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Commander Philip Arcuni

November 8, 1935 ~ June 28, 2021 (age 85)

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Be Strong and Courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9 

My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgement and discretion -Proverbs 3:21

Commander Philip Arcuni, of Greenwich, Connecticut, born on November 7, 1935, to the late Gladys Weiss Arcuni and the late Philip Arcuni Jr, passed away on June 28, 2021 at age 85 in Durham, North Carolina due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Phil graduated from Greenwich High School in 1953, where he was a scholar athlete, and the US Naval Academy in 1957.  Soon after graduation, on June 22, 1957, he married Lois Emelia Arcuni, his high school sweetheart. Phil and Lois spent many happy years together on their tandem bicycle and on boats named “Tandem.”

Commander Arcuni was a career naval officer, navy pilot, and electrical engineer,  stationed in several air stations across the US: Jacksonville, Florida; Corpus Christi, Texas, where son Philip Wayne was born; San Diego, California, where daughter Cheryl Dianne was born; Monterey, California, where he earned his master’s degree in engineering; Norfolk, Virginia; Key West Florida, his and Lois’s paradise; Warminster, Pennsylvania; and Crystal City, Virginia. Phil was dedicated to his family and always sought stations and assignments which were the best for, and where he could be most involved with, his family.  

Phil was always busy while putting his intellect, physical energy, and practical “know-how” to use.  He could fix and take care of anything mechanical, or in the home, and was able to settle into an early retirement after military service in his beloved Key West.  In Key West, you could find Phil, never one to be idle, working in the engine room of his boat, working on the house and yard, and even learning how to build his own computers.  Additionally, he did countless hours of volunteer work with the Power Squadron, holding local and national offices.  Phil and Lois both loved to boat, snorkel, fish, and raise cats.  

Phil is preceded in death by his wife Lois Emilia Arcuni and son, Philip Wayne Arcuni. He is survived by his brother Albert, his daughter Cheryl Arcuni Wicker and her spouse Kent; daughter in-law Carin Pacifico, grandchildren Cara, Philip, Jared, Alix, and great grandchildren Orion and Atlas Sweo Arcuni. 

The family is grateful for the thoughtful care and support of the kind people at August Estates care home.  A memorial service, with a scattering of ashes at sea, will be held at a later date. In lieu of gifts, we ask for donations to organizations dedicated to ocean preservation or Alzheimer’s research.     


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