De Filippo, Alphonso L., of Englewood, Florida, 87, died on January 9, 2012. Burial with full military honors will be held at Sarasota, FL National Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Gretchen; daughters Debra Amato (Patrick) of Ramsey, NJ, Donna Kendall (Jeffrey) of Belchertown, MA; Denise Brady (Raymond) of Dover, TN and son David DeFilippo (Jane) of Milton, MA. He is predeceased by Daughter Diane Tucker. He has six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Al was born in Paterson, NJ and raised in Fair Lawn, NJ. He graduated from East Side High School and served as a Staff Sergeant in the Army during WWII, seeing action in the South Pacific. He graduated from Upsala College in East Orange, NJ with a degree in Education and completed his graduate work at Rutgers University.
Al taught history at Paramus High School in Paramus, NJ for 30 years. He also coached varsity track and cross country including the 1962 undefeated track team. He was a Paramus Councilman from 1970 -1973. Al retired in 1980 and in 1984 moved to Florida where he enjoyed 28 wonderful years