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|Philip Richard Nuccio|
Service: A private memorial service will be held in mid-October
Location: To be announced
Philip Richard Nuccio died unexpectedly on October 6, 2019 at his home in Gaithersburg, MD. He was 72.
Phil is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Marsha Lynn; his daughter and son, Olivia Rose and Allen Patrick; their spouses, Jonathan Cylus and Heidi Nuccio; and his four grandchildren, Matthew William Cioffi, Abigail Rose Nuccio, Ruby Helen Cylus and Samuel Philip Cylus. He also leaves behind dear aunts, and cousins, as well as two family cats, Bella and Lucy, with whom he shared a loving yet contentious relationship.
Born in Brooklyn, NY on June 18, 1947 to Rosario Nuccio and Margaret DeMillo, Phil was later joined by a younger sister, Patrice Nuccio, who preceded him in death in 2010.
In 1967, Phil enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served a tour of duty as a Rifleman in the Vietnam War in the famed 1st Battalion, 9th Marines. He forged many friendships during his time in the service that persisted through the rest of his life. Phil earned a Purple Heart in addition to numerous other service awards and was honorably discharged in 1973. A staunch anti-war advocate later in life, Phil maintained a deep respect and admiration for all servicemen and servicewomen, particularly those who had served alongside him.
Phil’s primary interests included enjoying the company of his dear wife, whom he loved more than life itself, his children, and more recently, his grandchildren. Known as “Papa” to his two young granddaughters, Phil cherished every moment spent with them and watching them grow. Phil was also passionate about many social causes, particularly the organized labor movement. He worked tirelessly supporting labor unions during his career in the sector spanning more than 30 years.
Phil loved the outdoors. Whether it was sailing, gardening, golfing, taking long walks around the neighborhood, fly fishing using the flies that he tied himself, or simply sitting on his deck, drinking coffee while reading the newspaper, he treasured the natural world around him. Phil firmly believed that the outdoors transcended anything the indoors could provide a person, which was one of his main motivations for supporting protection of our natural resources.
Phil had a massive heart and zest for life; anyone that met him once immediately liked him; anyone that met him twice forever loved him. He lived his life to protect others, particularly his family, and to advocate for those without a voice. He had an unwavering sense of what was right and a moral compass which always pointed him to doing what was moral and just.
Phil will forever remain in the hearts and minds of all who love him. He fought for and loved his country, his family, and his friends, and always put them first. He was a hero, though he hated the word, and anyone who knew him will not forget this wonderful man.
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