Flemington, NJ- Philip J. Proetto, 82, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 16, 2015. Born and raised in Bronx, NY, son of the late Philip and Margaret (Shannon) Proetto, he raised his family in Farmingdale, NY with the love of his life and recently deceased, Lenore (Massaro) and settled in Flemington, NJ.
Philip was above all a husband, father and a grandfather. Phil’s ties to the men of the New York City Fire Dept. were always strong, but it was his involvement with “Friends of Bill W.” that gave him the opportunity to show younger men how to be a responsible father, husband and citizen. This forged many strong friendships for over 40 years with some of these men. Upon hearing of his death, those friends thank Phil for their lives today and have gone on to help so many others.
But Phil’s greatest love in life was always his beautiful wife Lenore. The love he had for his wife all those years was very special. He was a wonderful husband. Their bond based upon trust, reliability, and love grew stronger every year. They traveled together on over 50 vacations throughout the world. With his wife, they took private dance lessons and were in the fancy dance clubs of the late ‘70’s. Phil had a natural ability to move. He was known by all to be a very strong, hard-working man. His personality was such that everyone liked him very much. His love for his children and grandchildren was always obvious and he gave the children much happiness, humor and love.
In Phil’s final years, he became ill with Lewy Body Dementia but his smile, joy, friendliness and gentleness remained. This disease gave his family an opportunity to slow down and give back to him in a special way – to return his love and to appreciate life in a way that was never expected – one that only God understands. Philip is survived by his loving children, Philip Proetto, Raymond Proetto, and Linda Besecker.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a viewing at Countryside Funeral Home, 724 Route 202 North, Three Bridges, NJ 08887 on Monday, July 20 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and on Tuesday, July 21 from 8:15 a.m. until 8:45 a.m.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 21 beginning 8:45 a.m. at the funeral home followed by a 9:30 a.m. funeral liturgy at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church in Three Bridges. Military honors and disposition will follow at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, PA