like yesterday. These wise Scriptures describe you my dearest husband the "Gentle Man" who was my Best Friend, "United in one flesh" by the Creator's Sacred Sacramental Covenant Marriage Forever: "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the Truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails ... And now these three remain Faith, Hope and Love but the greatest of these is Love." 1Corinthians 13:4-8
The soul is eternal. Poets tell us that if a picture paints a thousand words, then why can't I paint you? Words leave us speechless to show the you I know. I'll be with you beside you always when the world stops spinning and starts dying, we'll be together again at the end of twilight. Mystery of the Soul uniquely special bring us together in God's time. When the world is done, till we meet again. My prayers are with you. God speed your love to me, my dearest Phil.
Love Semper Fidelis,
Your Lulu
Lucille Petillo
August 14, 2015
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Every time I play an aluminum neck Kramer guitar, I know that Dr. Petillo was instrumental in the creation of this instrument. Gone too soon! RIP.
Guitar Player
February 1, 2015
December 31, 2015
Oh, My Love, My darling, it is difficult to perceive four years without you. You have shown me what love is and what it feels like to be truly loved. You are the Beat of my Heart, the Soul in my body, without you, I am lost. I will always love you. You were the shoulder I cried upon, the one who hugged me when I needed it most, my very best friend. You were there for me through life's difficulties. I learned to live through you and with you. I dreamed of all the things we planned to do that never happened. Every time you kissed me when our lips touched softly, I could feel the Magic of that very "First Kiss" with our hearts beating so closely entwined as one. From our beginning. how glad I was that my guitar needed to be fixed for it was the guitar that brought us together. You have shown me how to live! You are the one I looked at when I wanted to smile, without you I feel like I left my Soul at your side. You have shown me how to be truly happy. You make me smile when others can't, you make me feel warm when I am cold. I want you to know that every time I smile, it is with "Memories" of you. You gave me so much of your love that you are my Whole Life, My Happiness. I mean this with all my Heart and Soul before God that just because you have passed away, my Darling Phillip, does not mean that you are not with me. Every night, I look at the photo I took of you when we had our first date in my parent's home with your guitar when we played together. I kiss my fingers and touch your face on the photo. Looking at this picture, makes me feel safe in my dreams like you are always watching over us, keeping us safe. When I feel lonely for you, I just close my eyes and you are with me by my side, in my thoughts. I thank God for all these gifts of love that keep me going for Time does NOT heal a "broken heart", it just stands still since you've been apart from us. You and our dear son, Stephen are missed every second of every day. It is hard to believe, the New Year is 2015 but time is infinite to me. I will always need your love, God Speed Your Love to Me!

Semper Fidelis with eternal Love, Your devoted Lulu.
Mrs. Lucille Petillo
December 31, 2014
September 4, 2014
My Dearest Darling Husband,
Today you would be celebrating your 69th Birthday enjoying your favorite triple layer Chocolate Cake that I made you every year from the first time we met. It doesn't seem believable that 4 years and 15 days have passed, for me it will always be the first day of your passing. Your presence is here constantly surrounding us in the house you built inside and out with skilful love. The personage of how I see you, my darling is bringing your unique gifts to life for the world to know and see for themselves in the book being written about you. Your contributions of hand made creative skills will be in museums long after the disposable world we live in is gone. The fact that your aneurysm clip is saving lives is a miracle plus the other medical devices that you developed as well as your hydrogen fuel cell generator. Your favorite plaque is still on your drawing board that states: "There is no limit to what a man can achieve as long as he doesn't care who get's the credit" If the Lord had given you time, you could have done marvelous things for you saw the world differently than the rest of us but it was not meant to be. Until we meet again, my dearest, these words bring great comfort from me to you: "There's a New Day somewhere they Call the 'Promised Land' and I'll be there someday if you will hold my hand. I Need You there Beside me, no matter what I do, for I Know I'll NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU! There is always Someone SPECIAL for each of us they say and You're MY Someone SPECIAL FOREVER and a day. I could SEARCH the whole world over until my life is thru but there is No one as SPECIAL as you."
Your humility, you unselfish nature, your thoughtfulness, your kindness and generosity to all just made me love you more. Why were you taken from us so young? Wanting just to be with you was a GIFT! Now, my goal is to let all the people who thought they knew your talent will finally know the totality of your ability that you never spoke of and the real HUMBLE soul you are. May the Lord bless your eternal life with him knowing you are in our hearts, prayers and lives every day. Happy 69th Birthday Dearest One as we cherish our Special Memories of a Lifetime of 40 years of Sacramental Marriage as One.
Love Forever, Your Lulu
Lucille Petillo
September 4, 2014
January 15, 2014
December 31, 2013
My Dearest Darling Phillip,
Time is something that has always confused me for in essence, it can stand still for some of us in many ways. It has been 3 years, 4 months, and 17 days that your presence is gone, which is incomprehensible and difficult to believe! I find myself remembering the sweet days that we dated going fishing together, enjoying the beach, and endless conversations of the things thing we both loved which was guitars and music. When I want to feel good with a happy smile, I recall our many conversations with the light streaming from your crystal blue eyes of enthusiasm. In my entire life, I have never met anyone who had such strength of character and dedication to finishing a project started, taking it to the limit, watching it develop into something magnificent. You are in my thoughts every day and every night for “Love is a condition in which the Happiness of another person is Essential to your own” This is the way we felt about each other from the moment we met. Missing you is an “involuntary response” for me that cannot be controlled and I like it that way.
I was mesmerized by your creative mind and ideas since I never met anyone quite like you. When the Lord made you, he threw away the mold for you, my dearest love are an Original. Our dates were so simple compared to 2013. We could be content with taking long walks on the Boardwalk or playing guitars together at my house for “it is not where you're at, but who you're with.” It felt like no one else existed for we were focused on each other. I know in my heart that we were destined to be together from the moment you fixed my guitar. Even 45 years later, the fire and love grew deeper and stronger between us. I only had eyes for your sweet face that my Mom christened in Italian as, “Simpaticamente” which means someone who is sweet, kind and thoughtful, “that is you, my Love!” It also was the way you lived your life treating everyone with your time and skill. You never searched for the glory but rather the doing, creating, and inventing. "There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit." This was my Phil, a humble, quiet man with God given gifts.. I will be singing praises of his life accomplishments the rest of my life on this earth..
Grief is a singular entity forever where I lose my beloved husband over and over each day missing the nearness of him. . It doesn't go away; it becomes a part of your existence, every time you breathe, every time you feel with every breath you take. My heart is unable to stop grieving my Phil for loving him has a life of its own. He died way before his time with so much more to do. That's just how it is, for grief and love are “conjoined” just as man and wife. You never get one without the other. You remain helpless for all you can do is love with all your being that grows in depth each second of every day, every month, every year that you remain here on earth until you are together again. According to CS Lewis “The death of a beloved is an amputation. The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over' the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered but you will never be whole again. You will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.”
The best is perhaps what we understand the least.
These words bring tears to my eyes, yet so simply explains loving someone more than your own life, said simply but beautifully:

How much do I love you?
I'll tell you no lie
How deep is the ocean?
How high is the sky?

How many times a day do I think of you?
How many roses are sprinkled with dew?

How far would I travel.
To be where you are?
How far is the journey from here to a star?

And if I ever lost you, how much would I cry?
How deep is the ocean?
How high is the sky?

This song is for you with all my heart, my soul and my dedication. You'll never know just how much I love and miss you. I speak your name in my every prayer, my Darling Husband.

With all my Love Forevermore,
Your Lulu
Mrs. Phillip J. Petillo
Mrs. Lucille Petillo
December 31, 2013
I'm moved beyond description by the latest remembrance from you, Lucille. Phil's impact on me is immeasurable. The love you shared is an inspiration--something that my wife and I also savor. I have since relocated to Nashville, but love when I get to chance to visit and stop by to see Dave. If ever a song said it, there is one I wrote recently with Chris Gantry, THAT'S HOW LONG WE'LL BE IN LOVE. I know this is not the place to post a link, but I'd be happy to post it elsewhere or forward it to you. Let me know at [email protected] Thank you for sharing your very personal thoughts with the rest of us!
Sam Cooper
September 6, 2013

September 4, 2013
My Dearest Darling Phillip,
Today my dearest Love, you would have been 68 year old enjoying a triple layer chocolate cake I used to make for you. I keep thinking in my mind's eye all the wonderful things you wanted to invent and design like a a little boy never able to get enough of the excitement of discovery. Each day that goes by seems to draw you closer to me. You are in my every thought as I research and relive our life in this book about the versatility of your legacy. Everything is here as you left it and we are carrying on. It doesn't seem possible that it was three years on August 14 that we lost your endearing presence, so sudden and without warning. The pain of grief inside my soul just grows with each passing day of being without your sweet face and piercing blue eyes. To me, you always looked 26, never aging and always the same thoughtful Phil who would pick me a sunflower outside, give it to me with a kiss and a big smile. Writing a book about you is a major task reliving all those "Magic Moments" when we would go to the Mayfair theater, ride on the Ferris Wheel or play Miniature Gold in Asbury Park when it was a "Surreal, Dreamlike Place". As I regress in retrospect of all the adventures we shared, I am so grateful that we lived and worked in the same place being together 24/7. Our sons were lucky to have their Dad here all day but most of all watching you teaching them as they grew up. How you loved watching those little boys playing outside the window in front of your work bench. You always had the mystical quality of seeing the word through the eyes of a child.Your patience was like that of Job for you made time for all who needed it. Those early years of building a life and sharing the good and bad times was the bond that sealed us together forever. Your faith in God as the Patriarch of our family was the glue that held us firmly no matter what obstacles the world put in our path. In order to survive I must wear a mask for the world for my inner heart is broken never to be mended in this life. There are five things you cannot recover in life: The Stone after it is Thrown; The Word after it is Said; The Occasion after it is Missed; The Time after it is Gone and a Person after they die!
"For we walk by Faith not by Spirit" 2 Cor.5, 7. My Dearest Love, I long to feel your protective arms around me with the loving care you gave making us all feel safe and protected from the world. The words of this old tune tell of My Sentimental Journey, My Love, Happy 68th Birthday, May the Lord watch over you and I'll be seeing you in my Dreams as the words say.

I'll be seeing you
In all the old familiar places
That this heart of mine embraces
All day and through

In that small cafe
The park across the way
The children's carousel
The chestnut trees, the wishing well

I'll be seeing you
In every lovely summer's day
In everything that's light and gay
I'll always think of you that way

I'll find you in the morning sun
And when the night is new
I'll be looking at the moon
But I'll be seeing you

I'll be seeing you
In every lovely summer's day
In everything that's light and gay
I'll always think of you that way

I'll find you in the morning sun
And when the night is new
I'll be looking at the moon
But I'll be seeing you

You will always be in my heart, my mind and everything I do forever every moment, every day, every month, every year all the days of my Life! I'll be looking at the moon but I'll be seeing you and your beautiful blue eyes smiling at me.
My Dearest Sweetheart Phillip
HAPPY 68th BIRTHDAY and God Bless You!
Yours Forever With Love,
Your Lulu
Mrs. Phillip J. Petillo
Lucille Petillo
September 4, 2013
Lucille, David and the whole family,
I only learned a few months ago of Phil's passing, within a month of my last visit with him- I went with my oldest friend Tom, whom I also lost in August 2010. Phil restored my '41 Martin D18 in 1970 and build a custom neck for my Mosrite in '72, we always stayed loosely in touch over the years- he was an amazing friend and a true genius. My deepest condolences to the family and I pray David will continue the luthier business his father began- the music world NEEDS him! RIP my old friend-
Mike Carroll
August 16, 2013
Mrs. Petillo, thank you for your beautiful undying love forever tribute to your amazing husband, a wonderful woman name Wendy was directed to read your amazing story and asked us to pray, we are honored to pray for you and your family. Words are inadequate to share how the you've touched our hearts, for truly you are God's amazing grace, the Lady Warriors.
Lady Prayer Warriors
April 21, 2013
We are sad to find out that this great man has passed,we think he was brilliant and amazing and will be big fans of his amazing work always. Jeffrey and Mary Free
Mary/Jeffrey Free
January 5, 2013
December 31, 2012
My Dearest Darling Phillip,
The day that the Lord decided to take you from me, words kept echoing in my mind...Was this the last time I could be with you, talk to you, see your beautiful blue eyes glow in the morning light, feel your heart beat next to mine, was this the last time I could say "I Love You more than my own life." How much all who knew you admired your unending humility, honor, integrity, strength, creativity and perfection in your Work. The phenomenal qualities you possessed were God given as was your Talented Genius to look at the world through different eyes of Discovery & Wonder.
There are No goodbyes between us for they are too hard to accept. We have lost our child which no parent should have to endure such agony. There are so many things I wanted to say to you, that you know are in my unspoken heart for we are One in Christ. So many things I wish I could have done for you. So many breaths, I take without you here to share my woes, my worries, my sorrows, my joys but I will NEVER say Good-bye to you, My Love only Till We Meet Again Someday.
Time has a way of standing still for me. I feel your presence in every aspect of my life, whether I am writing a book about the many unique experiences that we shared in our lives or whether I am playing the Guitars you made me, your presence is here enveloping me with the Loving Kindness which you reflected all the days of your life to everyone. The Memories of you and our Son are in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers forever. This 1918 song speaks for me.

"TILL WE MEET AGAIN"
Smile the while you Kiss me Sad Adieu,
When the Clouds roll by,
I'll come to you.....!!
Then the Skies will seem more Blue,
Down in Lover's Lane, my Dearie,
Wedding bells will ring so merrily,
Ev'ry TEAR will be a MEMORY !!!
So Wait and PRAY Each Night for me,
Till we MEET Again.

Your Devoted Wife,
Mrs. Phillip J. Petillo Ph.D.
Lucille Petillo
December 31, 2012
My deepest condolences to Mrs. Petillo.
Joey
September 5, 2012
My Dearest Husband,
Today you would be 67 years old and we are celebrating your life. Time has a way of creeping up on us and I can hardly can believe it has been 2 years that I still yearn to hear your kind voice, feel your gentle touch, hold your hands and put my head on your shoulder. Your essence surrounds my life and your legacy will live on forever, I promise you that. The perseverance and perfection in all your work is constant. Your ability to see goodness in everyone made you so special. Your customers refer to you as a “mensch” which means a man of great honor and integrity who gives help to all without seeking the glory of the world but rather the glory of God. You never turned anyone away. I miss you so much more and more as the years pass. We were joined in Sacramental Marriage that made us One person in the Lord. Words cannot express the power of what we shared so I refer to a Browning Poem to ease my grieving heart:

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
I love thee with the breath, smile, tears,
of all my life! --- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.


No written words can adequately express the deep, tender love we shared for 40 years. The Faith we had in the Lord will sustain our everlasting love forever until we meet again in eternity,
My Dearest Sweetheart, Phillip,
HAPPY 67th BIRTHDAY, God bless you!
Yours Forever With Love,
Your Lulu
Mrs. Phillip J. Petillo
Lucille Petillo
September 4, 2012
Lucille Petillo
September 4, 2012
To the Petillo family, strange I had Phil on my mind a few days ago and then the guestbook email came in so I'll take this opportunity to send love and wishes to Phil's family and let you know Phil's legacy is most certainly alive and well in those who were graced to have met him along our paths. As a matter of fact as things of this world continue to make less and less sense Phil still, by his shining example, remains a true textbook lesson on how to live and carry ourselves in life. Thanks again Phil.
God's grace be with you all.
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September 4, 2011
My Dearest Beloved Husband,
On August 14th, I could hardly believe that you have been gone from those who love you for one year. For me, it feels like it just happened. On June 26, we would've retaken our 40 years Marriage vows in a Cathedral which is also our Grand daughter's birthday. It was a very difficult time for me to cope with for, if anything, I have learned to be a good actor for nothing will even make the foreboding grief go away that Never leaves me. If I laugh, you are not there to laugh with me, if I enjoy something, you are not there to enjoy it with me, your presence is the Cornerstone of my Life and my Heart forever. No counselor, no pill or treatment could diminish the power of my love and our joining together Forever. I found this poem that expresses how I will always feel about our Eternal Love:

To Be One With Each Other
by George Eliot
What Greater Thing is there for Two Human Souls than to Feel that they are Joined Together to Strengthen each other in all Labor, to Minister to each other in all sorrow, and to Share with each other in all Gladness, to be One with Each Other in the Silent Unspoken Memories.

Happy 66th Birthday, my Dearest Darling. Your warmth, kindness, loyalty, and extraordinary qualities live with me every day for the rest of life. Life is just not the same without you. Your presence surrounds me in everything I do and YOU will be immortalized in my book that explains the adventure we started together which showcases your tremendous talents and contributions to the world of Music, Medicine, and Energy. You have helped so many people with a sincere heart, you are so special! My love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me to you with mighty cables that nothing can break except Omnipotence. Rest well my beloved one, the world will NEVER be the same without you and you, my dearest are alive around me in so many ways. I always thought we would celebrate our 54th anniversary as my parents did but we will in our hearts and souls.
Yours Forever With Love,
Your Lulu
Mrs. Phillip J. Petillo
Ocean, NJ
September 4, 2011
To the Petillo family, The experience I had meeting Phil was probably one of the greatest experiences of my life I always bring them up discussing guitars with anyone I talk to. I was deeply saddened to learn of Phils passing and wish to express my condolences. I also want to take the moment to thank David personally for giving me the tour of the shop. I tell everyone I ever talk guitars with about that time and express to them how passionate you and your father were about your craft. I know you will carry on his legacy. If the Lord needs a guitar I know who will be making it for him.
Gregory Lloyd
July 9, 2011
Lucille, while I shed my own tears this holiday season for my beloved mother, I never stopped thinking of your sadness and the loss of such a wonderful addition to our family. He was a terrific human being with a great philosophy on life and people. He will never be fogotten by many of us here too even though I know the loss for you is the greatest. Hang in there beloved cousin.
January 2, 2011
To the family, please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. In the 35 years that I knew Phil, he was one of the most sincere and caring individuals that I ever met. I was always anxious the day prior to a trip to bring one of my guitars to him for work, the time I spent with him always seemed to fly by, it was never long enough, he was such a pleasure to be with. I remember bringing Karen to meet him for the first time, and telling him we planned on being married, this 15 years after I first met him. God Bless.
Ben & Karen Funk
December 31, 2010
December 31, 2010
As the year 2011 approaches, all I can think of is how much I miss Phil and how the world would be a much better place with him in it. It doesn't get any easier with time, you just learn to be a good Actor. Remembering Phil's wonderful charm, his humble character, his kindness, compassion and thoughtfulness plus the way he brought out the best in every life that he touched. He never turned anyone away who asked for help. He shared his talent, his artistry, and his ideas to help others. Phil was always available to anyone who needed him day or night. His work was so important to him whether it was fuel cells, aneurysm clips for brain surgery or beautiful guitars and his marquetry work. He lived his Christian faith every day of his life. The fact is that he was the most generous and loving human being I have ever been privileged to share my life with for 39 years. Nothing will ever be the same without him. He had so much more to give to the world with his genius and inventive abilities. Missing him just increases and magnifies each day and his presence is with us forever. The grief never leaves, you just learn to live with it and pray that God will help you deal with daily life. If only we could have just one more day, one more minute, one more second to spend with Phil, that would be cherished forever. Now, beautiful memories fill my life of when we met, when we fell in love, and when we married and started our family. I thank God we had our time together although abruptly cut short. As Abraham Lincoln said: "And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." Phil's life touched all people who remember the quiet guy who offered help beyond what anyone asked of him and more. May the Lord bless you my dear, beloved husband until the day we meet again.
All my Love Eternally,
Your LuLu
Mrs. Phillip J. Petillo
December 31, 2010
To the family sorry for your loss, as an average joe just going to the shop for some strings and neck adjustments he was always willing to help if you were short on money it was never a problem always a very warm greeting and would do anything to help a great man and a great human, God Bless.
Richard Petecca
November 12, 2010
Lucille,

Please accept my deepest sympathy over your loss. Your husband was a true artist and legend.
Stephanie Sassola
November 8, 2010
Bob Cianci
September 10, 2010
Dear Phil,
Im so sorry for the lost of your father.I know he was the world to you.God bless you and your family on your time of need you will be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless
Diana ,Carlos,Kelsey and family
Diana Luengas
September 8, 2010
Lucille mere words cannot express your loss.Nor can mere words describe the impact Phil had on my life.Without Phil Petillo there would not have been a Kramer Guitar Company.Phil never truly got the recognition he deserved ,he never yearned for the spotlight but was always there to lend his valuable technical support. You may recall that I only decided to invest in Kramer after meeting Phil and coming away with such a peaceful feeling knowing I had just met The Master. The rest is History . Phil had this unique way about him,if he thought you needed something he would stop what he was doing just to help. Phil was a proud man proud of his accomplishments proud of his craft and most of all proud of you Lucille and his children I will miss him.He is now in Heaven.
Henry Vaccaro
September 5, 2010
It was October of 1970.

A guitarist friend told me about a guy who fixed guitars for Bruce Springsteen. We followed Springsteen all over the shore.

Everyone in our band (Willies Fat Band) drove up from Toms River to meet Phil and have him take a look at my sick '63 Gibson SG. His shop at that time was in Wall out on Rt. 34
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Being a broke H.S. senior, I was concerned about the final cost of his repair. He told me the price right there and he said he'd need to keep it about a week. One week later I returned and it played like a dream.

For the next 40 years I used some of his first strings, he installed one of his first pickups and his frets are on 4 of my guitars.

In 1997 my wife went with me to pick up a fret job on one of my guitars and he had me sit down to try a guitar as he always did. He asked me how I liked it? I said, "Its beautiful! He then said, "I'm glad, it's yours". My wife and he surprised me with one of his guitars. An unbelievable memory all the more cherished now.

Through the years I have brought other guitarists to his shop. They were able to walk in and look through his photo album, see Springsteens record on the wall and enjoy one of the many magical visits to Phil Petillos shop.

I can't believe I won't be able to go there anymore and have him sit me down and hand me a guitar he's just finished, let me play it, then tell me it's for James Taylor or Kenny Rodgers (true story).

I love you Phil.

God Bless You and the entire Petillo family.

Vaughn and Carol Smith
Vaughn Henry Smith
September 4, 2010
The music industry has lost a great one.
I'm proud to have known him.
Ed Soltess
September 4, 2010
David - - We passed by the shop today and were glad to see you weren't in there alone. We'll come by again soon, but we just wanted you to know we're thinking of you and praying for your family. The viewing was very moving, and we were so touched to have run into you earlier that day. We love you, stay busy, and we echo what everyone else has said about your dad.
Luke & Marlena Tirrell
August 26, 2010
David and Family,

I know there is nothing I can say to take the pain and sorrow away.

All I can do is express my sincere condolences and share my feelings with you.

Your Father is a great man. One of the most humble intelligent people I have ever had the honor of calling my friend.

I was amazed how he always treated me. No different than the “famous” people he knew. Sometimes I think even better, for he would tell me I was “real”.

He always had time for me. Good advice and a sincere want to hear my thoughts and opinions.

Phil knew I was not a wealthy person back in 1985 when he started work on my 12 string.

I would bring my Yamaha, FG-360 into the shop for a pick up, fret job, etc and he would always ask why I was putting so much money into it that I should consider having one made. This was probably in the late 70’s…I would always say the same…paramedics don’t make any money and we would get on a discussion on how screwed up health care was. I guess not much has changed since then…he was very prolific. One day he said, and I will never forget it, “Look, I’ll build you a guitar you can afford”. I almost passed out! I said I didn’t want any inlays due to the cost that I didn’t need a fancy looking guitar but I did want my initials somewhere. We spent hrs talking about wood, size, sound…I learned so much. After 2 years I could not believe what he made….and he put some inlays in anyway! My initials he put on the cover of the trust rod! Boy did I feel like a million bucks! Generous was not the word!

This story speaks volumes of the type of man your Dad was and always will be. But, you already know that because you are the same.

I have always been drawn to people with a good heart, people who care about their fellow man and believe in G-d, people who go the extra mile for the simplest thing to make another heart smile.

My heart is broken. I am not a famous musician, nor a wealthy man in terms of monetary funds.

I am a very wealthy man for I can call Phil and you my friend.

I tried to play my 12 string the other day and I cried. I could not play. I could only remember how angry Phil was because the last time I saw him it took 7 hours to put that pick up in the guitar and he only charged me $100.00. I know he really wasn’t angry with me.

I remembered my first day meeting him, all the work he has done for me, all the conversations about music, medicine, life, marriage, kids, my divorce, my new marriage etc. It was like 30 years passed by me.

I do believe the body may not be here but the soul remains. I could feel the respect, love and friendship as I held my guitar. I will continue to feel the same each and every time I touch the creation he has granted me.

With all my love,

Your Friend always,

Jeff
Jeff Goldstein
August 25, 2010
Glad to have crossed paths with you Phil,
although it was many years ago , I still have the Martin that you repaired. My condolences to the family
R McK
August 24, 2010
Dear Lucille and Family:

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Sincerely,
Gail Silverstein Bram
August 21, 2010
Dear David & Petillo Family,
David, I was always impressed with the obvious love and admiration you demonstrated for your Dad. I am so sorry for your loss.
Frank Mozino
August 19, 2010
Dear David,

We are very sad about your father's passing.

We only met him once and for a very short time, but could sense the greatness of the man.

Our prays and thoughts are with you and you're family at this time and we will never forget this wonderful man.

Our love,

Linda & Gary Savoca
Gary & Linda Savoca
August 19, 2010
Dear David and Family,

Thank you for calling me regarding Phil's passing. We relocated to New Hampshire in April and my cell phone service is almost non-existent except when we are in certain areas. We learned about his passing only yesterday.

As you know, when I came to the shop, Phil and I would always get into conversations about life, spirituality and the Bible. I was always impressed and uplifted by his outlook and sensitivity. Our conversations were rich in so many ways. His legacy is the many people he touched who recognized both his wonderful personality and talent.

I will miss him but only in an earthly sense. We talked about life after death; and he believed that death was only a veil. That it was a transition to a different form of existence - not limited by the constraints of our mortal bodies.

Phil is still alive and available to all of us - even now. Released from the limits of time and space, our senses can feel, but not "see", his presence. He speaks to us through our hearts.

We are so fortunate to have known him in this life. May you and your family be comforted knowing that Phil is with Christ; and is now our ambassador to His infinite love, wisdom, and compassion.

With best regards,
Kenneth J. Higgins Jr.
Kenneth Higgins
August 18, 2010
Lucille, David and Family, I can't begin to express how deeply sorry I am. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and I pray for God to give you strength and guidance at this most difficult time.
John Rogers
August 18, 2010
Dear Petillo family,

I am very sorry to hear of your loss.
I felt lucky to have been aquainted with Phil. What always struck me was his generosity of spirit. I was fully aware that the person Phil might be working with before me on any given day might be a well known pop star and the person after me might be from a museum bringing in a priceless piece for restoration. I was flattered and amazed that Phil would give me the benefit of his time when my very amatuer self would enter his shop with a piece of junk guitar with all of $50 to spend asking him to make the thing playable. He always worked miracles on the basket case guitars I brought to him. I was extremely flattered that Phil would give me the benefit of his very valuable time. Where ever you are tonight Phil, please know that you made me feel great. You will be missed!
Joe Atura
August 18, 2010
Dear Lucille,
I am so sorry I missed the service but you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard the sad news. Know that I am a phone call away. Love & I will be in touch. Diane
Diane Ailor
August 18, 2010
Dear Petillo family,
I am so sorry to hear the news today. The world has just lost a great one. I had the pleasure of speaking with Phil for the first time about 7 months ago and he was nothing but kind, sincere and insightful. I was extremely honored.
It was shortly after that when i met David and he showed me nothing but the same compassion Phil showed me. It has been inspiring watching Phil and David work on my guitar. I am grateful I was able to have met someone that could pass along his greatness to his family. Besides a father and a dad I know you lost a friend, a companion and a mentor.
My true deepest sympathy Petillo family..God bless you.
Jon Siliato
August 18, 2010
Dear Lucille, David and Family,

My heart breaks for all of you at this time of great sorrow. Lucille, I had never met you prior to this morning, but you welcomed me as if you had known me for years. I should have known that would be true. If I had to use a word to describe your family it would be welcoming. From the moment I walked into Phil's workshop back in 1976 at age 15 with a broken guitar neck, even then, I was taken by his warm, welcoming way. Through the years he and David have worked on various guitars for me and each visit to the workshop was such an adventure! He & David always took such great delight in showing us around, explaining the in progress works of art (the marquetry piece of the Last Supper) and the process of creating a new instrument. I always said that someday I will have Phil build a guitar for me. David, I will be placing that order someday and your hands will be at work and your Dad's spirit will be working right with you.
May God bless you all always and hold you in the palm of his hand at this sorrowful time especially.

Phil you were a treasure to our community and to the world. You will be sorely missed.

Love,
Renata
Renata Rasp
August 18, 2010
Dear Mrs. Petillo and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss and keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Meg Wellington LaBar
August 18, 2010
Dear Lucille,
My earliest memories of Phil are spending time together in the basement of his mother's house, his first workshop, where he crafted his very first guitars, long before the Cow Barn.
He clearly had a passion that was unique. I am truly sorry our lives went in different directions.

The world has lost a a very old friend and master.
Bill Macdonald
August 18, 2010
God Bless you Phil. You always made every conversation an interesting journey. You will be in my thoughts and prays
Robert Kelleher
August 18, 2010
David, Lucille, and Family - Phil was one of the most wonderful, humble, unassuming, and brilliant people I have ever known. He always would take the time to know you, and would always come through when you needed him. Phil was an old school renaissance man and craftsman, which is so sorely lacking in today's times. He made may basses sing for over 25 years. I will always cherish our friendship, and miss him always. My sincere prayers go to you and him. He is with the Lord.
Ed Horne
August 17, 2010
Dear Lucille, David & Family...Phil was a wonderful, talented, brilliant man. I only knew him for two years, but in that time, he enriched my life immeasurably. I always enjoyed the time spent hanging with you both in the shop while you adjusted my guitars. People like Phil come along once in a lifetime. I will miss him terribly. God needed a great luthier and He now has one.

Sincerest regrets,

Bob Cianci & Family
August 17, 2010
Dear Dave and The Petillo Family,
We were so sad to hear the news.
We will always remember Phil and the times he spent talking with us, showing us around the shop, and helping Chase with his high school project. We are blessed to have met and spent time with Phil, a most kind, talented, and knowledgeable man.

Our sincerest condolences,
Eileen, Keith, Chase, Neil Kaplan
Eileen Kaplan
August 17, 2010
Thank you Mr. Petillo leaving your shop always left me with the sense of my affirmation that God our Father blesses some with gifts as yours, and the appreciating of those gifts by us over and over again. Blessings and joy to a life well spent. Respectfully The Mancini Family
August 17, 2010
An amazing man. RIP
jeane
August 17, 2010
We are heart-broken to hear of Phil's passing. The Petillo family is in our prayers as we wish you all grace and peace and love at this difficult time. When I was mayb 20 (early 1990's), and a struggling new christian, I wandered into Phil's shop with my guitar. Like so many others have attested to here, I too was instantly mesmerized by him and his interesting stories. I would come and sit for hours to talk faith with him, and listen to him talk about Jesus, politics, his experiences...
everything. Most of all though, he encouraged me so much with his faith and passion. He loved Jesus. He was so profoundly kind and humble to gently share those conversations with me the way he did. I have never forgotten. Phil glorified God with the way he treated the people who came into his path. I'm grateful to have known him.

Chris and Danielle Colbert
Chris Colbert
August 17, 2010
Dear Lucille & David ,I came to the shop that morning not knowing of Phil's passing.My wife Marcia & son Thomas and i were heart broken to hear such sad news.He was a wonderful man to be friends with,And to my friend David i'm thinking of you every day remember he stands by your side.I'm coming to see you soon my friend,(and i'm bringing the bread) Your Friend. Tony (Springfield,NJ)
Tony Losito
August 17, 2010
David, Lucille & family -- my sincerest condolences for your loss. I am honored to have met Phil and was always amazed by his willingness to share his knowledge & expertise, and his patience in explaining how things work!
Carl Chesna
August 17, 2010
Dear Lucille and sons
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Phillip was truly a remarkable man. I always loved to visit his workshop to see the amazing things he was working on. I know the past few years have been difficult for your family and now without your life partner it will be even harder. I know you and your sons will get through this because you have great memories to look back on. Cheryl and I and our sons are praying for you.
Love Jim and Cheryl Vecchione
Jim & Cheryl Vecchione
August 17, 2010
David & Family...

Deep sympathies for all of you. I am forever humbled and grateful to have been able to meet Phil for the brief moments I was in the shop. God Bless his soul and yours.
Bill Bengle
August 17, 2010
Thank you, Mr. Petillo, for all your insight, kindness, and humor. It was a pleasure to have called you a friend.
Matt Jaworski
August 17, 2010
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