Philip L. Cicero

July 9, 1950 - June 24, 2012
Philip L. Cicero July 9, 1950 - June 24, 2012

    Philip Leonard Cicero, a weekend and summer Noyac resident who had retired from teaching math at William Bryant High School in Queens in 2010, died on June 24. His family said the cause was congestive heart failure. He would have been 62 on July 9.
    Mr. Cicero taught at William Bryant for 28 years, having begun there in 1982 after receiving dual master’s degrees in math and education from Adelphi University. His family said Mr. Cicero’s ability with math was highly respected by colleagues. He was the coach of the school’s math team and prepared students for the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, which later became the Intel Science Talent Search Competition. In 1987, two of his students were selected as semifinalists.
    He was known for staying at the school late into the evening on many nights, helping students achieve personal goals. He also organized and ran the school’s chess club. He tutored many Sag Harbor-area students, as well.
    Mr. Cicero loved Sag Harbor and Noyac and spent as much time as he could at his family’s house on Crescent Street. No day was complete for him, they said, unless he had taken a late-afternoon swim or waded the length of Long Beach, where he learned to swim as a boy during summer vacations spent in Noyac from 1955. In earlier years, before severe arthritis of the knees limited his movement, Mr. Cicero liked to row in the Upper Cove and walk in the woods in winter.
    He was born on July 9, 1950, in New York City to Philip J. Cicero and the former Roseanna Moffett. Both parents died before him. His childhood years were spent in East Meadow, which is in Nassau County. His family moved to their Noyac house, which they had had built in 1966, year round in 1972.
    Mr. Cicero was accepted into Chaminade High School in Mineola in 1967, where he was a member of the wrestling and cross-country teams. He also played flute in the school band. He graduated with honors in 1971, with scholarships to Cooper Union, among other colleges, and decided on Pratt University in Brooklyn.
    Mr. Cicero graduated with top honors and a degree in math from Pratt and began his career as a math teacher in the New York public schools.
    He continued with the flute as an adult, playing in the house band at the Post House, a restaurant in Southampton, at one time. He was also a proficient guitarist, his family said.
    He is survived by a sister, Kathleen Hinz of Noyac, a brother, Anthony Cicero of Elmhurst, and a niece and nephew. Mr. Cicero was buried at the St. Andrew’s Catholic Church cemetery in Noyac last Thursday.