Samuel Anthony “Tony” Sanfillipo

May 29, 1956 ‒ November 29, 2020

Galena, Ohio

Samuel Anthony “Tony” Sanfillipo, age 64, of Galena, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, November 29, 2020 following a brief illness.

Born May 29, 1956 in Columbus to Samuel J. and Evelyn I. (Hartsfield) Sanfillipo who survive.  Graduate of Walnut Ridge High School.  A talented chef Tony was well known by the patrons of Julian’s Restaurant and Lounge.  Over the years he chose to work various jobs which showcased his many talents, but he was most well-known for the many connections and relationships he created at each job he worked.

Tony was an avid Cleveland Browns fan, enjoyed all things John Wayne, collecting coins, playing lottery scratch offs and using coupons. He enjoyed scrap metaling and connecting with the many faces around town. He was a wonderful husband, great father, grandfather and devoted friend.

Tony was preceded in death by a son, Samuel J. “Joey” Sanfillipo and brother, Greg Sanfillipo.  In addition to his parents Tony is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Christie K. (Whitley) Sanfillipo, sons, Ben of Columbus, Tony (Erica) of Johnstown, and Dominic of Columbus; sister, Deborah Sanfillipo of New Hampshire; step-children, David (Danielle) Peacock of Lewis Center and Sarah (Sumith) Peacock of New Albany; 3 grandchildren.

Friends may call from 4 PM to 7 PM on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. State Rt. 61, (at SR 3), Sunbury.  Private family only service will be live streamed through the funeral homes Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/SunburySFH beginning at 1:30 pm on Friday, December 4, 2020. Interment at Galena Cemetery.  Pastor Greg Bondurant officiating.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5555 Frantz Road, Dublin, OH 43017 in Tony’s memory.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Sanfillipo family.  Please share a memory or condolence with the family on this website.

  • I’m so very sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. I enjoyed having him as a High Street neighbor and I’m so glad our paths crossed. He was such a nice man. Condolences to you and the family.

  • If you knew Tony you knew this laugh was contagious!! This seem so surreal to me, I have so many memories of him. The stories I could tell and you would only believe if you really knew Tony. I drove by the Morse Dump Station the other day and had to smile only Tony could make playing in trash fun, FYI… not many people know this but Tony is one reason my nickname is “LuLu” My thoughts and prayers with Chris, Ben, Tony and Kathy. Fly high my friend you will be missed

  • I always considered Tony my Brother in law even tho he hadn’t been since the 80’s. He was a good guy who loved his family & friends. His laughter made you smile even on your bad days. & even tho I hadn’t seen him in yrs I know he was still that same guy. It’s so sad how people are leaving us too soon. Fly high Tony. wear those wings with pride….

  • God looked around His garden And found an empty place. He then looked down upon this earth And saw your tired face .He put His arms around you,And lifted you to rest.Gods garden must be beautiful,He always takes the best. He saw the road was getting rough.And the hill s were hard to climb,So He closed your weary eyelids And whispered peace be thine”It broke our hearts to lose you. But you didn’t go alone,for part of us went with you,The day God called you home … Tony we will miss you dearly although we didn’t talk all the time when we did see each other it picked up right where we left off Tony never knew a stranger we was friends over a half a century a long time . We had lots of fun crazy times it was never dull or boring that’s for sure rest easy my dear friend and I’ll see you on the other side say hi to my brother and mom and dad and Greg , and all of our old friends. I’m happy your free from pain and have eternal peace .Love and Prayers tithe Sanfillipo family may our Lord and savior comfort you in the next couple of days.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss seeing him in the Sunbury Kroger Store. When he came in the store he just made my day. He was such a sweet man and I’m glad I got to know him. He will be missed.

  • tony you was more then a friend as we watch are kids grow up together i new you would keep your son and mind safe god bless may you rest in peace prayers for your Mark Geiger

  • I’m so sorry for the loss of Tony. Spent many a night talking to Tony about couponing and all the other adventures he found himself in. I saw a lot of Julian in him. May he rest in peace.

  • I didnt know Tony personally, but he came into kroger, where I work, a lot. He always went out of his way to say hello. He was so sweet and kind. I will miss him so much. My sincere condolences to his loved ones. Rest in peace Tony.

  • I was sad to hear that cancer got him too. My daughter really liked him and the time they spent together. She said he will always be my Uncle Tony even after the divorce. I remember the night Dom was born how sweet he was to all of us. Mat he rest in peace.