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Date published: 8/21/2014

Philip B. DeSimone

Philip Bartholomew DeSimone, 79, of Locust Grove passed away at his home on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Philip was born in Fossacesia, Italy, in 1935, and immigrated to the United States with his family after WWII. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He lived most of his life with his family in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

He was a proficient tailor who worked at JCPenney, Strawbridge & Clothier and Men's Wearhouse. He was a member of the Lake of the Woods Veterans Association, Knights of Columbus- Plymouth Council, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 25, Collegeville, Pa., and the Men of Malvern Association. He loved his family, history, traveling, bowling and playing bocce on the beaches of North Carolina.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Arlene, and their three children, David, Joseph and Laura; his two grandchildren, Philip and Emily DeSimone; his brothers, Donato and Francesco; and his sisters, Lillian and Mary Ann.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicola and Maria DeSimone.

A church service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at St. Eleanor Parish Church in Collegeville, Pa., followed by his interment in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Norristown, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society (braintumor.org/join-the-fight/) or the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (unclineberg er.org).