Philip F. Cato
Beloved husband of Connie (Griffin) Cato, passed away peacefully at 1:59 p.m. on November 2 at his home in Venice, Florida surrounded by family.
Philip was born and raised in New Albany, Indiana. He was a graduate of New Albany High School (1955) and Kemper Military School (1957), a U.S. Army Veteran (1958-1960) and a member of Georgetown Christian Church. He was a successful entrepreneur with a commanding presence in the community. His insatiable drive allowed him to start, own and operate Quality Paving Co. (1962-1981) and The Clark-Floyd Landfill Corp. in (1970-2002). He retired to their paradise in Marco Island, Florida in 2003 and later moved to be closer to family in Venice, Florida. He loved the Lord, his family, his friends, and his life. Philip was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his loving wife Connie (Griffin) Cato of Lexington, Indiana and their three children; Benny Cato and his wife, Karen of Lanesville, Indiana, Eddie Cato and his wife, Julie of Lanesville, Indiana, and Paige (Cato) Pierce and her husband Doug of Venice, Florida. Together they have 11 grandchildren, Katelyn (Josh) Kidd, Drew (Nicole) Cato, Caroline Cato, Jon Cato, Danielle (Josh) Woods, Samantha Cato, Doug Pierce Jr., Austin Pierce, Jacob Pierce, Alexus Pierce, and Maxwell Pierce, and one great-granddaughter, Aniston Kidd. He also had four children by his first marriage, Jim Cato of Clarksville, Indiana, Greg (Janie, deceased) Cato of Henryville, Indiana, Heather (Jimmy) Leister of Navarre, Florida, and Chris (Jennifer) Cato of Jeffersonville, Indiana and seven grandchildren, Josh Cato, Brandan Cato, Micha Leister, Cali Bostic, Rebekah Cato, Levi Cato, and Makenna Cato and many great-grandchildren.
Philip was preceded in death by his parents, Gayle (GS) and Mina (Loney) Cato. A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, November 10, Farley Funeral Home, 265 Nokomis Ave. South, Venice, Florida. Rev. Michael P. Todd of Church of the Holy Spirit will be officiating. To share a memory or leave a special condolence please visit
Published on November 6, 2019


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Donna Farnsley Stinson
Nov 09, 2019
My uncle worked the Cato farm in Milltown, IN. In 1958 Phil stopped by our house in Galena so I could watch him and my uncle dig a lake. He was a very nice person, and his family also. RIP Phil.