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Anthony J. Filipelli
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Mr. Anthony J. “Tony Phillips” Filipelli, 82, was called home to his wife, mother, and father on Thursday, March 1, 2018, after a brief stay at the St. Luke’s Home.

Tony was born in Utica on October 6, 1935, the one and only child of the late Samuel J. “Sammy Phillips” and Elizabeth “Betty” (Ferro) Filipelli. He was educated in local schools and a 1953 graduate of T.R. Proctor High School; and a 1962 graduate of M.V.T.I. (now M.V.C.C.).

A well rounded athlete, Tony, started boxing at the age of nine at the East Utica Boy’s Club, which led to a forty-six year career in Boxing. A member of the Fort Meade Army Team, Tony had a 16-0-1 record; and held the camp record of a fifty-seven second KO in the 1st round.

Tony wanted to stay close to the fighting game, so in 1960, at the age of 24, he became the youngest referee in the country. A gentleman of the highest degree, Tony contributed and participated in the great sport of boxing. He traveled the world, including Russia, Japan, Germany, Poland, Cuba, Italy, and Ireland, and handled in the ring many of the world champions; Billy Backus of Canastota, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Evander Holyfield, and Duane Bobick. A totally dedicated and respected man, Tony was Utica’s ambassador to the sport. He brought positive publicity to the city of Utica, and as Howard Cosell would say, “the third man in the ring from Utica, NY is Tony Filipelli.” of which Tony was so proud. The highlight of his career was the 1984 World Olympics in Los Angeles, where he was one of seven men certified in the world to referee and judge Olympic style boxing. Tony also spoke at many safety clinics to help fighters prevent needless injuries. He was inducted into the Utica Sports Hall of Fame in 1992, and was also the recipient of the Ventura Pride of Utica Award. Tony also played fast pitch softball for Angie’s Grille, Belview Restaurant, Curtis Movers, and General Electric.

He was married to the former Deanna Bruni on September 27, 1958, a blessed union of thirty-seven years and they were a great team, until Dede’s passing on September 29, 1995. Tony was employed with General Electric, the City of Utica, Oneida County, and retired from Midstate Correctional Facility, as a recreational leader, where he started his own boxing team and had outside competitive bouts, once a month.

He is survived by his son and “Buddy”, Michael J. Filipelli, with whom he resided; his two daughters and sons-in-law, Bernadette and James Jackson, of Somerdale, NJ and Lisa and David Taurisano, of Utica; his grandchildren, Christopher Filipelli, Leslie Filipelli, Dominick Taurisano, Deanna Jackson, and John Anthony Jackson. He was predeceased by many aunts, uncles, and cousins in the Filipelli, Bruni, Chandler, and Ferro families. Also surviving are many close pals, Remo Zegarelli, Dick Trinco, John Brezinski, Tim Boehlert, Jamie Aleandro, Nick Rocco, Nini Ventura, and Nonnie Pensaro; and also the gang from the Let’s Get Together Club, Lou Papale, Rick Caruso, Al Grimaldi, and Joe Carlo.

The dedication and love shown to Tony by Dr. Chris Max will never be forgotten; and also special thanks to Rev. Arthur Hapanowicz and the Sisters at Holy Trinity Church, for their spiritual support and blessings, it will not be forgotten.

His Funeral will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. from The Matt Funeral Home and at 11a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church with Military Honors. Private interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St., at Mohawk St., Utica.

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Mike, I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. I wish I could be with you at his funeral but I am leaving for Florida Sunday. You know how much I loved your father he was always a good friend.ghb

Written by Russell Cerminaro
2018-03-03 4:31:51 PM

Mike,this obituary is a great tribute to your Dad.He was a real good man and a friend..He called me the muffin man because I used to bring him muffins from Tops bakery.. whenever I saw him out and about on the Eastside he would call me over and tell the bartenders to give his friend the muffin man a drink...I used to love visiting with him and listening to his stories.R I P Mr Fillipelli..good just got another angel

Written by Donny Almond
2018-03-03 4:34:55 PM

So sad to hear that Tony has passed. I loved hearing his stories about his escapades with my dad, Nick. Tony's life was pretty amazing as shown by the 'wall of fame' in the den f his house. God bless you Michael and the entire Filipelli family. Your dad was a gem, one in a million.

Written by Mary Ann Rocco
2018-03-03 5:41:35 PM

He will always be remembered by me as he was a great family friend going back over seventy years. Hug my DAD for me.

Written by Mark Ambrosi
2018-03-03 6:50:32 PM

Dear Mike, Chris and Leslie, We are so sorry to hear about Tony. Our prayers go out to you all. Love, The Chambrone Family

Written by Joe Chambrone
2018-03-03 7:49:29 PM

i so sorry to hear tony pass i always try to wqacting boxing on tv to if he tony would be on he was a good man and i will miss him

Written by Mark Montano
2018-03-04 11:36:48 PM

I worked with Tony at MidState Correctional Facility and couldn't ask for a nicer co-worker; he was always pleasant and courteous and was well-liked by everyone. He was a true gentleman. Prayers to the family during this difficult time.

Written by Marguerite Kershaw
2018-03-04 1:54:09 PM

Michael & Family,May your memories give you peace and comfort.

Written by Jake Minicone
2018-03-04 6:46:00 PM

Mike, You Son of a B----. You know how much I loved & respected your father. We go way way back as you know by my opening sentence! I'll see you at church Tuesday. My sincere condolences. John R. Doti (Johnny you son of a B----)

Written by John Doti
2018-03-05 1:35:30 PM

Michael, Bernadette, and Lisa With heartfelt and deepest sympathies, we say goodbye to our oldest and dearest cousin. Your dad was always strong for the entire family -- his parents, his wife, and especially for all of his children. His strength will always protect you. You're all in our thoughts and in our prayers. Love, Jerry, Rosalie, and Ceasare

Written by Jerry Filipelli
2018-03-05 1:58:07 AM

Michael, sending condolences from the Montanaro family with regards to your loss.

Written by Joseph Montanaro
2018-03-05 2:19:20 PM

Sending prayers and condolences for the loss of your dad. He was a great man.

Written by Judianne Balzano-Smith
2018-03-05 3:55:37 PM

My heartfelt condolences to all of the Filipelli family and friends. Anthony's footprints lifted his sport up, nurtured offspring that carry his light as he did, and brought unforeseen support to many who never asked. May he continue to bless is all through his special ways in Godwinks and in our dreams.

Written by Michelle Billingsley
2018-03-09 12:29:54 PM

Dear Mike, Bernie and family, Oh how time flies: Columbus School, ND, Procter. . . Those good ole days seem like yesterday. Was so sad to hear of your dad's passing. Sending you prayers, strength and heartfelt condolences for your loss.

Written by Bob Cooper
2018-03-12 1:38:05 AM

Daddy, I miss you so much you will remain in my heart forever, kiss mommy for me, all my love 😘😘Bernadette

Written by Bernadette Filipelli-Jackson
2018-03-22 6:05:06 AM

Daddy, I miss you so much you will remain in my heart forever, kiss mommy for me, all my love Bernadette

Written by Bernadette Filipelli-Jackson
2018-03-22 6:05:06 AM