John F. DeGilio
William G Miller & Son Funeral Home Inc
371 Hooker Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY
John "Skip" DeGilio of Poughkeepsie and New Paltz passed away suddenly at Vassar Brother's Medical Center on February 9, 2020. He was 83 years old.

John was born on the south side of Poughkeepsie. He went to Krieger Elementary School and then Cardinal Farley Military Academy for high school. He started at New Paltz in the fall of 1954 to study medicine, before it became a SUNY school, but he stepped into a classroom to teach a lesson, and it was all over. He had found his calling. He met and fell in love with Barbara Frace and they married in 1959. After serving in the Army, they had three children together. Later, he got his Masters degree at the newly-minted State University of New York at New Paltz.

But for Skip DeGilio, teaching Science wasn't just his profession, it was his passion. Skip and Barbara built life-long friendships with many of his students, who created a science scholarship in his name at Poughkeepsie High School.

In the late 60s, he developed an interest in computers and found ways to apply what he learned to the classroom. He became an adjunct professor of computer science at Marist College and later he created computer science seminars there that taught teachers how to use computers to educate their students. At night, he was also an adjunct professor at Vassar College, where there is also a scholarship in his name.

Together, Skip and Barbara built science fair programs at Poughkeepsie High and at John Jay High School in Wappingers Falls that enabled students to win state-wide and national science fair awards. He finished his high school teaching career at John Jay High School at 55.

After retiring, Skip became an ambassador on the Walkway over the Hudson, which let him share his love and knowledge of the history and geology of the Hudson Valley. He organized lectures at the Center for Lifetime Studies, with some of the best speakers in the area.

Last year, Skip and Barbara celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their friends and family.

Skip DeGilio was predeceased by Barbara Frace DeGilio. He is survived by his sister, Theresa (Terri) DeGilio O'Shea and her husband James O'Shea, his daughter, Nancy DeGilio Lindsay (Niskayuna, NY); and his sons and their wives, Frank and Sue (Piccone) DeGilio of Poughkeepsie, and Charles (Kip) and Marla (Moyer) DeGilio of Austin, TX. He has eight amazing grandchildren, Barbara Lindsay of Niskayuna, NY; Theresa (Lindsay) McNulty and her husband, Zach McNulty of Niskayuna, NY; Alyssa DeGilio of Clifton Park, NY; John Lindsay and his wife, Jaclyn Grace of Oxford, England; Alec DeGilio of Austin, TX; Jack DeGilio of Queens, NY; Kylie DeGilio of Austin, TX; and Duncan Lindsay of Niskayuna, NY; and one great-granddaughter, April Helene McNulty. His is also survived by a many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, February 17th from 3 to 7 pm at the William G. Miller and Son Funeral Home at 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, February 18th at 10 am at St. Mary's Church at 231 Church St, Poughkeepsie, and burial will follow in St. Peter's Cemetery in Poughkeepsie, NY.

If you would like to contribute to the John F. and Barbara DeGilio Science Scholarship at Poughkeepsie High School, contact Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at

Published by Poughkeepsie Journal from Feb. 12 to Feb. 16, 2020.
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Mr. DiGilio was one of the best teachers at Forbus Jr. High, my 9th grade class, as I remember. He used to have peppers and sausages at his home for students to visit his home on Friday nights. As I remember. RIP sir.
Paul Harding
February 25, 2020
My condolences tot he entire deGilio family.
Christopher Lindsay
February 20, 2020
RIP Mr. Digilio. When I went to Pk. High School he was my Science teacher way back. He replaced a teacher we had who just sat at his desk and read to us out of textbook. So boring! Mr. Digilio was great! He sure livened class up and we learned a lot and enjoyed his class. My condolences you his family and friends
Sheila McAvoy Myers
February 16, 2020
So sorry for your loss..
theresa blauvelt
February 14, 2020
Skip was a good man. Bob & Mary Ellen Wynne, Oviedo, FL;
Robert Wynne
February 14, 2020
Carl Ferrentino
February 13, 2020
Hi Folks.....
Mom and I read of Mr D's passing ,today, with sadness....Not only because Mom grewup with all the De Gilios....but, most importantly, he taught all of my Mom's four children in Pk schools....we are all forever grateful !! Not only was Mr. D our neighbor....but we all loved Mrs D too....what chocolate chip cookies she made for everyone in the neighborhood! I'll never forget going downtown on Saturday mornings with my gramppy...Vincenzo Amodeo...and meeting Skip's Dad for a Caffe Aurora...back in 66....... Folks.... I wish we could go back.......however, your Dad and Mom give me great hope......there is a better place we are all going !!! My favorite class was all about perpetuation of the species !!!

MAY GOD KEEP YOu....Mr and Mrs D....

warmly, jeff
jeff mccabe
February 12, 2020
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