Anthony C. DeFilippis, Sr. , age 89, died Thursday surrounded by his loving family. Tony was born in Santa Maria Infante, Italy, and is the son of Saverio and Livia of Stamford, Connecticut where he resided for seventy-one years before moving to Bloomfield, and then Southbury. Tony was married to the love of his life, Mae Anne Agostino DeFilippis, for nearly sixty years; they have four children, ten grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Tony graduated from Stamford High School and St. John's University. After graduating college, Tony retired his career as a barber, and became a pharmacist. Together with Mae, he owned and operated Saint John's Pharmacy on Cove Road in Stamford for forty years. Over the years, he employed his children, his sister, his nephews, and numerous other employees who learned business, kindness, and public relations at the side of a master.
Tony was a member of the National Guard. He loved to travel; he and Mae visited many countries. He loved good food and wine, and was a wizard in the world of stock markets and land deals. He loved nothing more than to have his family around him. Along with his barber's license, he also procured a real estate license. He sang boisterously, especially Italian songs, and made sure he reminded people often to stop and smell the flowers. There are no words to describe how deeply Tony affected the lives of the people he knew. He was a quiet advocate for the rights of anyone who was not treated equally, and he changed the lives of many. His legacy is one of tolerance, intelligence, and fortitude, and although his family is heartbroken to have lost his presence in their lives, they are comforted by the reunion of Tony and his angel Mae.
Tony is predeceased by his sisters Mary McGill of Florida and Josephine Sabino of Stamford, his parents, his son-in-law Robert Gulomb, and his wife Mae Anne. Tony leaves behind his daughter, Attorney Livia DeFilippis Barndollar of Milford, his son Attorney Anthony DeFilippis and his wife Sarah of West Hartford, his son Dr. David DeFilippis and his wife Jeannie of Richboro Pennsylvania, and his daughter Lucia Dressel and her husband John of Middlebury. He also leaves devoted grandchildren and their spouses, his great-granddaughter, and myriad nieces, nephews, and cousins who all adored him.
Friends may call at Munson Lovetere Funeral Home, 235 Main St. N., Southbury, Ct. on Friday January 18th, 2019 from 4-8 p.m. A Funeral services will be held at Saint James Church, 111 Peter Rd., Southbury, Ct. on Saturday January 19, 2019 at 11 a.m. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.