Maurice A. Sailly
Sailly, Maurice A. (April 8, 2018) Age 96. Beloved husband of the late Florence. Loving father to Jacqueline Sailly. He will also be missed by his granddaughter Janine Sailly. Maurice was born in Amiens, France. He was enrolled in the music conservatory at a very young age where he excelled at the trumpet. He was chosen as a member of the captain’s private orchestra during WWII, in the French Navy. He met his beloved wife one evening at a dance in 1943 when his naval vessel docked in Philly to acquire the latest radar equipment. The war then took him to Africa for 4 years. While on the open seas, he was aboard 2 different ships that were sunk in battle. He miraculously survived both, although he was not a swimmer. After the war, an American doctor at the request of his lovesick future wife, sent a letter to France which enabled him to return to the USA. Soon after, Maurice and Florence were married. Maurice became a clarinet instructor in the Philadelphia Public School system, the Settlement Music School, founded in 1908, as well as taught private lessons to his best music students throughout his career. An avid traveler he traveled to the different corners of the world with his wife and daughter, and later his granddaughter as well. Upon becoming a widower, he spent every day at the nearby cemetery bringing flowers to the gravesite where his wife was interred, befriending all the staff in the process. He was witty, outgoing and a charming fellow who loved chocolate, and Red Wine. He will be laid to rest next to his beloved Flo, at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to Maurice’s Celebration of Life Friday 4/13, 11:30am at Craft Funeral Home of Erdenheim, 814 Bethlehem Pike. Friends may visit with his family for 10-11:30am. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions in Maurice’s name may be made to American Veterans, AMVETS.ORG.