Philip A. Micalizzi, Sr., 85, of North Haven passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Yale-New Haven Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was the loving companion and best friend of Mary Valenza Iaccarino for the past thirty-five years. Philip was born in Bridgeport on July 13, 1927; a son of the late Giuseppe and Catina Cullura Micalizzi; served his country faithfully in the U.S. Navy during WW II; was co-owner of the former Lisi’s Supermarket of Bridgeport and later worked as a meat cutter for Stop & Shop for twenty-three years until his retirement. Philip was an extremely gifted craftsman and a true visionary, a genius, in all things requiring technical design. He could fix and build anything from blueprints he carried around in his mind. Philip was very proud of his Italian, particularly his Sicilian, heritage and loved visiting his relatives in Taormina. He was a master Italian chef. Father of Sharon “Cookie” Micalizzi of Bridgeport, Maureen (Gene) Stacy of Stratford, Dr. Philip (Donna) Micalizzi, Jr. of Trumbull, Robin Micalizzi of Stratford and Dr. Gerald Micalizzi of Bridgeport. Also survived by nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a great-great grandson. Philip also leaves behind his other family members; David (Tina) Iaccarino of Branford, their three children and two grandsons; Lisa (Salvatore) Fazzino of Wallingford and their daughter; Joan Iaccarino of Wallingford her late husband Frank Iaccarino and their son. Predeceased by a brother John Micalizzi and a sister Josephine Longhitano. Philip always ended each and every meeting, and conversation, with“SMILE AND BE HAPPY”
Family and friends are invited to go directly to St. Barnabas Church, 44 Washington Avenue, North Haven on Monday morning at 11:00 to attend a mass of Christian burial and are also invited to attend the committal services immediately following with full military honors in the All Saints Mausoleum, North Haven. The visiting hours will be Sunday from 3 to 7 pm at the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, North Haven. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 321 Research Pkwy #212, Meriden, CT 06450 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105