~~Philip L. Statile
Philip L. Statile, 90, of Springfield, NJ, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, February 2, 2015. He was born on August 9th, 1924 on the present site of L.P. Statile Nursery in Springfield to Leonardo and Lucrezia (Miraldi) Statile and was a lifelong resident at the same address. Philip was the retired president of Springfield Nursery Inc. (now L.P. Statile Nursery) which was founded by his father in 1922. Leonardo settled in Springfield in 1912.
Upon the death of his father in 1956, Philip continued the business. When he retired in 1989, his son, Leonard (currently the CEO), took over and added a location in Colts Neck. Presently, Philip’s grandson, also Philip L. Statile, is the operations manager of L.P. Statile Inc.
Philip attended Rutgers University and proudly served his country in the Army during World War II. He served in the South Pacific with the 1st cavalry division as they were the first troops to arrive in Tokyo.
Philip contributed diligently to various organizations. He was the president of the Union County Board of Agriculture and the Springfield Chapter of Unico National. In addition, he was chairman of the board of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at Rutgers University, a member of the Springfield Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and was an active parishioner at St. James Church.
In October, 1948, Philip married the former Miss Anne E. Zigrino, who survives him after 67 years of a marriage so wonderful it is impossible to describe in mere words. Philip was also the devoted father of Leonard Statile and his wife, Diane, Lucretia Scott and her husband, Robert, and Madeline Petrilli. He was the cherished grandfather of Annmarie Sirois (Chad), Melissa, Philip (Jacki), Nicolas (Brianna), Daniel (Suzanne), Cristina and Suzanne. In addition, Philip was the loving great-grandfather to Jake, Brady, Cory and Carlee. He was also the dear brother of Anna Colantone, and his predeceased sisters, Clara Doland (William) and Catherine.
Our family has lost a hardworking, genuine, honest and loving man, and the world has lost an amazing human being. We will forever miss his endearing look and his role as the patriarch of our family will always be remembered. All of us will honor his memory by continuing to live by his example.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to honor Philip’s extraordinary life by attending the visitation at Bradley, Smith & Smith Funeral Home, 415 Morris Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081 on Thursday, February 5, from 4:00-8:00pm. A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for Friday, February 6, at 10:00am at St. James the Apostle Church, 45 South Springfield Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Philip’s name may be made to Center for Hope-Hospice, Inc., 1900 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076, or the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.