Neil Francis Florentine, Sr., age 66, of West Deer Township, passed away on Tuesday, February 20 after a very brief illness, surrounded by his family. He was born June 25, 1951in Harrison Township, to the late Dominic and Dorothy (Bonafede) Florentine. Neil has lived in West Deer all of his life graduating from West Deer High School in 1969. Many came to know Neil from his 50+ years of owning his garage in Curtisville. A lover of cars and racing, Neil raced cars on the dirt track at Lernerville Speedway in his early adult life. Later in life, he often traveled to watch NASCAR and drag races with his buddies. In addition to cars and racing, Neil loved to golf, whether it was his Thursday evening or Sunday morning league, or his annual golf trip with Neil Jr., many of Neil’s happiest times were spent on the golf course. Most of all, Neil loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was a good-natured, easy-going man who was well liked by all. He will be sadly missed by his friends and family.
Neil is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Henrietta (Gizienski) Florentine, of West Deer; two daughters, Jennifer (Ike) Kitchen of Buffalo Township and Jill (Joe) Mitri of McKees Rocks; a son, Neil (Gillian) Florentine Jr. of Pine Township; a sister, Sandy Siebert of Evans City; four brothers, Rick (Judy) Florentine of West Deer, Dominic Florentine of Culmerville, Fran “Goose” (Teri) Florentine of Shelby, NC, and Jeff (Sherry) Florentine of Curtisville; three grandchildren Isaac, Elizabeth, and Giovanna; and countless other family, friends, and loved ones.
Following Neil’s wishes, there will be no viewing or visitation. However, family and friends are invited to a celebration of Neil’s life on Sunday, February 25 from 11AM to 1PM at the West Deer VFD #1, 1520 Saxonburg Boulevard, in Culmerville. Arrangements were entrusted to the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be sent to the Deer Lakes Back Pack Program, c/o Carol McCaskey, 70 East Union Road, Cheswick, PA 15024. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com
Deer Lakes Back Pack Program
C/O Carol McCaskey 70 East Union Road, Cheswick PA 15024