Francis Filice, 85, of Gilroy, died peacefully at his home March
2, 2005, under the care of Gloria, his wife of 63 years.
Carmen “Geezil” Francis Filice, 85, of Gilroy, died peacefully at his home March 2, 2005, under the care of Gloria, his wife of 63 years.
Mr. Filice was born Oct. 7, 1919 in San Francisco, and moved to Paradise Valley shortly after, eventually settling in Gilroy.
While serving in the Army during WW II, he married Gloria Bozzo and after his discharge started his 27 year stint at The Gilroy Dispatch working his way up to General Manager and sports columnist.
In 1967 he and his son-in-law Everett Littlejohn, began Gilroy Printers and Office Supplies, retiring in 1994. He was active at St. Mary Parish, the Sierra Club, and Elks Lodge serving as Exalted Ruler in 1976. He was instrumental in the first parks and recreation commission, helping to develop Christmas Hill Park as the prototype for future parks.
He also is survived by his children, Patti Littlejohn and her husband Everett of Gilroy, John Filice and his wife Kim of Gilroy, and Toni Rinde and her husband Knute of Hollister; grandchildren, Kristann and Mark Mangano, Michelyn and Frank Delgado, Tiffany and Richard Helmly, and Wendy and Tony Solorio; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Gabriel and Almeda Filice, his brother Stanley Filice, and great-grandson Ryan Mangano.
A viewing will begin at 10am, Friday, March 4, 2005 at Habing Family Funeral Home, followed by Mass at St. Mary Catholic Church at noon. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery.
Donations may be made to O’Connor Home Healthcare 2105 Forest Ave., San Jose, CA 95128 or St. Mary School Endowment Fund 7900 Church St. Gilroy, CA 95020.