Philip B. Pasquale, of Bedford, MA, formerly of Watertown, MA and Lewiston, Maine, passed away on March 1, 2018. One of three triplets was born November 29, 1925. They were the first set of triplets born
in the state of Maine.
From the day the triplets were born in Lewiston, Maine, they were inseparable, swimming,
skating, walking to school together. Anthony built a soapbox for Philip which they named
“Comet”. They entered it in the derby that year and Philip won 1st place. The Pasquale children
made up “The Fireside Quartet”. Gloria composing music, playing the piano, Anthony on the
guitar, Alma singing and Philip playing the accordion. They played in theaters throughout Maine
and had a 15 minute radio show twice a week on WCOU in Lewiston. They performed at the
Blaine House for the governor and at the State Museum. “The Fire Quartet” won 1st place in the
“All State Stage Contest” in Brunswick, ME in 1941. They went to New York City to audition for
the Major Bowes Amateur Hour radio show and made it through the 1st audition.
After the triplets graduated from Lewiston High School the family moved to Montford Street in
Boston. The country was at war and their father had the boys join the Navy in 1943 at the age of
17. This would be the first time the triplets would be apart from one another. Philip went to radio
school and finished first in his class. Philip was soon stationed on the USS Auburn as a
Radioman 2nd class, which was a floating command center in the Pacific. Philip fought at the
Battle of Iwo Jima in Japan and the Battle of Okinawa. The family would soon understand the
price that Philip had paid. He began fighting his battle within himself. From this day forward his
brother, Anthony, would be Philip’s guide and protector.
After the war ended, Philip would travel throughout the United States. Living on the streets or
cars or sleeping on the ground looking at the stars. Philip settled in Watertown, MA and called it
his home for 40 years. He attended St. Patrick’s church everyday.
When Philip’s health declined in his later years he moved to the Veterans Home in Bedford, MA
for over 10 years. We are very grateful for the care he received there.
The last time the triplets were together was on their 90th birthday. They were the oldest living
triplets living in the United States.
Last Thursday, March 1st, it was a beautiful sunny day, in the 60’s, Philip passed away. Philip
you are finally at peace.
Philip was predeceased by his parents Anthony & Annie (Ayotte) Pasquale, sisters, Gloria
Seabrook and his triplet sister Alma P. Locke. He is survived by his triplet brother Anthony
Pasquale of Burlington, MA. Nephews John Seabrook & Richard Locke, nieces Elizabeth
Bontly, Judith McBrayer, Kathy Schmigle, Katie Brunault and Elaine Druggan.
A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at St. Patrick's Parish, 212 Main Street, Watertown, Mass. at 11AM. Relatives and friends kindly invited to attend. Interment will be in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, 217 Switzerland Road, Lewiston, Maine on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 11AM.