Philip S. Rastellini

December 24, 2021

Philip S. Rastellini

Philip S. Rastellini – of Woburn, December 24th, at the age of sixty-six.  Beloved son of the late Peter J. (Sr.) and Edith (Benullo) Rastellini.  Devoted brother of Gerald Rastellini and his wife Cheryle of AZ, Thomas Rastellini of Peabody, Linda Smith and her husband Craig of ME, James Rastellini and his wife Ellen of Woburn, Diane Dumas and her husband Gary of NH and the late Peter J. Rastellini, Jr.  Dear nephew of Rita Benullo of Boston.  Also lovingly survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and wonderful friends.  A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, December 30th at 11 a.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours from 10-11 a.m. prior to the Funeral Service.  Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Please, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to honor Philip at: Brain Injury Association of MA, 30 Lyman Street, Suite 10, Westborough, MA 01581 or The Community Family Dutton Center, 1117 Main Street, Wakefield, MA 01880

 

Philip S. Rastellini – a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away suddenly at the Tufts Medical Center, Christmas Eve, December 24th, at the age of sixty-six.  Philip was the beloved son of the late Peter J. and Edith (Benullo) Rastellini Sr.

Born at the Choate Hospital in Woburn, Philip was the youngest of seven children – four brothers and two sisters.  He was baptized Catholic in his hometown parish church, St Charles Borromeo.  Phil lived the typical life of a young boy in Woburn.  A good student, he attended local elementary and Jr. high schools.  He played organized little league baseball and Pop Warner football despite his small stature..  He cultivated friendships with neighborhood kids that lasted a lifetime.

Philip graduated from Woburn High School, Class of 1973.  He was a very good student, served as Treasurer of his senior class and enjoyed participating in various sports at the high school level.  After high school, Philip pursued his higher education starting with Northern Essex Community College, followed then by The University of Lowell where in 1978 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  It did not take him very long after graduation to find  a good job in his chosen field.  His lifetime goals were in his sights.

A young man now and for recreation, he continued playing softball and tennis.  This was the ‘Disco’ era and Phil was really into that scene.  He loved to dance so he spent a lot of time on area dance floors with friends, an acolyte of the ‘Saturday Night Fever’ crowd. He looked the part as well, and was having a blast with it.    

In September of 1980, Philip was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident that changed his life forever. He suffered a traumatic brain injury along with physical injuries that left him significantly impaired.  After several years that included surgeries and extensive rehabilitation Phil managed to climb back to health.  Though still diminished, he achieved recovery through personal hard work.  He possessed an amazing inner strength to persevere.

There were also countless other people along the way that helped Phil stay healthy over the years including his Mother, his large extended family, his friends, many medical professionals – doctors, nurses, therapists and other healthcare workers.  He received immense care and support from the staff of day care programs like Mentor, Chariot House, and the Dutton Center.  Generous medical and healthcare benefits were also provided Philip by Medicare, MassHealth and the Statewide Head Injury Program of MA. Our family’s thanks goes out to all.

For many years Phil has managed to live a comfortable, happy and enjoyable life.  Despite it all he always kept an upbeat, positive attitude and his warm personality.  Folks liked to be around him, he could talk to anyone, and he did.  He was jovial and laughed easily.  He loved his pro sports (Patriots, Red Sox and Bruins).  He loved to go to a party particularly if there was dancing! In his earlier years he even liked to bowl.

Phil was an avid reader.  He challenged anyone and everyone to play him in a game of Scrabble or Uno. He enjoyed doing his artwork, going out to a new movie, taking a car ride to anywhere. A raucous conversation around any table drinking tea with family and friends… Phil was there always enjoying the companionship and activity.

Philip remained committed to his religion to the very end.  It was rare not to catch him saying his prayers just before falling off to sleep at bedtime.

Over the past couple years Philip’s life was not always easy.  Recently his health took a turn for the worst and he passed away on us suddenly.  We are stunned.  We will all miss him, his smile, his laugh… Memories of Phil will remain in our hearts always. 

A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, December 30th at 11 a.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours from 10-11 a.m. prior to the Funeral Service.  Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Please, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to honor Philip at: Brain Injury Association of MA, 30 Lyman Street, Suite 10, Westborough, MA 01581 or The Community Family Dutton Center, 1117 Main Street, Wakefield, MA 01880

 

 

A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, December 30th at 11 a.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours from 10-11 a.m. prior to the Funeral Service.  Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Please, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to honor Philip at: Brain Injury Association of MA, 30 Lyman Street, Suite 10, Westborough, MA 01581 or The Community Family Dutton Center, 1117 Main Street, Wakefield, MA 01880

 

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  1. Richard Kestler

    Dear Jim and Ellen,
    It’s with a heavy heart that I offer to you my deepest condolences. I found out about Phil today while volunteering at the Dutton Center. I’m so sorry. I was really fond of Phil.
    We met on my first day at the Dutton Center and became fast friends. We had a lot of laughs in our small gallery groups. I could always count on Phil to add his two cents, when things got a little bit quiet in the larger groups too.
    I was happy to see Phil return to the Dutton Center after so many of us had been away for so long.
    Not everyone is fortunate to be cared for by loving and devoted family members, Phil was.
    Richard, volunteer.

  2. So sorry to hear about Phil’s passing. He and I ran against each other for class president in the 6th grade! He won of course. He was one of the good guys. My sincere condolences to his family and those who loved him.

  3. Tommy and family so sorry to hear about Philip. He was so blessed to have
    a loving and caring family throughout his lifetime. Very popular and well-respected young man as I remember, I am sure he is so happy to be with your Mom. I am sad that I was unable to attend the services as I was out of state. Know my thoughts are with you all
    Dianne Connor Carbone

  4. I was lucky to meet Phil way back playing Pop Warner football. He was a great classmate, popular with everyone in the Class of 73. He was just the nicest guy. My condolences to you all.

  5. Lisa Benullo Steinle

    Dear Tommy, Gerry, Linda, Diane, James and Ellen, I am so sad to hear about Philip. He was always a sweet man. He was lucky to have you! I think of him whenever I hear the song ”Memories”.
    With Love
    Lisa Benullo-Steinle

  6. Tom & family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie Culhane

  7. Diane (Brosnan) Metcalf

    Our thoughts & prayers to the Rastellini family, Philip was a precious young man, he will certainly be so missed. The Brosnan Twins.

  8. Many wonderful, fun memories of our time together with our group. Condolences and love to your family

  9. Ellen and Jim:. Please accept my sincerest sympathies on the padding of your brother. He is at peace and, I believe, in a better place. Memories will never leave you and will comfort you when you least expect it. I’m here if you need anything.

  10. Suzy Sullivan, Mark Pelletier

    Jim and Ellen, Philip was blessed to have you as a loving brother and sister-in-law. Your steadfast, unselfish, and undivided devotion to him all these many years is far and beyond extraordinary. Phil’s sudden passing will leave a large hole in your hearts, but may your deep love, endless kindness, and unswerving loyalty to enable him to live his life to the fullest give you much peace and serenity.

    Remembering Phil, your devoted Mom, and you both with our deep respect and love,

    Suzy and Mark

  11. Jim & Ellen & family, our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our prayers are with you all in this difficult time. May you hold on the the happy memories. Sincerely, Pam Horne & Geoff Williams

  12. RIP my best friend I will miss your kindness l have the best memories of growing up together with the gang, and Rastellini and Benullo families
    Condolences to all

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