Born May 20, 1922 in South Plainfield, N.J., he was the son of the late Frank and Eva (Labno) Phillips and a graduate of the Newark College of Engineering and Northeastern University. He served in the Philippines during World War II as an instructor in the 14th Anti-Aircraft Division, earning several honors including the US Army Commendation Medal.
Mr. Phillips enjoyed a variety of interests, including mineral collecting, astronomy, metal detecting, panning for gold, chess, ballroom dancing, and amateur radio. Ever the optimistic treasure-hunter, he regaled his children and grandchildren with tales of pirates and buried gold. He was an electrical engineer and for many years developed power transmission and missile guidance technologies. He held a number of patents.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Ann (Kling) Phillips, and his children Janie and her husband James Schwab, Mark and his wife Sherry, Teresa and her husband Charles Katuska, Stephen and his wife Laurie, Robert and his wife Kathleen, Paul and his wife Joan, Christopher and his wife Diane, Michael and his wife Elizabeth Dougherty, and Anne Marie and her husband Charles Heinle. He also leaves many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were always in his thoughts. His youngest son, Andrew, predeceased him in 2003.
A Mass will be celebrated Monday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m., at the Church of St. Anne, 20 Boston Rd., Southborough. Interment will be private. Friends will be received Sunday, Nov. 6, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Southborough Community House, 28 Main St., Southborough.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Friends of Nickerson Park, PO Box 964, Brewster, MA 02631.
The Phillips family would like to invite friends and family to a gather at Steve and Laurie's home in Southborough Sunday, Nov. 6, from 2 to 5 p.m. If you need directions, call the Morris Funeral Home of Southborough at 1-508-485-4111.