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Richard
08-23-2012, 09:49
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.

http://picayuneitem.com/obituaries/x1971508311/Thaddeus-Safilippo/print

PedOncoDoc
08-23-2012, 09:55
:( 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.

MR2
08-23-2012, 09:59
Damn.

Condolences to Maggie.

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

SF_BHT
08-23-2012, 09:59
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..................

Pete
08-23-2012, 10:04
RIP Teddy

You will be missed.

alelks
08-23-2012, 10:06
So sorry to hear this. RIP Brother!

sinjefe
08-23-2012, 10:07
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

RIP

Joker
08-23-2012, 10:08
Brother,
Rest In Peace and thank you for paving the way.
DOL

tonyz
08-23-2012, 10:11
Sad news, indeed.

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

Rest in Peace.

Kyobanim
08-23-2012, 10:15
You'll be missed Teddy. My condonlences to his family.

Rest in Peace

RB
08-23-2012, 10:15
RIP Brother. Condolences to friends and family. Today is a sad day.

Dusty
08-23-2012, 10:16
Prayers out to the family

This one hit close to home.

Team Sergeant
08-23-2012, 10:25
Blue skies Big Teddy. You'll be missed around here.

ChuckG
08-23-2012, 10:25
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:
OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING, FOR A SOLDIER DIED TODAY. (author unknown)

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.........

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrkgV5bl7kQ

rubberneck
08-23-2012, 10:36
RIP Big Teddy. It was an honor to get to know you.

Paragrouper
08-23-2012, 10:42
Rest in Peace warrior. You will be missed.

Sarski
08-23-2012, 10:52
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.

Dozer523
08-23-2012, 10:52
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!

PSM
08-23-2012, 10:54
Rest in Peace, Teddy! Condolences to Maggie and the family. :(

Pat

BKKMAN
08-23-2012, 11:05
RIP BT

Stargazer
08-23-2012, 11:07
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~

Guymullins
08-23-2012, 11:14
This is very sad.
Hamba Khale Madala.

BigWave
08-23-2012, 11:14
Rest in Peace Big Teddy. Your family is in my prayers.

Penn
08-23-2012, 11:37
Blue Skies Big Teddy, thank you for your friendship and service.

abc_123
08-23-2012, 11:42
Rest in Peace, Big Teddy.:(

1stindoor
08-23-2012, 11:48
Rest in Peace my brother.

Sigaba
08-23-2012, 11:49
Rest in Peace, Big Teddy. May your wife, family, and friends draw comfort from their memories of you.

bkleonards
08-23-2012, 11:52
Rest in Peace Teddy. see you on the DZ in Heaven.

cedsall
08-23-2012, 11:53
Rest in peace Big Teddy.

Ret10Echo
08-23-2012, 11:54
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....


R10

booker
08-23-2012, 12:17
Rest in Peace, Big Teddy. Your wife and family will be in our prayers.

Stras
08-23-2012, 12:22
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.

2018commo
08-23-2012, 12:35
Rest in Peace Soldier.

Sten
08-23-2012, 12:41
Rest in Peace, Big Teddy.

BryanK
08-23-2012, 12:49
Rest in Peace Big Teddy :(

have_gun
08-23-2012, 13:07
Our sympathies especially to Maggie and to all who called him friend.

God speed BT!

koz
08-23-2012, 13:15
Rest in Peace Big Teddy - you will be missed.

Cynic
08-23-2012, 13:30
RIP Big Teddy. You died a warrior. Condolences and prayers to your family and loved ones.

busa
08-23-2012, 13:36
Our most sincere and profound condolences to the family and RIP Big Teddy.

Ghost_Team
08-23-2012, 13:50
RIP Teddy :(

ZonieDiver
08-23-2012, 14:19
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.

Oldrotorhead
08-23-2012, 14:20
Blue skies Big Teddy condolences to your family

Susa
08-23-2012, 14:51
RIP Big Teddy.

Badger52
08-23-2012, 14:53
Whether humor or outrage, it was in plain-text on your sleeve.
You are missed.
RIP and prayers for all touched by your passing.

Debo
08-23-2012, 14:53
Rest Easy.



D.

Sdiver
08-23-2012, 14:54
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, 15:06
Rest in peace Big Teddy.

JJ_BPK
08-23-2012, 15:56
Rest in peace Teddy,, you are already missed my friend...

fng13
08-23-2012, 15:58
Rest easy Big Teddy

Thank you for the laughs and the wisdom.

Sincerest condolences to your loved ones.

mojaveman
08-23-2012, 16:12
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.

jbour13
08-23-2012, 16:44
RIP Big Teddy.

GratefulCitizen
08-23-2012, 16:44
Rest in God's peace, Big Teddy.

JMART5
08-23-2012, 17:09
Rest In Peace Teddy. Condolences and prayers to the family.

cbtengr
08-23-2012, 17:13
Rest in Peace you have earned it.

MtnGoat
08-23-2012, 19:11
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.

Agoge2
08-23-2012, 19:18
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, 19:28
Damn.

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.

TR

kingfish
08-23-2012, 19:29
Rest well, warrior. Your wisdom and kindness will be missed.

adal
08-23-2012, 19:30
Dang it. Prayers out. RIP

Tatonka316
08-23-2012, 20:10
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

PR31C
08-23-2012, 20:16
So sorry to hear, prayers out to family and friends. I will miss hearing from Big Teddy, he so often spoke from the heart.

TOMAHAWK9521
08-23-2012, 20:31
Rest In Peace, Big Teddy.

SF-TX
08-23-2012, 21:06
Rest in peace, brother. Vaya con Dios.

orion5
08-23-2012, 21:18
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.

PRB
08-23-2012, 21:43
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.
RIP BT.

Remington Raidr
08-23-2012, 22:20
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.

Peregrino
08-23-2012, 22:30
Blue skies, fair winds, and soft landings. Rest in peace Big Teddy; prayers for Maggie. Say hello to the guys at the AA.

John_Chrichton
08-23-2012, 22:49
RIP Big Teddy.

cetheridge
08-23-2012, 23:06
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.

casey
08-24-2012, 06:09
RIP Big Teddy. Condonlences out to his wife and family.

mcmac61
08-24-2012, 06:46
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.

Surgicalcric
08-24-2012, 07:09
Rest in Peace Brother.

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

See you in the Assembly Area.

Hand
08-24-2012, 07:35
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.

bandycpa
08-24-2012, 07:45
Rest in Peace, Big Teddy. Prayers out to your family.

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

DIYPatriot
08-24-2012, 09:03
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.

PRB
08-24-2012, 10:20
Thanks for the pics....what a great looking couple. Big Teddy was lookin 'strac'.
Condolences to Maggie.

Tweeder11
08-24-2012, 10:24
RIP QP Big Teddy

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

Humbly,
Tweeder

afchic
08-24-2012, 10:24
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.

Airbornelawyer
08-24-2012, 12:21
Rest in peace. Thank you for your service and for your contribution to this community.

BOfH
08-24-2012, 13:06
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.

v/r
BOfH

TrapLine
08-24-2012, 13:51
Rest in peace, Big Teddy. Thank you for your service. I will miss talking hockey with you. Prayer out for the family, especially Maggie. :(

preacher
08-24-2012, 14:38
Rest in God's peace warrior.

tom kelly
08-24-2012, 14:57
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, 17:41
Thanks for the lessons learned Teddy, we'll miss you around here.

Gypsy
08-24-2012, 18:17
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. :(

Eagle5US
08-24-2012, 19:23
Rest well Brother.

You've earned it.

Paslode
08-24-2012, 20:52
You gave it a good fight. RIP Big Teddy.

SFOC0173
08-24-2012, 21:13
RIP Big Teddy.

Ambush Master
08-24-2012, 21:20
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.

Later
Martin

SF18C
08-24-2012, 23:01
RIP Teddy!

!

God Speed to his family!

Team Sergeant
08-24-2012, 23:14
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

Sonic03svtCobra
08-24-2012, 23:17
RIP

twistedsquid
08-25-2012, 00:18
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, 09:37
RIP brother. Your presence will be greatly missed around here, but never forgotten.

kawaishi
08-25-2012, 12:05
Big Teddy, thank you for your selfless service and for sharing your wisdom with this board.

Rest in Peace, Soldier.

Gypsy
08-25-2012, 15:12
Thanks for the info TS.

Tress
08-25-2012, 18:17
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!"

glenne
08-26-2012, 01:37
Rip Big Ted. Prayers out for family and friends.

glebo
08-26-2012, 05:54
Damn, not good news..

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

Sorry for your loss Maggie..

brokenvan
08-26-2012, 07:00
RIP Big Teddy, you will be missed by all here.

My prayers and condolences are with your family.

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

grigori
08-26-2012, 11:07
RIP Sir,I always enjoyed reading your posts.

Red Flag 1
08-26-2012, 18:49
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
j

Mills
08-26-2012, 21:25
RIP

See you on the other side.

Stingray
08-26-2012, 22:26
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.

Sincerely,

Enigma0122
08-27-2012, 09:48
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

Cake_14N
08-27-2012, 10:42
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.

Barbarian
08-27-2012, 11:30
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.

Jgood
08-27-2012, 13:06
RIP

you will be missed

Prayers to family and friends

B36reconman
08-27-2012, 13:12
RIP Warrior...

Requiem
08-27-2012, 13:29
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.

Susan

Saturation
08-27-2012, 17:14
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, 09:42
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!

gundog
08-29-2012, 09:51
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.

Jim

swatsurgeon
08-29-2012, 15:42
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, 13:29
Aww Hell!:(
Third one I've lost this week.
Rest in Peace Brother.

akv
08-31-2012, 23:30
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, 17:07
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, 09:45
"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.
RIP.

98G
09-13-2012, 15:38
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.

DinDinA-2
09-13-2012, 23:26
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.

T-Rock
09-14-2012, 00:35
Rest In Peace, Sir. :(

Longstreet
10-09-2012, 18:59
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.


jaYson

XJWoody
10-21-2012, 19:07
Rest In Peace Big Teddy.

cjwils3
11-08-2012, 10:22
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.

Defend
12-03-2012, 22:30
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.

-out