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RAYMOND SERFILIPPI

Died: Sun., Sep. 24, 2017


Visitation

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Sep. 27, 2017
Location: Celentano Funeral Home


Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Thu., Sep. 28, 2017
Location: St Anthony's Church


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Raymond Serfilippi, 89, of New Haven passed away peacefully Sept. 24, 2017 at his home. He was the beloved husband of Jennie Vecchi Serfilippi. Mr. Serfilippi was born in New Haven June 10, 1928, son of the late Sebastiano and Josephine Travaglini Serfilippi. He was a lifelong resident of New Haven, graduated from St. Anthony’s School in 1943 and Commercial High School in 1947. He played basketball at Commercial where he was known as the "Cat”. He worked in the food service industry most of his life, working at Burry’s Biscuits, Hostess Cakes and later, for Stop & Shop prior to his retirement at age 84. He was extremely devoted to his loving wife of 60 years and deeply devoted to his two sons and five grandchildren. His family was his passion. He especially enjoyed having Sunday meals with his family. Besides his wife, he is survived by his sons, Dennis Serfilippi of New Haven and Claude (Coreen) Serfilippi of Greenwich; a sister, Edwina Petrillo of North Haven; and five grandchildren, Savannah, Andreas, Arabella, Sebastiano and Raphael as well as many nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Anio Serfilippi and Irmo Zandri.

Friends may call at The Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St. (cor. Dwight) New Haven Wednesday from 4 to 8 pm and are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial Thursday morning in St. Anthony's Church at 10:00 Interment will follow in Beaverdale Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Anthony’s Church, 25 Gold St., New Haven, CT 06519

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Paula Kalaha
   Posted Wed September 27, 2017
Jennie, Claude and Dennis,
My thoughts and prayers are with your family now. I am currently in Europe and unable to attend the service.
Ray was a wonderful man and neighbor, part of the family for many years.
My love to all of you.

Paula

Michael, Jo Ann, Michael Jr and Jamie Tutino
   Posted Wed September 27, 2017
We are so sad at this time for your family. Jennie, know that Ray is in our prayers. I am now in Italy and will try to contact you, Dennis, when I return. Love and fond thoughts of our great times together...Love, Mike, JoAnn, Michael & Jamie Tutino32

Claude Serfilippi
   Posted Thu October 05, 2017
Eulogy For Raymond Serfilippi,

In 1928 Calvin Coolidge was in the White House. By the spring of 1928 the roaring 20’s were coming to an end and the Great Depression was lurking around the corner. A few blocks away from here, on June 10, in a small flat on Portsea Street , Josephine Serfilippi gave birth to her third son, my father Raymond.

It’s only fitting that we are sitting here today saying goodbye to my father in this church. St. Anthony’s was such a big part of his life. Not long after he was born, my father was baptized at the font in this church. His godfather Armando Fabri and godmother joined in the celebration with my grandmother, grandfather Sebastiano and my uncles and aunt, Emo, Anyo and Bina. My father always spoke so fondly of his childhood at St. Anthony’s and growing up in the “hill section.” I must confess that I have often fantasized about being a time traveler, a silent and momentary observer of him in his youth at home and play in the hill.

My Dad went from St Anthony’s to Commercial high school where he excelled in basketball and graduated in 1947. My dad didn’t go to College. For whatever reason, that was not meant to be. Nevertheless my dad appreciated the value of a formal education and instilled that value in me and my brother. My dad worked tirelessly to earn the money to send my brother and me to private schools. When my brother and I were growing up it was common for older relatives to give the younger children money, a dollar bill or a few coins. I remember Dad imploring my brother and me to squirrel away our new found loot into our large blue plastic piggy banks to “save for college”. My brother and I had no idea what college was but like with everything else he asked of us, we dutifully complied. Because of him and my mom, my brother and I received an outstanding education that provided us with a solid foundation for the rest our lives. Thank you Dad and Mom.

In 1956 my dad met the love of his life, my mom and after a short courtship they were married. For over 60 years my mom and dad shared a wonderful life. From the beginning until the very end they were soul mates, always together and making the other their priority. The devotion and love I have witnessed between my dad and mom over the past 55 years has truly been remarkable and an inspiration to me in my own union.

My dad always worked hard. He was always on his feet. Often working outside in the heat and cold. One of my oldest memories is of saying goodnight to my dad when he left the house on Saturday nights to work until early Sunday morning waiting tables and cutting lunch meat at White’s delicatessen on Whaley avenue. For over 20 years he awoke at 4AM to drive a truck delivering hostess Twinkies and cupcakes. His route included some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Bridgeport. It wasn’t until many years after he retired from that job that I learned about the several times he was held-up at gun point.

During the summers after my dad came home from work, my brother and I would go with him to drive my mom to work at her night job as a data entry clerk at Yale New Haven Hospital. My dad, brother and I would then return home and eat the meal my mom had prepared for us. After dinner, after everything was cleared up and the dishes, pots and pans were all washed and dried my dad was lucky to get a brief respite before he, my brother and I had to pick up my mom from work at 10PM.

My dad was always patient with my brother, mom and me, a quality I have only come to admire and awe now that I am a father.

As hard as he worked, my dad never complained, he persevered and marched on with a smile on his face, content and happy to be able to spend time with his family. I hope I can only be as good a father and husband. I have big shoes to fill. I love you dad, I will miss you dad.


Claude S. Serfilippi
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