OBITUARY

Philip Andrew Zuvanich

November 22, 1998June 23, 2019
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Philip Andrew Zuvanich, 20, of Sandy Hook, passed away suddenly on June 23rd, along with one of his very best friends.

He was the beloved son of Sandy and Paul Zuvanich and cherished brother to Sarah and Maggie Zuvanich. In true sibling fashion, they grew closer the older they got, and developed a special bond. They could be heard laughing and sharing inside jokes and stories, understood only by them.

A lifelong resident of the area, Phil graduated from Newtown High School in 2017. Some knew him as Drew, but with the passing of his grandfather, he introduced himself as Phil, making his father proud. Following the loss of his father, he was mentored by family friends, first at Black Swan, and most recently at Ingersoll Automotive. He was well respected by coworkers and clients, and developed a new confidence in his future. When he wasn’t working or helping his family, he could be found playing video games or sharing his unique, dry sense of humor with friends. Phil’s furry best friend, DeeDee, was adopted from Spotty Dog Rescue and they were inseparable. He will be remembered for his sparkling blue eyes, quick wit, loyalty to friends, and dedication to his family. You couldn’t find a funnier, kinder, sweeter guy than Phil.

He is survived by his mother Sandy Zuvanich; sisters Sarah and Maggie Zuvanich; paternal grandmother Barbara Zuvanich of Shenandoah, Texas; maternal grandparents Virginia and Richard Andrew Frank of Shenandoah, Iowa; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was predeceased by his father Paul Zuvanich, who died of a glioblastoma, and paternal grandfather Philip Zuvanich, of Texas.

Friends are invited to calling hours Friday June 28th from 3pm-6:30pm, at Spadaccino & Leo P. Gallagher & Son Community Funeral Home, 315 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, CT 06468.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to Spotty Dog Rescue http://spottydogrescue.org/contact-infodonations.html or the Glioblastoma Foundation https://glioblastomafoundation.org/get-involved/donate.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, June 28, 2019

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Beth Bogues

June 29, 2019

I was blessed to work with Philip at Ingersoll. From the first day I met with him to the last I have some very fond memories. He told me he wanted to be called Philip so that is how I knew him. He started at Ingersoll looking for a better opportunity, eager to learn and apply himself. One day he had a pretty good cut above his eye and I said he should get that looked at. He said he wanted a scar to look "tough". Another day he fell and ripped his pants and had a pretty good cut on his leg. I saw him in the break room where a fellow lot attendant was administering first aid. A bottle of peroxide, some ointment and a band aid seemed to do the trick. Not how a mother would have handled it but they got the job got done. I will remember seeing him on his lunch break and chatting, his cute buzz haircut, seeing him smiling as he walked by my office and always looking for his next assignment at the service desk. Philip stated he would like to come to Ingersoll and leave this place better than when he came. His sparkling blue eyes, his infectious smile and his kindness sure have left an impact on me. Sandy, Maggie and Sarah, may you find comfort in all your memories for they last a lifetime!

Rubi Soto

June 28, 2019

Upon receiving the news of Phil's passing, all I could think of was his sweet innocent smile when an inside joke was made; that smile that said, "yup, I'm with you on that!" We came to know Phil through his job at Ingersoll, driving vehicles down to our shop for the quick buff, the estimates, whatever was required of him. We have so many great memories of Phil, even if we didn't have the opportunity to have known him for as long as family and close friends may have; the memories flow in and leave us smiling. Memories like this past winter when he fell on ice, ripped his pants, and knee bled non-stop; he allowed me to clean the blood, put the biggest Band-Aid I could find and we had a good laugh thinking if the pants had ripped more, he would have shown the world too much. It was truly an honor having known Phil.

Tricia Johnson

June 28, 2019

Sending our love to each of you- Sandy, Sarah, and Maggie, Our hearts are shattered with sorrow and grief for the loss of Drew and for each of you enduring this pain. As you will miss him, we all will miss him so very much.

In our Valley family, Drew grew up with the embrace of love and our love embraces you today and in the future.

We Love You...
Tricia, Devin and Kimmie

Catie Ingersoll

June 28, 2019

While I have worked at Ingersoll sporadically over the last couple of years, Phil and I developed one of those relationships where you could pick up right where you left off ...The laughs, inside jokes, and poking-funs were a common occurance during our 9-5's. Philly was always the first to lend a helping hand or an ear if you needed someone to talk to. I always made him help me organize reciepts and papers (not his favorite thing in the world) but it gave us and our friend Seb more time to talk and those extra minutes are ones that I do not take for granted. Philly, was the epitome of what it means to be kind. It is something that everyone who was blessed to know him would agree upon as well as the Ingersoll Service Family as we had the honor of working side by side with him. Philly, you are dearly missed... Love ya...Cant wait until we meet again for another "sticker war" .
-Catie

William Lenhard

June 27, 2019

I’ve had the great pleasure of knowing this young man since he was just about a year old. So one memory is not fitting. The bbqs, the camping trips, NASCAR races in Dover, and I will never forget the greatest tee shot from an 11 year old boy telling his dad I know what I’m doing. I put one in the woods his dad put one on a different fairway but Phil cracked one straight down the fairway 200 yards. At that point I looked at his dad and said yep he’s knows what he’s doing. And now working with him everyday at Ingersoll. It was always such a pleasure to see him. He grew into a wonderful young man one that I will miss dearly. Love ya buddy.

Ashley Fowler

June 27, 2019

I worked with Phil at Ingersoll Automotive. From the day he started He was part of our family. Phil always had the biggest smile, you would know he was there from the laughter and energy he carried with him everyday. Phil never hesitated to help anyone who needed it. He had such a big heart. Missing him everyday.
I am sincerely sorry for your loss, no words could ever describe this tragedy. Phil will always be in our hearts and memories.

Shirley Lenhard

June 27, 2019

I have so many memories of seeing the laughter in your twinkling blue eyes and I am so very proud to have watched you grow from an impatient toddler, tugging at your dad's pant leg, into a teenager, and finally a young man taking on responsibilities and growing. Foremost in my mind are the trilling sounds of your toddler voice calling "daddy" repeatedly and impatiently, showing me your baby sister in her carrier and announcing "She's the baby now," and going to Dover on an overnight trip to the races. You will always remain a piece of my heart and I am blessed to know you and your beautiful family. There will not be a day in my life that I do not give thanks for our experiences and hold you in my heart.

Sandy, Sarah, and Maggie, I am so sorry for the loss and words will never heal this pain and sorrow. It is my hope and prayer than you will find some comfort in your memories and with one another through sharing each other's stories of Phil. I love you.

Cory Dahlgren

June 26, 2019

I worked with Phil at Ingersol what a great guy. Thanks for all your help around the shop we will miss your smile take care man

Beth Iaciofano

June 26, 2019

I was Phil’s 8th grade science teacher. Philip was such a sweet boy. I remember how excited he was when his family adopted DeeDee. He loved that dog from day 1 and enjoyed talking about her. I was lucky to see him and Maggie a year or so ago when they came back to the middle school to visit. My heart is heavy knowing he is gone.

Karen Pierce

June 26, 2019

Dear Sandy, Sarah, and Maggie,
You are in our hearts. Love, The Pierce Family

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