Philip Leonard Cicero, a resident of the Sag Harbor, died of heart failure on June 24, 2012. Born in New York City on July, 9 1950, Mr. Cicero was the eldest of three children of Roseanna and Philip Cicero. He is survived by his sister, Kathleen Hinz and his brother Anthony Cicero. He is also survived by his beloved niece and nephew, Emily and Michael Hinz, and his brother-in law, Mark Hinz, all of Sag Harbor.
Mr. Cicero spent his childhood and teenage years in East Meadow, Nassau County, before his family moved to Sag Harbor in 1972. As a child, he learned to swim at Long Beach on summer vacations. Mr. Cicero was accepted into Chaminade High School in 1967 where he was a member of the wrestling and cross country teams and played flute in the school band. He graduated with top honors in 1971 winning scholarships to Cooper Union as well as other colleges but chose to go to Pratt Institute of Technology in Brooklyn. He was a proficient flutist and guitarist, and during the early ‘70s, played flute in a band at the Post House in Southampton.
He graduated with top honors with a degree in mathematics from Pratt Institute, and became a mathematics teacher in the New York City Public School system. He received a masters in mathematics and a masters in education from Adelphi University. In 1982, he became a member of the faculty at William Cullen Bryant High School, Queens, and New York. He retired in 2010.
For many years at William Cullen Bryant High School, Mr. Cicero coached the math team and prepared students to compete in the prestigious Westinghouse Science Talent Search, now known as the Intel Science Search Competition. In 1987, two of his students were semifinalists. Mr. Cicero also taught mathematical research courses to Bryant’s top mathematics students. He also organized and ran the chess club at William Cullen Bryant High School and was known to stay very late on most nights helping students achieve their various goals.
Mr. Cicero loved Sag Harbor and spent summers and weekends at his family’s home in Noyac and, according to his family, no day in the summer was complete for him unless he was swimming or wading the length of the Long Beach in the late afternoon hours. The family said that in earlier years, before severe arthritis of the knees limited his movement, Mr. Cicero liked to row in the upper cove and loved to walk the local woods in the winter. He also tutored many local Sag Harbor students on weekends and in the summer.
Mr. Cicero was interred at St. Andrews Cemetery, in Noyac on Thursday, June 28, 2012.