Phillip Angelo Tai Lauria (aka Phil Lauria, age 31, beloved son of Phillip A. Lauria and Elaine Tai-Lauria of Wilton, Connecticut; loving fiance' of Kara Symeonides; devoted grandson of Katherine Lauria and the late Angelo Lauria, and the late Hubert and Margaret Tai; a cherished nephew, cousin and friend to many. On May 30th, 2018 Phil passed peacefully in the embrace of his parents and fiance' after a 7-month battle with neuroendocrine cancer. Phil was born in San Francisco and raised in Wilton, Connecticut. In Wilton, he attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School. then Fairfield College Preparatory School. His love of Jesuit education brought him to Chicago in 2005 where he attended Loyola University Chicago graduating in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in Communications. As an undergraduate, he interned and participated in a work study program with WPP GroupM Companies. He was offered a full-time position with GroupM Mindshare upon graduation. Phil joined Clearstream.TV now known as EMX after spending 7 years at Mindshare specializing in digital media. He loved his EMX work family as he always referred to them. Phil was a seasoned world traveler, loved foods and cooking, had a gifted eye, hands and ear for art and music. He loved his profession, business colleagues, clients and the City of Chicago. Phil was a mentor and inspiration to many. Most of all, Phil loved being together with his family for any excuse, that made him most filled with happiness. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place in Wilton, CT on June 16th at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 229 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897; the family will receive visitors from 9am to 11am. Interment will be private. The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers donations be made to several organizations: Phillip Lauria Scholarship Fund Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School (https//www.olfwilton.org/) 229 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897. or Wilton Library Association Cornerstone Endowment Fund (In memory of Phillip Lauria) 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT 06897 or CLOSER TO FREE RIDE- YALE NEW HAVEN HEALTH SMILOW CANCER CENTER (online donations). Indicate in memory of Phil Lauria "The Closer to Free Ride" is produced by the Yale New Haven Hospital Office of Development and is primary fundraising and awareness event for Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven. American Cancer Society in Memory of Phil Lauria. A memorial service will be held in Chicago this summer at a date to be announced. Arrangements are being handled by John E. Maloney Funeral Home, Chicago, IL (773)764-1617 and Magner Funeral Home, Norwalk, CT (203)866-5553.
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