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Updated: 08/07/2014 08:00:02AM

Philip Joseph Cerniglia

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Philip Joseph Cerniglia, 74, passed away at his home on Thursday, July 31, 2014, after courageously battling cancer for many years. Phil was born in Ozone Park, NY, to Joseph and Mae (Telesewski) Cerniglia.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Emily (Piccolo) Cerniglia and two sons, David and wife Susan (McNichol) Cerniglia and Craig and wife Elizabeth (O’Neal) Cerniglia of Bradenton and her son Ryan. He leaves four grandchildren Joseph, Alannah, Kristen and Morgan and great-granddaughter Mila.

Phil was always a lover of horses, sharing stories of how he rode Secretariat with all who would listen. He was not only a jockey but later trained thoroughbred race horses all over the northeast winning many races. In 1978 he moved to Charlotte County, Fl with his family to work in the construction field.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Memorial Funeral Service will be celebrated on Friday, August 8, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 21505 August Ave. & Easy St. Inurnment will follow in St. Charles Church Memorial Garden.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to TideWell Hospice of Southwest Fla.

Please visit the online tribute for Philip Joseph Cerniglia at to sign the guest book and offer condolences to the family.

Arrangements by Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Port Charlotte Chapel.

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