Florenz Guasperini Jul 17, 1938 - Sep 12, 2019
Florenz “Gus” Guasperini, owner of Phil and Jim’s Delicatessen, age 81, passed away suddenly on September 12, 2019. Born in Chester on July 17, 1938 to Firenze and Ethel (née Kasarsky), Gus attended Chester public schools and graduated from Chester high school in 1956. In 1959 he married his beautiful bride Lucille “Toots” Sargent. Gus and Toots raised their children in Chester until their move to Aston in 1970 where he resided until his death. Gus had many jobs in his early employment career including Westinghouse and Scott Paper but his greatest job and accomplishment was the purchase of Phil and Jim’s in Parkside in 1969 with his best friend, Tony Tancredi. They were a fantastic, successful partnership, but sadly, Tony passed away in 1973 from complications of Hodgkin’s disease. As sole owner, Gus continued to grow his business and become one of the most popular hoagie shops in Delaware County. Gus sold Phil and Jim’s in November 2018, but during his 50 years, Gus was the face of Phil and Jim’s. He forged so many friendships and was known by so many that even when traveling he would run into someone from Delaware County whom he knew from the shop. As time went by, and Gus had the opportunity to enjoy more leisure time, he joined Edgemont Country Club where he met even more special friends to spend his time with. When Gus wasn’t golfing, he enjoyed dining at many local restaurants, traveling with Toots and their friends, Sunday morning trips to the casino, where he says he would make his “deposit”, and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also enjoyed Philadelphia sports, especially the Phillies, and was a long time season ticket holder. Gus will always be remembered as a gentleman with the kindest and most generous heart. He was loving, giving and always thought of others.
Gus was the husband of the late Lucille Guasperini (nee Sargent), son to the late Firenze and Ethel (née Kasarsky) Guasperini, brother of the late Marina McClure and father-in-law to the late Helen Guasperini.
SURVIVORS: He will be deeply missed by his children: Tony and Dina (Patrick) Hewes; granddaughters: Marissa and Lauren; and great grandchildren: David, Lily, Mikey, Bella, Presley, Milani, Cameron, Logan, and Jayla. His “kitty” Eli, and his bird Daisy will miss being spoiled by him as well as his 4 legged grandson Luca.
Gus will also be missed by his sister-in-law Lori and her husband John Wilwert, his many cousins, nieces, and nephews and a multitude of near and dear long time friends who will always refer to him lovingly as Chi Chi.
VISITATION: Thursday September 19, 2019 from 6:00-9:00 pm and Friday September 20, 2019 from 10:00-11:15 am at Nolan-Fidale Funeral Home, 5980 Chichester Avenue Aston, PA 19014.
FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday September 20, 2019 at 11:30 am at Nolan-Fidale Funeral Home.
BURIAL: Mount Hope Cemetery, Aston, PA.
Nolan-Fidale Funeral Home
Begins: Sep 20, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm5980 Chichester Ave
Aston, PA 19014
Mount Hope Cemetery
Sep 20, 2019 12:30pm - 12:45pm4020 Concord Rd
Aston, PA 19014
Lisa Denisar-Ward says:Submitted on: Sep 20, 2019
Dina, I am so sorry to hear. My deepest condolences to you and your family.
Jannis Swerman says:Submitted on: Sep 19, 2019
Gus took care of the Swerman family (Jack and Esther and kids) for 50 years. Our mother Esther showed him how to pack the hoagies for traveling so she could take them to Munich for my sister Bonnie. He generously trained my brother Marshall on the grill and slicer and the many tricks of the trade so he could make the steaks and hoagies just like Phil and Jim's at his hoagie shop Cozy's on Martha's Vineyard. And for me? He let us have the store for my wedding rehearsal on November 22, 2003 for our friends and family and everyone still talks about it. Gus Fedexed his sandwiches to us in California and didn't complain when I asked him to make dozens for 3 high school reunions. Our family loved him as did so many other families. He will be missed so very much and Phil and Jim's will never be the same without him. Jannis Swerman Rubinstein
Robert Ieradi says:Submitted on: Sep 19, 2019
No words can express the sadness I feel for the loss of my good friend. From childhood to today, I've always cherished his friendship. Rest in peace, my friend.
Gene Barr says:Submitted on: Sep 18, 2019
The loss of a great guy. He could not have been more generous to those of us who worked for him
Rose (DiOrio) Watson says:Submitted on: Sep 18, 2019
Chi Chi, everbody's "Forever Friend" was a kind, thoughtful and dear friend. We will all miss him. My condolences to his family.