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o_Fillippini082814 FILLIPPINI, Wilbur L. "Bill" In the early morning hours of August 21st, 2014 the angels came with their wings of light and carried one of the sweetest ones home. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, Wilbur "Poppy", joined his beloved wife, Elsie, in heaven to watch over those of us who are left to rejoice in their memories. Bill was born at the St. Francis Hospital in Santa Barbara on November 13, 1921. He attended and graduated from Hope Elementary School, La Cumbre Jr. High School and Santa Barbara High School. On May 15th, 1943 Bill married his high school sweetheart, Elsie Dietrich. Eight weeks after their marriage, Bill shipped out to the New Hebrides Islands to support our troops in WWII repairing aircraft implementing his skills as a premium rated Aviation Metal Smith, USN. After 2 years in the Navy he returned to Santa Barbara and Elsie to start his family. Bill is survived by his two daughters, Sharon Chandler of Santa Barbara, Linda Crist of Solvang and son-in-law Larry Chandler. In addition, Bill had four grandchildren, Dave, Kelly, Dan and Kari and 8 great grandchildren. Bill was preceded on this new journey by his wife, Elsie, after 68 years of marriage, brother, Robert Fillippini and son-in-law, Harry Crist. Bill was a hero and inspiration to many. He was a man of courage, strength, integrity, dignity, compassion and wisdom. With those assets, it was deemed that he would hold the following positions of leadership; VP, California Labor Federation AFL-CIO; President Sheet Metal Workers' Local Union No. 273; Financial Secretary of Santa Barbara Building Trades Center Corp; Chairman, Standing Committee on Legislation for CA, AZ and NV, AFL-CIO; Chairman, Standing Committee on Legislation, CA Labor Federation, AFL-CIO; Administrator, National Training Fund for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Industry. With all this responsibility, Bill found the desire and strength to serve those that were members of his community. Some of the Civic Affiliations included; President, Board of Trustees, Santa Barbara City College; Member and Foreman of the Santa Barbara County Grand Jury; Governor's Commission on Manpower, Automation and Technology; Board of Directors, YMCA (honored for distinguished service); Member, President's Missile Sites Labor Relations, Vandenberg Air Force Base; VP, Santa Barbara County Joint Labor Commission, State of California; Health Planning Association, Santa Barbara County and Southern CA; Chairman, Santa Barbara City Harbor Commission; Vice Chairman, Santa Barbara County Community Action Committee; United Nations Association of USA; Citizen's Advisory Committee on Aging. In addition, Bill was a member of Santa Barbara International Rotary Club, Channel City Club, Goleta Am Vets and BPOE (Elks) No 613. On January 1, 1989 Bill retired to Santa Barbara County, where he and Elsie built a beautiful home in Solvang. The next 25 years were spent enjoying all that life has to offer along with their family and friends. To honor this wonderful man the family is planning a mass on Saturday, September 13th, 10:00 am, at the Santa Inez Mission in Solvang, CA. All are welcome to celebrate with us. We will always love, remember and never forget our precious "Poppy".