Philip Dalla Antonelli

July 27, 1924June 23, 2013
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Philip Dalla Antonelli passed away peacefully on June 23, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife Romana; children Therese Landin, Philip Antonelli II, Cecilia Goergen, and Mark Antonelli and step-children Andreina Pier, Carla Pier, and Mario Heinbaugh, and eight grandchildren. Phil was born in Silverton, CO on July 27, 1924 to Fidenzio and Rena Antonelli, immigrants from the Austrian Südtirol which later became the autonomous Italian province of Trentino-Alto Adige. Phil’s pride in his heritage was exhibited in his later life by his involvement with the Tirolesi-Trentini del Colorado where he served for many years as club president and reigned proudly as Polenta King.

Phil graduated from Silverton High school in 1942. Following high school he was drafted into the US Army where he served in the field artillery of the 3rd US Army under the command of Lt. General George S. Patton. Arriving in France one month after D-Day, Phil saw front-line duty for nine consecutive months with Patton from the breakout in Normandy to Victory in Europe. Service to the country he loved remained the proudest accomplishment of his life and he was honored by being a part of the 60th anniversary of D-day where he a sat in close proximity to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Locally, he was recognized by the Colorado Rockies who asked him to throw out the first pitch on July 4th 2007 in the game against the New York Mets.

Following the war, Phil returned to Colorado where he attended Regis College graduating in 1949 with a degree in economics. At Regis he played basketball for coach and life-long friend Larry Varnell. Nicknamed the “Buzz Boys” by legendary Denver Post sports writer Ralph Moore – another great friend -- Phil’s Regis team went on to win the National Catholic Invitational tournament which in the days before the NCAA’s was a highly competitive event. At Regis Phil developed an attachment to the college which was to remain an important part of his life; his war memorabilia is a part of the collection at the Regis’s Center for the War Experience.

After graduation Phil taught math, history and economics at Regis High School where he coached the basketball team to 2 consecutive state Catholic High School championships. The trophy case at the Regis H.S was recently named in his honor. Phil left teaching in the mid-1950s and entered the business world where he had a successful career selling everything from explosives to seismic data.

He spent his retirement years traveling and living the passions he had developed over the course of his life – serving God, his family, and the educational institutions that had helped shape his life. Services for Phil will be conducted on Friday June 28 at Regis College Chapel, 3333 Regis Blvd, Denver, CO with a viewing at 1 PM, Rosary at 2 PM and Mass at 2:30 PM. Friends are invited to share memories and break bread with the family at a reception following Mass.

A memorial fund has been established for memorial contributions to be made in memory of Philip D. Antonelli. donations can be made using the following information: FirstBank FBO In the Memory of Philip D. Antonelli 10367 Federal Boulevard Westminster, CO 80260


  • Visitation Friday, June 28, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 28, 2013

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June 25, 2014

My deepest sympathy to the dear family and friends of Mr Philip Antonelli. The photo gallery reveals Philip's deep love for family and for life. May God comfort you as you all grieve such a great loss.

July 31, 2013

We were sorry to hear of Phil's death. He was a great leader of our Tyrolean group. I'm sure you will miss him a lot. Deanna Leino and Evelyn Bonan, Wheat Ridge, CO

Beth & Ken Conover & Snyder

July 1, 2013

Antonelli families- we are so sorry for your loss. We will always remember Phil Sr. As the grandpa with chocolate bars in his pockets! So glad we had the chance to get to know him and to experience family history in Silverton last year!. Much love to you all.

Anna Mills

June 29, 2013

Dear Therese and Doug,
Our deepest sympathies at the loss of Phillip! You were so blessed to have such a wonderful Father! Truly enjoyed the photo's, what an amazing life he lived! May God bless Philip and your family. He will always be in your heart.
Wishing you all God's Best, Anna and John Mills

June 28, 2013

Romana & for Phil's loved ones left behind my deepest sympathy goes out to you. You will have memories of his time with you treasure the happy times. Jane Groff, Montrose, CO.

Karin Jensen

June 28, 2013

I enjoyed the short time I had to get to know Philip at Broomfield Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where I was an intern. He was a great story teller and a true gentleman. His spirit and enthusiasm enriched my life. I want to share my sympathy for your loss and my prayers will be with you.
Karin Jensen Speech Language Pathologist

June 28, 2013

"Romana: We are deeply sorry for your loss. To us, Phil was a great person and a fine gentleman. We will miss him. Our prayers go out to you and your family." Angelo & Mary Bergamo (Lakewood Colorado)

The Hurley's

June 28, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. Although we did not know Phil, he seems to have been a wonderful man. Your family is in our thoughts.

Gregory & Cecilia Wells

June 28, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to the Antonelli family:

Such a lovely tribute to a great and honorable man. He will be deeply missed by family and friends. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Ferruccio Pisoni

June 28, 2013

Carissima Romana,
con grande tristezza abbiamo appreso da Maurizio la notizia del venir meno del caro Philip. Ci sentiamo anche noi più poveri perché un grande amico ci ha lasciati. Ricordiamo la profondità di un'amicizia vissuta per molti anni con intensità nonostante la distanza e la diradata frequenza degli incontri. Di Philip ricordiamo la squisita gentilezza, l'affabilità e il desiderio di essere utile anticipando i desideri e attese. Ha molto amato il Trentino a cui lo legava un affetto più grande della nostalgia e ne ha promosso con continuità l'immagine
e l'amore; ha amato la Trentini nel Mondo come modo e strumento per coltivare una solidarietà fraterna fra tutti i trentini e fra tutti coloro che a questi si rapportavano. L'eredità morale e di affetti lasciata da Philip lo rende sempre presente fra di noi e ci spinge a ringraziare Dio di averlo posto sul nostro cammino. Possa questa presenza aiutarti a superare il dolore per il distacco.
Tante sincere condoglianze.
Luciana e Ferruccio Pisoni