Jan. 15, 1924 – July 12, 2015
Philip A. Corigliano, a Purple Heart recipient and retired agent of the Internal Revenue Service, died Sunday in DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda after a long illness. He was 91.
The Buffalo native attended Fosdick-Masten Park High School and worked at Curtiss-Wright Corp. before entering the Army in 1941. He served as a corporal in a combat infantry division during World War II and fought in the European theater. He was captured by the German Army in 1944 and held as a prisoner of war for nearly a year, until his liberation by U.S. troops in 1945. He was wounded three times during his service, resulting in three Purple Heart awards. He also received a Bronze Star for heroism in ground combat.
After returning home, Mr. Corigliano operated a market at Hazelwood and Delavan avenues with his brothers. He joined the IRS in the late 1950s as a revenue officer and rose to the rank of division chief. He retired in 1986 and soon went to work doing payroll, bank runs and other odd jobs for his three sons, the owners and operators of Frank Brown Auto Service and Towing.
“My father just always liked the action. He wouldn’t let us pay him,” said Fred Corigliano, the eldest son. “He came to us and said, ‘No, I’m just here to help.’ ”
A lifelong resident of Buffalo and the Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda areas, Mr. Corigliano was a member of the Perseverance Club, the Romulus Club and the Toast Masters.
In addition to his son Fred, he also is survived by his wife of 67 years, the former Ann Morganti; two sons, Anthony and Paul; a daughter, Diane Denesha; a brother, Joseph; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:45 a.m. Thursday in St. John the Baptist Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, following prayers at 10 a.m. in the Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.