Philip Anthony Celi, 83, of Edison, passed peacefully away at his home, on Sunday, August 27, 2023. Philip was born and raised in Newark before moving to Edison in 1960. He began driving a truck at the age of 12 with his brother Patrick in his father’s coal business. He was an owner operator of his own trucking business for many years before retiring for A&P Warehouse in Edison.
Philip adored his wife Carmella and would often be found slow dancing with her in their living room to oldies music.
Poppy, as his grandchildren called him, was well known by all for his love of cooking. He fed anyone that walked through his door. Everything in the world could be solved by one plate of his food. The world will be a much hungrier place without his meatballs and gravy.
He was the creator of the word ‘doozi bots’, which you were frequently called one, for putting trash in the recyclable bin. He coached his kids competitive speed roller skating team and travelled throughout the country with them.
Philip was predeceased by his parents, Patrick and Genevieve Celi; brother, Patrick Celi; and sister, Angelina Boden. He is survived by his wife of over 66 years, Carmella; children, Patrick Celi, Donna Celi, Lisa Celi, Darlene Celi and Susan Celi; along with his grandchildren, Diana Scholz, Bobby Scholz, T.J. Scholz, T.J. Pizzaia and, Rebecca Petrillo and her husband Thomas; along with his great grandchildren, Christopher Curran, and Sadie and Mia Petrillo.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit on Thursday, August 31, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Boylan Funeral Home, 10 Wooding Avenue, Edison. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, September 1st at 10:00 a.m. at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.