Philip T. Okolowicz



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Philip T. Okolowicz


Friday, September 22, 2023, at age 75.  Philip is predeceased by his parents, Edward and Stella Okolowicz; brothers-in-law, Dan Flaherty, Raymond and Phyllis Ogden.  He is survived by his devoted wife, Jan Okolowicz of 50 years; loving children, Shannon (Frank) DiStefano, Chad ( Amy) Okolowicz; his grandchildren who knew him as Gaga; Philip and Raegan DiStefano, Mackenzie and Lea Okolowicz; sisters, Patricia (John) Horn and Pamela (Stephen) Foglia; sisters-in-law, Sue Flaherty and Gail (Beau) Baregard; nieces and nephews, Michael (Lynn) Horn, Johnette (Dave) Mongelli, Jennifer (Riccardo) Mastrosimone, Jason (Jessica) Horn, Lisa (Rob) Sposato, Lanette Foglia, Craig (Kristina) Foglia, Ronald Ogden, Randall (Maryann) Ogden, Cheryl (Matt) Sottolano; several great-nieces, great nephews; cousins; loving family and dear friends.

Philp was a proud veteran of the United States Navy.  He retired as a supervisor from Eastman Kodak Co. after 34 years and worked as a Dispatcher for the town of Greece for 13 years.  He was known to be the greatest husband to his wife, a great dad to his kids who nicknamed him “Fred”, Gaga to his pride and joy of grandkids.  Philip had the best sense of humor, he loved to travel with his family, enjoyed boating, golfing, playing cards and watching the 49ers.  He took great pride in his family and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

The family would like to thank the staff of Strong Hospital Cancer Center for all the love, support and care given to Philip and the family.

Philip’s visitation will be held Wednesday, September 27th 4 PM – 7 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson 1075 Long Pond Road.  His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, September 28th 11:00 AM at St. Mark’s Church 54 Kuhn Road.  Private Interment.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the University of Rochester for Multiple Myeloma Research 601 Elmwood Avenue Rochester NY 14642 in his memory.  For more information and to sign his online guestbook, visit


  1. Don and Jean Baker on September 25, 2023 at 11:35 am

    Phil you will be missed by all who love and those who knew you. Our sympathy goes out to you Jan and your family.

  2. Darlene Colombini on September 25, 2023 at 4:53 pm

    Dear Aunt Jan, Shannon, Frank, Chad, Amy and family Your husband, father & Gaga will always be remembered as a kind and wonderful person that adored his family first. He had a wonderful sense of humor also. We enjoyed family gathering with him. With fond memories, Darlene Colombini

  3. Josie Waverly & Bob on September 25, 2023 at 5:44 pm

    Jan and all. So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts, hearts and prayers. Love & hugs to all of you.

  4. Ken & Pam Okolowicz on September 26, 2023 at 6:27 pm

    Jan & Family, We wanted to write to extend our condolences on the passing of our cousin Philip. He was a good man and will be missed. We now live in Delaware and will not be able to attend the service but we will be thinking about all of you. Ken & Pam Okolowicz.

  5. Tony Molinelli on September 26, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    I worked with Phil at Eastman Kodak B 105 for many years. Phil was a good supervisor and a good man and will be missed.

  6. Jeff myers (Doug Myers' youngest) on September 26, 2023 at 8:25 pm

    From the youngest of the Rusty Relic softball team scorekeepers, we are so sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. My sincere condolences to Jan, Shannon and Chad, and the rest of the family. He was a lot of fun to be around.

  7. Todd Allen on September 27, 2023 at 6:07 am

    I had the pleasure of working with and for Phil at Kodak. Always kind, I learned a great deal from him. His love for the 49ers was legendary. Now he has the best seat to watch them. Farewell Phil. You were a good friend and better man.

  8. Gary Pyles on September 27, 2023 at 10:19 am

    I worked for Phil at Kodak for a few years. He was always fair and never a harsh a word. Great supervisor as well a person. My condolences to his family. God Bless.

  9. Ken and Peggy Palmer on September 27, 2023 at 10:49 am

    Sorry for your loss. I Worked with Phil years ago at Eastman Kodak. He was always a jokester along with his buddy Vince Kaiser. He was a great guy! I am sure your family will miss him terribly.

  10. Doug Myers on September 27, 2023 at 10:58 am

    Maggie and I are so sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. Truly one of the “good guys. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jan and the rest of the family. R. I. P. Phil!

  11. Madeline Vito on September 27, 2023 at 11:07 am

    Jan & Family – so sorry to hear about Phil’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.

  12. Jerry Santangelo on September 27, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    I always enjoyed working with Phil at the Greece DPW. He was a real asset to our organization. Professional, and a great personality. Sorry for your loss.

  13. Bill Kaiser on September 27, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    Knew Phil well; had many good times with him at our clambakes on Emjay Lane.

  14. Margaret Dugan on September 29, 2023 at 8:47 am

    Jan, I am sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family Margaret Covney Dugan

  15. Joan Brandenburg on October 1, 2023 at 7:22 pm

    The Veterans Outreach Center extends our deepest sympathy in Philip’s passing. We acknowledge and are truly grateful for his service to our country.

  16. Frederick Knauf on February 2, 2024 at 9:58 am

    I had a number of dealings with Phil at Eastman Kodak Co over the years. He was a super-star in my young engineer eyes…always willing to stop and provide information, tours, etc. to better the business. Back then we did much more international shipping of film rolls than we do today. He was honest and cared deeply for the company and his people. Though I last met him in 1997, I have remembered our interactions and his name to this very day. Rest in peace Phil, and prayers to the family and friends.

  17. Daniel Bovee on February 6, 2024 at 7:47 pm

    Just learned of Phil’s passing today. He was my supervisor at Kodak for for about 4 years. Of the many supervisors that I had at Kodak, I consider him as the best of all of them. He was always kind and fair, and, unlike most Kodak supervisors, he took the time to learn things that he was not afraid to admit that he did not know. I thank the Lord that I was privileged to have had him as my supervisor at Kodak. He will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to his family and his many friends.

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