Philip Calundann, 84, of Grant City passed away on August 31, 2021, at Staten Island University Hospital. He was born in Brooklyn on January 17, 1937 to the late Roy B. Calundann, a New York City fireman and the late Edith Calundann. Phil spent part of his boyhood in Brooklyn before his family moved to Staten Island, NY in 1950. After graduation from New Dorp High School, Phil moved to southern Californa, mostly to experience another part of the country. After a year on the West Coast, Phil returned to Staten Island, enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country for two years before his honorable discharge. He then decided to serve his home city by joining the FDNY in 1964, like his father had done many years earlier. After 37 years of service he retired from the FDNY in 2001, just serveral months before the tragedy of 9-11.
He is survived by his wife of thirty years Julia Calundann, son Eric Calundann, step daughter Angel DeRuvo and brother Dr. Gordon Calundann. A second son, Glen, predeceased him.
Philip was a man of simple means. He enjoyed his weekly poker games with fellow retired firemen. Known at the forestation as "Fireman Bush" for his mustache, Phil is remembered as a no-nonsense guy with a dry sense of humor. He was an avid reader and history buff who was also the "Scrabble King", as no one could ever beat him.
As a family man he was "the Rock". He could always be counted on by his children and grandchildren. Phil enjoyed road trips and would think nothing of traveling to Canada as if it were around the corner. He was a devoted husband, who endured life's trials and tribulations with fortitude and grace. Phil will be remembered for his kindness, patience, sense of humor, and generosity. Society has lost a truly good soul.
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