February 01, 2024

Philip M Susa

Mt. Arlington, NJ – Mr. Philip Michael Susa, aged 84, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2024, at the Chatham Hills Care Center in Chatham. Phil was born in Sharon, PA, to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Susa and was one of 5 children. He moved to New Jersey in 1966, where he built a life filled with love and accomplishment, while residing in Roxbury for over 50 years. 

Phil proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam Era, a testament to his steadfast commitment to his country. His journey of lifelong learning led him to earn an MBA in Personnel Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1973. Phil was a pioneer of his time, exploring the concepts of mindfulness and the benefits of a 4-day workweek long before they became mainstream. 

His career as a Personnel Director was marked by significant achievements, beginning with the International Paper Company and leading to roles with Boonton Electronics, Dranetz, SKC, and Right Management. Known for his work ethic, integrity, and leadership, Phil was held in high esteem by colleagues and friends, universally respected without a single detractor. 

An accomplished tennis player in his youth, Phil later turned his passion to golf, celebrating a coveted ‘hole in one’. His hobbies showcased his quiet kindness, modesty, and an understated persistence. His love for food and gatherings is a testament to his ability to find joy in life’s small moments. Phil’s quiet sense of humor was as delightful as it was witty, often catching those around him by surprise with his clever observations. 

Survived by his wife of 59 years, Suzanne Susa, and their three children; Tony, Dave, and Jeannie, Phil’s legacy lives on. Affectionately known as Poppy to his 8 grandchildren; Mason, Josh, Kayden, Trey, David, Lily, Kyle, and Samantha, who brought immense joy and pride into his life. He is also survived by his siblings, Mary Beth, Paula, and Bonnie. His guidance, wit, and wisdom will be profoundly missed. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Knights of Columbus or the charity of your choice. As we bid farewell, we also celebrate the life of a man who touched many hearts. May we aspire to embody the kindness, humility, and dedication Phil exemplified every day. 

The Funeral Liturgy will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton R.C. Church in Flanders at 10:30 am, on February 12th.  Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com),

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