Philip Joseph Milano, Sr., peacefully took his last breath on August 31, 2021, with the comfort of his son at his bedside and daughter in spirit. Phil has joined his parents, Felix (Phil) Milano and Marcella Lazar Califano, and his two sisters, Carol Ann Milano and Cynthia Ann Milano in eternal rest.
Born on June 7, 1951, in Brooklyn, NY, Phil then moved to and grew up in Amsterdam, NY. He graduated from Bishop Scully High School and attended Fulton-Montgomery Community College. Phil paused his educational pursuits and was drafted in 1970 into the United States Army, assigned to Headquarters Troop 1st Squadron (Air) 9th Cavalry 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. Upon an honorable discharge, Phil worked at Schenectady Chemical, and later attended SUNY Albany where he successfully completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
Phil was the type of man that would not settle until he achieved his heart’s desire, and he continued to explore career and educational opportunities. Upon his graduation from SUNY, Phil oversaw buildings and ground maintenance at GE Research and Development, and eventually moved to work in sales for lab supplies, and later, an office furniture company. Something was still missing for Phil, and he successfully completed his Masters in Special Education at St. Rose, and this led him to his passion. Phil worked at local area school districts as a high school special education teacher as well as a coordinator of special education services. His final place of employment was with the Sharon Springs Central Schools, from where he resigned at the age of 40 due to the effects of Parkinson’s Disease.
Life continued for Phil as he faithfully navigated the joys and sorrows during his 30-year chapter of living with Parkinson’s Disease. Many have shared the spark that kept him ignited with life were his two children and their families. Phil has left a legacy of humility and faith to be continued by his son, PJ (Becky) and daughter Talia (Eric) along with his four precious grandchildren, Zachary, Gavin, Landon and Isla. Phil developed so many friendships and every single interaction fostered a unique connection. Phil leaves an enormous void in the hearts of every person that has met him and come to know him during his journey, and he will be forever missed.
In lieu of flowers, we request that a donation is made to a charity of your choice. A gesture intended to better the good of another is the greatest gift of all.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate Phil’s life with his children on Monday, September 6, 2021 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave (Rte 9 and/or Marion Ave.), Saratoga Springs, NY.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 9:30 am at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave (Rte 9 and/or Marion Ave.), Saratoga Springs, NY.
Interment with military honors will follow with a funeral procession to the final resting place at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871 with no repast.
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