Philip Sylvestro

October 21, 1941April 10, 2021

Philip J. Sylvestro passed away on April 10, 2021 at the age of 79, in Tradition, Florida after a short illness. Born to the late Philip A. Sylvestro and Mary (Marchoine) Sylvestro on October 21, 1941, Philip was raised in New Britain, CT. He spent his younger years playing football in high school and later at Morehead State College, in Morehead, Kentucky. After receiving his degree, he worked at Sheehan High School, in Wallingford, CT, where he passionately taught AP history. An avid educator, Philip served in positions for the National Education Association and mentored many students throughout his over 30-year career. After moving to Rocky Hill in 1967, he raised his children and actively served the community in many capacities, including the Planning and Zoning committee and Town Council. He also served as Deputy Mayor. Recognizing the importance of education and community, he was instrumental in planning the Rocky Hill High School renovations and newly constructed Town Hall. Philip was a passionate clay target shooter and spent many years on the line where he perfected not only his score but his relationship with his son and friends. He was involved in many clubs, including Rockville Fish & Game, Hartford Gun Club, Bristol Fish & Game, Wolcott Land Owners Assoc., Guilford Sportsman Club, and the Branford Gun Club. He actively supported the Amateur Trapshooting Association and also held positions within the Connecticut Trapshooting Association. The largest Connecticut State Trap Shoot in history was executed under his leadership. In 2012, Philip was inducted into the CTA Hall of Fame. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Diane Sylvestro. He is survived by his longtime partner Linda Gostyla, his daughter Deborah Pane and her husband Thomas, his son Mark Sylvestro and his wife Heather, and his grandchildren, Andrew Philip Pane, Norah Diane, and William Robert Sylvestro. He also leaves his brother and friend, Barry Sylvestro, and his wife Janet, and three nieces, Vicki, Jaclyn, and Kelsey, and their families for whom he held a special place in his heart. He will also be greatly missed by Linda’s children, Tracy Gostyla and Kim Gostyla, and Linda’s grandchildren, Danica, Wyatt, and Jeremy who were like his own. Philip was a good friend, active listener, and devoted man. His presence will be greatly missed by his family and many friends who have known him during his meaningful lifetime. The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday, April 25, 2021 from 1-3 p.m. at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT. So loved ones will be safe, Covid safety regulations will be followed. Burial at Rose Hill Memorial Park, Rocky Hill, will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 20 Batterson Park Rd # 302, Farmington, CT 06032. For online espressions of sympathy to the family, please visit



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Richard Lombardo

April 23, 2021

I was friends with Phil. He grew up on Clinton st. and me in Mount Pleasant projects. We hung out for awhile, doing nothing special. I will never forget his: TO THE MOON , ALICE, His favorite saying from our favorite T V show The Cramdens (Jackie Gleason et al)
He was a good friend and he will be missed.

Pat Jordan

April 22, 2021

It was my honor and pleasure to serve on the Board of Directors of the Ct Education Association with Phil. He was wise, gracious, concerned and generous. I had recently reconnected with him on Facebook and I was delighted by that. May he Rest In Peace,

Michael Bocchini, Sr

April 22, 2021

A wonderful friend to Rocky Hill and to me. He is missed. My condolences to his fine family. He will be remembered in our prayers.

Arnold Cohen

April 22, 2021

To Sylvestro Family,

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Phil's death.
We knew each other through trap shooting.

Sincerely yours,

Arnie Cohen

Chuck Rinaldi

April 21, 2021

Phil Sylvestro was an extraordinary teacher, and a man of great intellect. Those students fortunate enough to have been in his classes and exposed to his depth of knowledge and breath of thought were lucky indeed, and the better for having known him.

I, too, am better for having known him and for sharing a friendship that has lasted nearly 40 years, until his unfortunate passing. I will miss our Facebook chats, and I will always remember him fondly, and smile when I think of him.

R.I.P., my friend...

Richard Hill

April 16, 2021

I am so very sorry to read of Phil’s passing ! He helped get me acclimated to the Sheehan High School second floor. His nickname for me was “The Hair Follicle” because of the length of my hair ! He was one of the big time personalities at M.T.Sheehan High School ....I will miss him!

Patti Ralabate

April 15, 2021

While I was active with the Connecticut Education Association, Phil was a loyal friend and colleague. He worked hard to make a difference for teachers and students in Wallingford and across the state. I cherish the many fun memories I have of him and hope your memories help you through this profound loss.