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Veteran quick to help family, friends, community

| Saturday, March 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Guilio “Gino” Filotei of White Oak and Espyville, Crawford County, died on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

Guilio Filotei's work ethic was so strong that he wouldn't even let a broken wrist keep him from going to work as a heating and air conditioning technician.

“I only remember my Dad missing work one time, and that was after he had surgery for a broken right heel,” said Lisa Johns of White Oak. “He was the kind of guy who worked all day, and then came home and went out and did side jobs and helped family and friends work on their homes. If somebody needed something done, he was right there to help out.”

Guilio “Gino” Filotei of White Oak and Espyville, Crawford County, died on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. He was 79.

Born in Arquata Del Tronto, Italy, Mr. Filotei immigrated to the United States at 6 with his parents and settled in the Russellton section of West Deer, where his father was employed as a coal miner.

Mr. Filotei was drafted into the Army in 1954 and served as a tank commander in the 3rd Armored Division at Fort Knox in Kentucky until 1956.

After his discharge from the military, Mr. Filotei settled in McKeesport, where he met the former June L. Funk, to whom he was married for 55 years. She preceded him in death in 2011.

While in McKeesport, Mr. Filotei began working in heating and air conditioning and was employed by a number of companies. He retired in 1995 from Edward L. Kemp Co.

While Mr. Filotei's expertise was in heating and air conditioning, he had a knack for construction, his daughter said.

“While growing up, we spent a lot of time up at our uncle's place in Pymatuning and eventually my Dad got a lot and decided to build our own home there,” Johns said. “What's amazing to me is that he was able to sketch out the construction plans on a piece of paper and then build the house himself. When it came to fixing or building things, it seems there was nothing he couldn't do.”

Mr. Filotei loved fishing and hunting and was active as a volunteer. He was a life member of White Oak Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, American Legion Post 701 and Post 0462 and the Knights of Columbus.

In addition to his daughter, Lisa, Mr. Filotei is survived by three sons, Timothy Filotei of St. Cloud, Fla., David Filotei of Shelby Township, Mich., and Alfred Filotei of White Oak; and eight grandchildren.

Friends and family will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday in William C. Craig Funeral Home, 3000 Versailles Ave., McKeesport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday in St. Angela Merici Church in White Oak. Entombment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery.

Tony LaRussa is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7987 or tlarussa@tribweb.com.

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