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08-23-2012, 08:49
Thaddeus Sanfilippo, a veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division, the 77th SFG, and the 12th SFG (USAR), and loving husband to Maggie, his wife of over 50 years, passed away unexpectedly last night as a result of suspected complications from recent open heart surgery.

Further details will be added as they become avaialble.

Blue skies, gentle breezes, and soft landings forever, my friend. :(

The pics are:

Ted as a CPL (?) in the 82nd Airborne Division
Ted and Maggie
Ted as a SSG in the 77th Special Forces Group

Added 28 Aug:

Thaddeus Safilippo
The Picayune Item, 25 Aug 2012

CARRIERE — Visitation for Thaddeus “Ted” Frank Sanfilippo, 75, of Carriere, Miss., who passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2012 will be held Sunday, August 26, 2012 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at McDonald Funeral Home.

Services are under the direction of McDonald Funeral Home.

A native of Chicago, Ill., he was a retired VP of Sales and a member of the United States Special Forces Association. Ted was proud of his service to his country and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Joseph and Mary Zakovic Sanfilippo.

Survivors include: his wife of 53 years, Magdalene “Maggie” Marie Sanfilippo; three sons, Michael Joseph Sanfilippo, Anthony and wife Kate Sanfilippo, and Robert Scott Sanfilippo; one daughter, Christine and husband Jim O’Berry; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


08-23-2012, 08:55
:( Sad news, indeed. You will be missed Big Teddy. Thank you for your service to our nation, and for your contributions to this forum.

Prayers out to your family.

08-23-2012, 08:59

Condolences to Maggie.

I only started to get to know him. I know he will be missed.

08-23-2012, 08:59
Big Teddy

You will be missed by many. You lead a long and full life and touched many.

My Prayers are out to Maggy and all who knew and loved Big Teddy.

You will be missed by all.

Rest in Peace..................

08-23-2012, 09:04
RIP Teddy

You will be missed.

08-23-2012, 09:06
So sorry to hear this. RIP Brother!

08-23-2012, 09:07
Big Teddy,

You will be missed. Since you were just on here posting yesterday:

"If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster" - Isaac Asimov


08-23-2012, 09:08
Rest In Peace and thank you for paving the way.

08-23-2012, 09:11
Sad news, indeed.

BT's humor, wit, wisdom and experience will be missed by many.

Rest in Peace.

08-23-2012, 09:15
You'll be missed Teddy. My condonlences to his family.

Rest in Peace

08-23-2012, 09:15
RIP Brother. Condolences to friends and family. Today is a sad day.

08-23-2012, 09:16
Prayers out to the family

This one hit close to home.

Team Sergeant
08-23-2012, 09:25
Blue skies Big Teddy. You'll be missed around here.

08-23-2012, 09:25
Rest in Peace Big Teddy. You posted this for so many that I felt compelled to post it for you.

Gone,but not forgotten.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn_iz8z2AGw - Cached

God Bless,Rest in Peace Warrior.....

He was just a simple soldier and his ranks are growing thin
But his presence should remind us; we may need his like again,
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.......

Perhaps just a simple headline in the paper that might say:

The passing of our soldiers often go unnoticed and unsung by most of the world, remembered only by family and friends. Wish it were not so. May he RIP, his family will be in my thoughts and prayers.........

I realize it's a Canadian song,however I believe most appropriate for this occasion.........


08-23-2012, 09:36
RIP Big Teddy. It was an honor to get to know you.

08-23-2012, 09:42
Rest in Peace warrior. You will be missed.

08-23-2012, 09:52
Damn. RIP QP Big Teddy. It was nice to get to know you here on PS.com, thank you for letting me be a part of your community. Prayers out to Mrs. QP and your family.

08-23-2012, 09:52
Big Teddy was my friend.
I am less today in his absence. I am more for having known him.
I will miss you, Teddy.

Don't run off the drop zone, I'll catch up one of these days and i'm buyin'!
I'm sure the "gone before" PS brothers are waiting at the turn in point.
What fun that will be!

08-23-2012, 09:54
Rest in Peace, Teddy! Condolences to Maggie and the family. :(


08-23-2012, 10:05

08-23-2012, 10:07
I will miss your post.

My heartfelt gratitude to you and your family for your service to our beloved country. May those you leave behind, find comfort during the difficult days ahead. How lucky this world has been for the life of "Big Teddy".

~Never forgotten, Ever honored~

08-23-2012, 10:14
This is very sad.
Hamba Khale Madala.

08-23-2012, 10:14
Rest in Peace Big Teddy. Your family is in my prayers.

08-23-2012, 10:37
Blue Skies Big Teddy, thank you for your friendship and service.

08-23-2012, 10:42
Rest in Peace, Big Teddy.:(

08-23-2012, 10:48
Rest in Peace my brother.

08-23-2012, 10:49
Rest in Peace, Big Teddy. May your wife, family, and friends draw comfort from their memories of you.

08-23-2012, 10:52
Rest in Peace Teddy. see you on the DZ in Heaven.

08-23-2012, 10:53
Rest in peace Big Teddy.

08-23-2012, 10:54
Big Teddy,

You fought the good fight brother. Your presence on the board will be missed, but you always remain with us.

Rest in Peace.

Prayers for family....


08-23-2012, 11:17
Rest in Peace, Big Teddy. Your wife and family will be in our prayers.

08-23-2012, 11:22
Farewell Big Teddy, you've taken the next step in your journey.

Our Brothers await you on the Big DZ in the sky.

Condolences to the family and Brothers that served with him.

Blue Skies.

08-23-2012, 11:35
Rest in Peace Soldier.

08-23-2012, 11:41
Rest in Peace, Big Teddy.

08-23-2012, 11:49
Rest in Peace Big Teddy :(

08-23-2012, 12:07
Our sympathies especially to Maggie and to all who called him friend.

God speed BT!

08-23-2012, 12:15
Rest in Peace Big Teddy - you will be missed.

08-23-2012, 12:30
RIP Big Teddy. You died a warrior. Condolences and prayers to your family and loved ones.

08-23-2012, 12:36
Our most sincere and profound condolences to the family and RIP Big Teddy.

08-23-2012, 12:50
RIP Teddy :(

08-23-2012, 13:19
Rest In Peace, Big Teddy... my Brother.

I will miss him greatly, and PS.com will never be quite the same without him. I deeply regret that I never got to visit with him in person.

I don't know what else to say. Words fail me.

08-23-2012, 13:20
Blue skies Big Teddy condolences to your family

08-23-2012, 13:51
RIP Big Teddy.

08-23-2012, 13:53
Whether humor or outrage, it was in plain-text on your sleeve.
You are missed.
RIP and prayers for all touched by your passing.

08-23-2012, 13:53
Rest Easy.


08-23-2012, 13:54
Damn !!! :(
And I was so optimistic for his recovery.

Valhalla has a new warrior sitting at the table today. I'm sure the place will never be the same ... as should be expected.

Thoughts and Prayers to Maggie and their family.

Blue Skies and Fair Winds to a fellow Chicagoan.

Rest Easy Big Teddy .... We Have The Watch.


full cooler
08-23-2012, 14:06
Rest in peace Big Teddy.

08-23-2012, 14:56
Rest in peace Teddy,, you are already missed my friend...

08-23-2012, 14:58
Rest easy Big Teddy

Thank you for the laughs and the wisdom.

Sincerest condolences to your loved ones.

08-23-2012, 15:12
I can't believe you're gone.

After reading all of your posts here I wish I could have gotten to know you in person. Perhaps you're in a better place now.

Goodbye Teddy, you will be missed.

08-23-2012, 15:44
RIP Big Teddy.

08-23-2012, 15:44
Rest in God's peace, Big Teddy.

08-23-2012, 16:09
Rest In Peace Teddy. Condolences and prayers to the family.

08-23-2012, 16:13
Rest in Peace you have earned it.

08-23-2012, 18:11
OMG Sad news!!!! You will be missed Big Teddy.

Thank you for your service to our nation and your contributions to this forum.

Prayers out to Maggie, friends and family.

08-23-2012, 18:18
Sad! The world was a better place because you were in it.

Rest in Peace, Warrior! You earned it.

My sincerest condolences to his family and friends and all those that were part of his family here.

The Reaper
08-23-2012, 18:28

I thought that you were going to be GTG for another 100,000 miles with the surgery.

RIP, hermano.

Thank you for your service.

Prayers out for you and Maggie.

Tell Colonel Moroney we miss him too.


08-23-2012, 18:29
Rest well, warrior. Your wisdom and kindness will be missed.

08-23-2012, 18:30
Dang it. Prayers out. RIP

08-23-2012, 19:10
Rest in Peace, Big Teddy. Thank you for your lifetime of service and sacrifice. You will ALWAYS be missed and NEVER forgotten. While I never had the priviledge of meeting you, I was honored to get to know you. You are with some amazing warriors now. Give my son a hug for me and tell him I will see him soon.

molon labe

08-23-2012, 19:16
So sorry to hear, prayers out to family and friends. I will miss hearing from Big Teddy, he so often spoke from the heart.

08-23-2012, 19:31
Rest In Peace, Big Teddy.

08-23-2012, 20:06
Rest in peace, brother. Vaya con Dios.

08-23-2012, 20:18
Rest In Peace, Sir. Thank you for your service, courage and example to the end. You donated to a brother's defense fund a few days ago, even as a quadruple bypass patient who had concerns of his own.

I'm sure you are irreplaceable to Maggie, and I pray for her and your family to stay strong as they mourn your loss and celebrate your life well lived.

08-23-2012, 20:43
I have no idea what Big Teddy looked like, how old he was, but I felt he was a great guy and a steadfast SF soldier. I had an image in my minds eye.
I will really miss seeing his posts and comments.

Remington Raidr
08-23-2012, 21:20
I saw the thread but I thought you just have the wrong doctor. I had no idea it was this dire. You were a BIG contributor this this forum. You will be missed. As the The Reaper has said, say hello to COL Moroney, we miss his input as much as your own. Rest easy.

08-23-2012, 21:30
Blue skies, fair winds, and soft landings. Rest in peace Big Teddy; prayers for Maggie. Say hello to the guys at the AA.

08-23-2012, 21:49
RIP Big Teddy.

08-23-2012, 22:06
What sad news. I never met Big Teddy, but after only 2 years on this site I felt as though I knew him like my next door neighbor and had a mental picture of what he looked like.

Rest in Peace, Big T.

My prayers are for Maggie and the family during this time of sorrow. That they will be comforted knowing that you served your country well, and that you were a friend to all of us here.

08-24-2012, 05:09
RIP Big Teddy. Condonlences out to his wife and family.

08-24-2012, 05:46
RIP Big Teddy and Prayers for your Wife, Family and Friends. Thank You for letting us in many journeys of your life. You will be missed.

08-24-2012, 06:09
Rest in Peace Brother.

My prayers go out to your friends and loved ones, especially Maggie.

See you in the Assembly Area.

08-24-2012, 06:35
Rest in peace, QP Big Teddy.

Thank you for your years of service to this great country. You demonstrated the courage and positive mentality that is possessed by only few, your small band of brothers, even to your last day on this earth.

Your family will be in my prayers.

08-24-2012, 06:45
Rest in Peace, Big Teddy. Prayers out to your family.

08-24-2012, 07:39
RIP Big Teddy, prayers out to family and friends.

08-24-2012, 08:03
I feel like someone just punched me in the gut. This is very sad news. Big Teddy will be missed by many. I will miss his wit, humor and perspective, plus all his stories from what it was like back in his time regarding SF. Prayers out to Maggie and the rest of his friends, family and Brotherhood.

Blue skies and soft landings, Big Teddy.

08-24-2012, 09:20
Thanks for the pics....what a great looking couple. Big Teddy was lookin 'strac'.
Condolences to Maggie.

08-24-2012, 09:24
RIP QP Big Teddy

Thank you for your service, I enjoyed following your posts and learning from your shared experiences. Rest easy.


08-24-2012, 09:24
God Speed. I hope Maggie is comforted knowing all the people's lives you have touched. In that respect you will continue to live on, a little bit in all of us.

08-24-2012, 11:21
Rest in peace. Thank you for your service and for your contribution to this community.

08-24-2012, 12:06
RIP QP Big Teddy.

In the short time I have known you here on PS.com, I know now what many have lost, online and offline. You will be sorely missed around here and everywhere. I truly believed that you would outlast us all, but I guess the Power that be upstairs had different plans. Rest easy, you have earned it and thank you for your service. Condolences to his wife, family and friends.


08-24-2012, 12:51
Rest in peace, Big Teddy. Thank you for your service. I will miss talking hockey with you. Prayer out for the family, especially Maggie. :(

08-24-2012, 13:38
Rest in God's peace warrior.

tom kelly
08-24-2012, 13:57
Big Teddy, I already miss seeing your post, Prayers out for you and Maggie and your family and friends. Tom Kelly

MTN Medic
08-24-2012, 16:41
Thanks for the lessons learned Teddy, we'll miss you around here.

08-24-2012, 17:17
Damn it.

I am so incredibly sad. Teddy I will never forget you. This place will never be the same without you.

My condolences to Maggie and your family and friends. :(

08-24-2012, 18:23
Rest well Brother.

You've earned it.

08-24-2012, 19:52
You gave it a good fight. RIP Big Teddy.

08-24-2012, 20:13
RIP Big Teddy.

Ambush Master
08-24-2012, 20:20
Don't Rest in Peace Brother!!!!

Get your Ass to the Rally Point just off of the Final DZ and Link Up with ALL of our Brothers that were the Pathfinders who set it up!! There's Bob Howard, Jack Maroney, Fred Zabatoski and many more!!

Enjoy Brother, I'll be looking for'ya with the rest, after my arrival, as soon as I gather up my Chute!!

Thoughts and Prayers out to all!! We will miss Him here, but now have another to look forward to seeing again.


08-24-2012, 22:01
RIP Teddy!


God Speed to his family!

Team Sergeant
08-24-2012, 22:14
I sent his son the URL to this thread and he sent me an email with the following:

Thank you so much for pointing this out. It's simply amazing to see the kindness and thoughtfulness shown by so many of the forum members for my dad. He was a great man, and it's overwhelming to see that he touched so many people that we weren't even aware of.

If folks would like to make a donation my mom suggests the American Heart Association

08-24-2012, 22:17

08-24-2012, 23:18
I am honored to have him view, let alone comment on my inconsequential posts. I will miss his presence. Heaven gets stronger.

Mr Furious
08-25-2012, 08:37
RIP brother. Your presence will be greatly missed around here, but never forgotten.

08-25-2012, 11:05
Big Teddy, thank you for your selfless service and for sharing your wisdom with this board.

Rest in Peace, Soldier.

08-25-2012, 14:12
Thanks for the info TS.

08-25-2012, 17:17
I could not believe it the first time that I read about this. I thought that he had gotten through the worst.

Rest in peace, Teddy! You will not be forgotten. Condolences to his family.

"Was man tief in seinem Herzen besitzt, kann man nicht durch den Tod verlieren!"

08-26-2012, 00:37
Rip Big Ted. Prayers out for family and friends.

08-26-2012, 04:54
Damn, not good news..

RIP Big Teddy, prayers and condolences to his family and friends..

Sorry for your loss Maggie..

08-26-2012, 06:00
RIP Big Teddy, you will be missed by all here.

My prayers and condolences are with your family.

08-26-2012, 07:27
RIP and infinite appreciation for your service and sacrifice

08-26-2012, 10:07
RIP Sir,I always enjoyed reading your posts.

Red Flag 1
08-26-2012, 17:49
Rest In God's Peace my friend. My thoughts and prayers are out for Maggie, and the family. So very sad to learn of this.

RF 1

08-26-2012, 20:25

See you on the other side.

08-26-2012, 21:26
Big Teddy,
You will be missed. Thank you for your service and thank you for sharing stories and wisdom.
May you rest in peace. Prayers out to your family and all who love you Big Teddy.


08-27-2012, 08:48
Rest in Peace Big Teddy, your presence here will be missed dearly. God bless you and hold you in the palms of His hands. Comfort Maggie and all those that were honored to know you. Blue Skys

08-27-2012, 09:42
Thank you for your service. It is men like "Big Teddy" that allow the rest of us to enjoy our lives free from the fears of oppression. Free from worries about who or what is knocking on our door.

I really wish I could have known him better. I know he would have taught me and taught me very well.

08-27-2012, 10:30
I'm going to miss your enthusiasm a great deal, Big Teddy. I enjoyed what few conversations we got to have. I wish you only the best, on your journey.

It has been an honor and a pleasure, Sir.

08-27-2012, 12:06

you will be missed

Prayers to family and friends

08-27-2012, 12:12
RIP Warrior...

08-27-2012, 12:29
Oh, such sad news. Big Teddy, you were a big man in many ways. You'll be missed. Prayers out to all those who are missing you.


08-27-2012, 16:14
Having not been able to visit the site for awhile I was saddened to hear the news of Big Teddy. Amazing how you can become attached to someone without having met in person.

In our pm's about VA bills and such he was always concerned about his wife as well as many of his posts- truly a decent man. You could see his passion for the boards, his brotherhood, his faith and most importantly to him his family.
Condolences to his entire family and especially Maggie~ may his memory serve as a cherished reminder of much that is good in this world.

RIP Big Teddy- you will be missed and remembered.

Goggles Pizano
08-28-2012, 08:42
In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti amen.
In pace requiescat Thaddeus Sanfilippo. Dominus Vobiscum.
My sincere condolences to your family Teddy. Godspeed on your journey!

08-29-2012, 08:51
Rest in Peace Big Teddy, condolences to Maggie and all the family.

It was a great day when you put your Special Forces Association Avitar back on these forums.

Your guidance and advice will be greatly missed... God Speed.


08-29-2012, 14:42
Despite his frustration and anxiety about going forward he bravely made the decision to proceed with surgery despite the known and unknown risks.
I will assume he died like he must have lived......soldier strong, proud and damn glad to have enjoyed the day.

Olav hashalom...may he rest in peace

Utah Bob
08-30-2012, 12:29
Aww Hell!:(
Third one I've lost this week.
Rest in Peace Brother.

08-31-2012, 22:30
Rest in Peace Sir. Thank you for kindness, for your service to our nation, and your devotion to your brothers. I will miss you.

Old Dog New Trick
09-03-2012, 16:07
Gone, but not forgotten.

Rest in Peace Warrior.
Always liked reading your posts, you will be missed. :(
Condolences to those left behind.

Blitzzz (RIP)
09-04-2012, 08:45
"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal."
I thought this quote applies well to "Big Teddy", as many here will remember much of him.

09-13-2012, 14:38
It is hard to believe that someone who I only knew through this site in his posts and some kind PMs could have affected me this deeply. You will be missed Big Teddy. Rest In Peace.

09-13-2012, 22:26
It is hard to believe that someone who I only knew through this site in his posts and some kind PMs could have affected me this deeply. You will be missed Big Teddy. Rest In Peace.

Your words echo my sentiments exactly...Rest In Peace, brother.

09-13-2012, 23:35
Rest In Peace, Sir. :(

10-09-2012, 17:59
Jayson here and I just found out about this loss.

Clear skies to you Big Teddy. I never knew you, but will miss the contributions you made to PS - especially in the Comedy Zone.

All the best to your family.


10-21-2012, 18:07
Rest In Peace Big Teddy.

11-08-2012, 09:22
I've been off for a few months and just now saw the sad news. Rest in Peace Big Teddy, we'll all miss you! Prayers out to his family and friends.

12-03-2012, 21:30
I also just got back on for the first time in a while and saw the RIP by his name. Big Teddy, you were a man and a hero. Thank you for the trail you blazed.