Philip Avanzato III, 72, of the Sullivan Road, Peru, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at The University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vt., with his family by his side.
He was born in Brooklyn, Jan. 16, 1947, the son of Philip Jr. and Victoria (Sgadaro) Avanzato. He grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island and attended West Babylon High School. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1964 and served proudly until his honorable discharge in 1966.
After the service he worked as a mechanic for UPS, then owned and operated P. A. & Son in Hudson; he then moved back to Plattsburgh and worked for Anchor Motor Freight until he opened his second business, Phil's Auto and Truck Service in Plattsburgh.
He was longtime member of the Civil Air Patrol.
Phil loved being a pilot, woodworking, playing video games with his grandchildren, watching movies, and working on muscle cars.
Left to cherish the memory of Phil are, his loving wife of 25 years, Linda Avanzato, whom he married Jan. 8, 1994, in West Chazy; his mother, Victoria Avanzato; children, Gary Avanzato and his partner, Michael Jennings, Linda Pankhurst, Philip (Carrie) Avanzato IV, Kimberly (Dennis) Mason, and Tonya Labrosse; seven grandchildren, Amanda, Zach, Joshua, Taylor, Cameron, Tiannah, and Alex; siblings, Angela (Joe) Charimont, Josephine (Carmine) Gambardella, and Dominic (Marianne) Avanzato; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his father, he was predeceased by one grandson, Paul Avanzato.
At Philip's request, services will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Donations in his memory may be made to the H.K. Freedman Renal Center in Plattsburgh.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055. To offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture, or share a photo in memory of Philip Avanzato please visit
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