January 19, 1926 – March 30, 2018
Simon Phillip Pilato, of New Springville, Staten Island passed away on March 30, 2018. Born in Brooklyn, he was a devoted husband of 62 years to the late Rose Pilato, caring for her at home for eight years, until her battle with Alzheimer's ended. An army veteran of WW II, he was a philatelist since the age of nine and loved to watch western movies and TV shows. He is survived by his eight children Michelle, Michael, Joseph, Ann, Anthony, Gerald, Vincent and Susan; twelve grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and expecting another to join the family next month.
In lieu of flowers, Simon would have preferred a donation be made to Disabled American Veterans Charitable Trust (dav.org). This charity has a five-star rating and spends 97% on direct aid to wounded veterans.
Simon's family thanks you for your friendship and sympathies at this time of loss.
- Visitation Tuesday, April 3, 2018
- Funeral Mass Wednesday, April 4, 2018
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April 4, 2018
My favorite memories of Poppy will always be cooking his favorite foods, whether It was a Sunday dinner or just a random visit we spent many an hour of playing his favorite big band sounds or Sergio Franchi Songs he would whistle along as I cooked my heart out to insure his approval. I will truly miss these great times we spent together and there was nothing I would not do to see him enjoy reminiscing about his childhood, the war and his years as a business man downtown Brooklyn. The one legacy he has left with me is his strength and courage, even til the end he was courageous and I will admire him always!! I Love u Poppy!!!
April 3, 2018
I would like to send my sincere condolences to Simon's family. He spoke about his 8 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren all of the time. He was a man who really loved his family and wanted to be around to throw a ball to the little ones. I was impressed by how sharp, genuine and independent he was. I really grew to love him over the past several months. He was a true gentleman and one of the last of his kind. He knew every nurse's name and liked to tell us jokes to keep us laughing at work. I will truly miss our time together. I know we will see each other again one day. God bless you.
April 3, 2018
There are too many memories of my beloved Grandfather aka Poppy. From the age of 3 he never missed one of my dance recitals and always gave his opinion of the music. Whenever we had dessert he would always eat a piece of mine and told me I had too much. He was the epitome of Tough love, always told me what was on his mind no matter how it made me feel yet after he’d give me a big hug or grab my hand and squeeze it. No matter how big or small the memories are I will cherish every moment spent with my Poppy. I love you forever and a day.
Ann Marie Devine
April 3, 2018
Some of my favorite memories are standing in the intersection of 7th and Prospect Avenues in Brooklyn (there weren't many cars in 1964) waiting to catch the ball dad threw 60 feet into the air. Simon loved baseball and would play catch with anyone old enough to walk. At the age of ten, I could catch anything he could throw. #pimpleball
He will be missed along the way but quietly remembered every day.