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Statement From Sons Of Italy® On Passing Of Doug Flutie’s Parents

WASHINGTON D.C., November 19, 2015

The Sons of Italy Foundation®, the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), and our hundreds of thousands of family members throughout the United States mourn the tragic passing yesterday of the parents of former NFL star quarterback Doug Flutie. As partners with the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, the Sons of Italy Foundation/OSIA have worked closely and collaboratively with Doug for a number of years in a joint campaign to alleviate the severe effects of this illness and to ultimately find its cure. We know Doug to be a conscientious, giving and loving parent, husband and son. Our deepest prayers and condolences are with him and the entire Flutie family at this very sad time.

Philip R. Piccigallo, Ph.D.
Sons of Italy Foundation/OSIA


Established in 1905, the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) has hundreds of thousands of family members located in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. OSIA works at the community, national and international levels to promote the heritage and culture of an estimated 26 million Italian Americans, the nation's fifth largest ethnic group, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. To learn more, visit