Philip T. De Riggi
May 7, 1937 - April 24, 2008
Phil was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania to Joseph De Riggi and Antoinette Siconolfi De Riggi on May 7, 1937 and was the youngest of five children. He would often kid about how he was born on the day after the Hindenburg crashed in Lakehurst, NJ.
Phil was a Korean War Veteran having enlisted in the Army in Wilkes-Berry, PA in the Fall of 1954 at age 17 and went through his initial training at Ft. Dix, NJ. For his Training at Fort Dix, he was assigned to the Third Platoon of Mike Company, 365th Infantry Regiment. After Basic, my Dad received orders to report to the 32nd Medium Tank Battalion of the Third Armored Division, which was located at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The 32nd Medium Tank Battalion was the same Battalion that his brother John had served with during World War II. In Korea, Phil was in the 6th Tank Battalion attached to the 24th Division.
After his honorable discharge from the Army, Phil worked for several years at US Steel as a crane operator. He first became acquainted with computers in the early 1960's when he was employed as a computer operator for the Philadelphia Air Defense at a Nike Hercules missile site. Later, he drove tractor trailers hauling US Mail and then drove gasoline tankers for the Mobile Oil Corporation.
Phil was a self taught computer programmer who enjoyed helping other computer users solve their complex computer related problems. He was the main reason that I got into computers myself and he would amaze me at times with his knowledge and abilities in all areas of computer hardware, software, computer programming, and webpage development.
He was also extremely talented with a wide assortment of hand tools and electronic equipment. At one time, Phil had his own part-time electronic repair business; repairing TVs, VCRs, and other electronic appliances. He was a jack-of-all-trades, but most likely a master of them all. He was able to build or fix anything from woodworking, home repair, electronics, and auto repair. In addition to his talents in computer graphics, Phil was also a consument artist rendering several drawings and oil paintings.
On April 24, 2008, Phil passed away after a long and courageous 6 year battle with lung cancer. He will always be remembered for his keen sense of humor and dedication to his family.
Phil has received several awards for his webpages and many people have continued to visit his sites to access the useful links, stationary, and personal work with graphic art that he has made available to so many over the years. We will conitnue to maintain and keep his pages available, so that people can continue to visit and enjoy his work. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me (his son Joe) at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the guest book link below.
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my buttons or backgrounds, a link back to my
homepage would be appreciated. You can
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Personal Homepage Links.
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