Northampton, MA — It is with profound sadness that the devoted family of Philip Francis Gulielmetti announces that our father, grandfather (Pop Pop), brother and uncle passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on July 24th, 2021, at 80 years young following a very long and courageous battle against cancer.
Phil was born April 5th, 1941, in Middletown, CT and grew up in Portland, CT. Phil will be lovingly remembered by his children, Susan and Chris Gulielmetti, his granddaughter Leila Ann Gulielmetti, his brother: John Gulielmetti and his wife Louise, former wife Susan Urquhart, extended family Pat Silva, Cynthia Silva Boyle, and Pam Dutton. He was predeceased by his beloved brother Paul Gulielmetti, his father Philip Bonfiglio Gulielmetti and his mother Anna Manfreddi Gulielmetti.
Philip moved to Western Mass for work as a Chemist and he bought a historic 2 family house built in 1874 for his growing family in Southampton, Mass. Philip proudly raised his daughter Susan and son Christopher as a single parent after his divorce. Though he never remarried Philip met Pat Silva, a very kind woman he spent many years with. Philip welcomed Pat and her 3 lovely children into the home. In his later years Philip met Pam Dutton whom he loved and lived with for many years.
In his younger years Phil was known as U-Conn Phil (he went to College at U - Conn) and the Hatchet Man from his many years playing basketball with his many teammates and friends from all walks of life. He was tall, tough, and fast, rumor has it he could get a little aggressive on the court.
Phil was a chemist and troubleshooter in the metal plating field taking great pride in his work. He was intelligent, a quick thinker and well respected by colleagues. He was often called to solve challenging plating problems that others could not resolve. Phil taught his children to "leave things better than you found them", that's how he did his work and how tried to live his life.
Phil had a warmth and generosity of spirit. He was compassionate toward all and always wanted to be around people. He most enjoyed engaging in good conversation and good drink and would sit down next to whomever was next to him at lunch at O'Brien's Corner or other places after getting out of work. He would buy a friend or a stranger a drink often and very enthusiastically discuss anything and everything from politics to sports, solving a complex plating problem or how to slow cook a pot roast with garlic cloves or how to grow beautiful Roses or tomatoes. Phil cherished his beauty of a dog Harry. He was a huge dog lover and his dogs Harry and Max before him, were where you would see his soft side. Phil was a good listener and was always for the working-class guy knowing how hard things could be. He was very honest, loyal, tough, and generous and caring. Many will miss those enlightening, exciting and sometimes heated conversations with Phil.
The family wishes to thank the devoted team of Doctors and Nurses that took exceptional care of him over the last several years at Berkshire Medical Cancer Center, Dr. Bratcher and Dr. Alsdorf, Julie at Dr Alsdorf's office, Rich Conway and everyone at Baystate Geriatrics, and Susan Towles.
At Phillip's request, no formal service will be held. Dad's final wishes were to be cremated and to have his ashes released into the sea on the coast of Maine. The family traveled to Maine and released dad's ashes into the beautiful ocean and said prayers as he wished.
In Phil's memory we suggest you plant a rose bush or a tomato plant, he would love that. He grew many beautiful roses and wonderful tomatoes. Also because Dad had such a connection with animals, particularly dogs, if you can adopt a dog and save a life, that is another way to keep his memory and gentle spirit alive.
Published by Daily Hampshire Gazette on Oct. 14, 2021.