In Loving Memory of Philip'Philly" J. D'Arienzo
Philip "Philly" J. D'ArienzoDunmore, PA October 7, 1932 ~ November 30, 2018 Date of Service: December 7, 2018
Philip J. D’Arienzo, 86, of Dunmore passed away peacefully at home on November 30th leaving behind a loving family and many devoted friends. He was the son of the late Anthony and Bernetta Angerson D’Arienzo.
Born On October 7, 1932 Phil was a 1950 graduate of Dunmore High School, where he served as President of his senior class.
Known affectionately to his friends as “Philly” and his nephews and nieces as “Uncle Ba”, he was a kind and caring person who made many friends throughout his long life. Phil was employed as a project engineer at Singer Link Aviation in Binghamton, NY. He served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Monssen during the Korean Conflict.
Phil was an avid fan of the New York Yankees, New York Giants and Penn State Football. Many of his days and nights were consumed by watching sports and discussing the outcomes of games with his friends. After his retirement, he worked as the main attraction at Finelli’s Restaurant in Dunmore on Friday nights. While bartending there for 30 years, he cultivated friendships that lasted the rest of his life. Many patrons loved to spend time chatting with “Philly” about their lives and their families. Most of all, they enjoyed his unique sense of humor and caring personality. Phil loved to travel, going on numerous trips to Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Yankee Stadium over the years.
Phil is one of the last surviving members of the “Roosey Gang”, a group of neighborhood men who he considered his extended family. They were his pals and many good times were spent in their company.
Family meant everything to Phil. He was deeply devoted to sister Frances, who he loved with all of his heart. In her stay at Dunmore Health Care, Phil was with her every morning, recounting memories of their childhood together and the current events surrounding family and friends. He truly was her guardian angel.
Phil was never blessed with children; however, he had two nephews who he considered “his boys”. They and their children were the topic of all his conversations and he loved them so very much.
Phil is survived by his nephews, Jerry Tomko and his wife, Peggy, Hatboro and Joseph Tomko, Jr. Dunmore. Great nephews Brian Tomko and wife Olivia, Gilbertsvile, and Kyle Tomko, Dunmore. Great Nieces Amy Magazu and husband Joe, West Deptford, NJ and Anne Marie Tomko, Dunmore. He also has two great- great nieces, Natalie and Paige Tomko and a great- great nephew Charlie Tomko
Phil also departed this life leaving behind his best friends, John Errico, Jim Finelli and their families.
He was preced in death by his loving sister, Frances M. Tomko
The funeral will be Friday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore with Mass at 10:00am in Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., Scranton.
Interment, Dunmore Cemetery.
Friends may call Thursday from 4-7pm at the funeral home.