It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Phillip H. Saienni, 80, of Lady Lake FL, (formerly of West Grove, PA). He was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, a cherished grandfather, and friend. He left an indelible mark on the hearts of those who knew him.
Phil passed away on July 1, 2023, at HCA Hospital in Ocala, FL, after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his father, Earl D. Saienni Sr., mother, Genevieve (Frabriso) Saienni, his wife of 42 years, Jane E. (Leaf) Saienni, son-in-law, Anthony Caruso, Jr., and his sister-in-law, Nancy A. Leaf.
Phil is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Saienni of Lady Lake, FL, brother Earl D.(Marie) Saienni Jr. of West Grove, PA, son George (Margaret) Saienni of West Grove, PA, daughter Mary (Daniel) Dodson of Elizabethtown, KY, daughter Ann Caruso of West Grove, PA, four grandchildren Ashley (Chad) Sims, Andrew (Lex) Saienni, Domnick Holcombe, Abigail Caruso, stepson Scott (Cindi) Lamborn of West Grove, PA, and stepdaughter Patricia (Tim) Robinson, of West Grove, PA.
Phil was born in 1943 in Wilmington, DE. He was a 1961 graduate of Kennett High School. After graduation Phil worked at a local machine shop while continuing to work at Earl’s Sub Shop, the family business that was started by his parents. In the mid 60’s he enlisted in the Delaware Army National Guard, where he was a sergeant and earned the Colonel Duncan Award.
Phil was a dedicated family man. He had a strong work ethic, and sense of character, in which he demonstrated in his actions and instilled in those whose lives he touched. Phil always stayed busy and worked for many different local businesses in his lifetime. This included the US Postal Service, Hewlett Packard Company, Basilio Construction, F.P. Kavanaugh & Sons, and Pinno Pontiac-Buick. In the mid 70’s he returned to the family business, Earl’s Sub Shop. For the next 20 plus years running the family business enabled him to both provide for his family and to interact with and support the local community (Rotary Club, Scouts, Avon Grove Little League, Soccer, West Grove & Avondale Fire Companies). With all his children through college and out on their own, the decision was made to retire from the family business in 1993. Soon after retiring from the sub shop, he went on to work for Ashley’s Snacks, Agilent Technologies, Boomers, London Grove Township, Frank’s Pork Products, Walmoore Farms, and Family Promise of Chester County.
In 2017 Phil and his wife Barbara moved to Oak Wood Estates in Lady Lake, FL. Phil enjoyed making new friends in the community, walking, and he was a great fan of Water Oak Senior Softball. He was recognized for his enthusiasm, dedication, and support with a plaque in 2019-2020. Phil eventually became part of the ground crew. He loved working on the ball field at Oak Wood Estates and enjoyed everyone involved in the Association.
A memorial service for Phil will be held on Saturday, August 12th at the Christian Life Center, 125 Saginaw Rd, Lincoln University, PA. Visit with the family from 9am to 11am, followed by a memorial service beginning at 11am.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: Water Oak Softball Association, C/O George Saienni, 344 Chatham Rd. West Grove, PA 19390.