Watsonville—Phil Ferracane, a longtime resident of Watsonville, died Saturday December 22nd 2012 at his home surrounded by family. He was 85.
Phil was born in Chicago January 16th 1927, attending school there thru high school, where he was a star player on the football and baseball teams at Lane Tech High school. Growing up his family was poor so everyone in the household had a job to help out financially; Phil’s job was at the local butcher shop. After graduation he went to work at Jewel food stores as a meat cutter. He relocated to San Francisco in 1955, spending a few years working for Safeway, then Albertsons in Santa Cruz before settling in Watsonville. He married Margaret Pollock in 1958 and worked at Purity stores, Serve U Market, Lamberts Market and later owned and operated Watsonville Meat Lockers. When he retired in 1988 he started helping out at the volunteer bureau, he always was ready to lend a helping hand and often cut and processed meat at St. Francis Catholic school, and always answered the call to secure auction items and door prizes for the schools spring festival. Phil was consistently supportive of events that brought the community together; He served on the city council’s redevelopment agency, personnel commission and the design and review board, volunteered at the Wine and Roses and always adopted a needy family at Christmas.
Phil always had a joke to tell and enjoyed having coffee with his friends at the bowling alley, Danny’s coffee shop, The Red Apple and Cowboy’s corner, an avid chef in his own right he was always quick to offer a recipe or suggestion to make a meal memorable. He was also a gambling man and won several blackjack and poker tournaments in Reno and Tahoe and loved to watch the 49ers, SF Giants and the Sharks. Phil’s passion for his family was enormous; he treasured his loving relationship with his partner, best friend and loving wife Margo. Phil developed a strong family bond with Margo’s brothers and sisters, and loved being part of their lives; he enjoyed playing games with his grandchildren, attending school sporting activities and just being a Grandpa.
Phil is survived by his loving wife Margo, son Dave (Peggy), daughters Karen Major (Willie), and Nancy Ferracane, and 6 Grandchildren: Michael and Amy Ferracane, Chad and Philip Major, Kaylee and Catherine Leal, all of Watsonville. The family would like to thank the following for taking great care of Phil; Dr. Benjamin Potkin, PA Alex Ferber, and the Monterey Bay Cardiac and Vascular center staff, Dr.William Hopkins, Dr. Robert Weber, Watsonville Community Hospital, Nurse Tom Sangurino and Hospice of Santa Cruz Co. A private family only service will be held with Ave Maria Memorial Chapel in charge of those arrangements. At Phil’s request there will be a celebration of his life JANUARY 12th at the Watsonville Elks Lodge beginning at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in memory of Phil to Hospice of Santa Cruz Co.For the complete article see the 12-29-2012 issue.
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