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November 2, 2012

A sea of heartache in Staten Island

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Filipowicz, a 51-year-old former corrections officer, had sent his wife, daughter and another son — John Jr.’s twin — to take refuge with relatives. Somma, the neighbor, described the former Marine as “a survivor” who probably planned to drink a few beers with John Jr., who worked at Burger King, while the hurricane raged outside.

The next day, Somma said, she and her husband saw a 20-foot-wide hole where the concrete foundation had caved into the basement.

Friends had placed flowers on the front steps, along with pictures of a smiling John Jr. with a long arm around his sturdily built father. One friend had signed a message: “R.I.P. Flip. Only the good die young.”

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