Passings: Schulich staff member Filomena Petrilli provided sense of community

Filomena Petrilli
Filomena Petrilli

Filomena Petrilli, secretary for the accounting faculty at York University’s Schulich School of Business since 1995, died on Dec. 6 after a long battle with cancer. She was 60.

Filomena Petrilli

“Filomena was a steadying force in the accounting area,” said Cameron Graham, professor of accounting and Accounting Area coordinator at Schulich. “She provided a sense of continuity and community to everyone, through all the changes in faculty and staff over the years. She cared particularly for our doctoral students, for many of whom she was an anchor. She was dedicated and professional. Her warm personality and her laugh will be missed greatly.”

“Filomena touched the heart of everyone who entered the accounting area at Schulich,” said Marcia Annisette, associate professor of accounting and director of Schulich’s Master of Accounting Program. “She matched competence with care, professionalism with personability, and labour with love. She lifted up the spirits of everyone with whom she interacted.”

“She will be deeply missed by everyone, including all of the faculty, staff and former students that she had worked with over the years,” said Dezsö J. Horváth, dean of the Schulich School of Business. “On behalf of the many friends she had within the Schulich community, I offer our deepest sympathies to Filomena’s family, and her friends.”

Petrilliis survived by her husband of 40 years, Altore, daughters Stefanie and Nicole, and her beloved dog Mickie.

Memorial services were held on Dec. 10, and the funeral was held on Dec. 11 at the Chapel of St. Joseph-Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home in Thornhill.

Donations may be made to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation in support of Leukemia Research. Condolences may be left by friends and colleagues at