Richard (Dick) F.Phillips, 82, of Clinton, died Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at his residence, with his loving family by his side. Richard was born in Utica in August, 1925 a son of the late Glenn and Edna Durr Phillips. He received his education in Utica and was united in marriage to Sally Barnes on April 23, 1947 at Historic Old St. John's Church. A former resident of Utica, Richard had been a consultant for Halstead International Tile Co. for 60 years. He was a WWII Navy Veteran from 1942-1946 serving on the USS Bennington. Richard had been a Scout Master in Utica, Troop 74, a member of UCT, #244 of Utica and served as Senior Counselor and served as Grand Counselor with the State of New York. He was a member of the American Legion #1376 New Hartford. His Hobbies included fishing, bowling and golfing. Surviving are his beloved wife, Sally of Clinton; daughter, Darlene A. Boehlert of Chadwicks; son, Richard P. Phillips of Oneida; 4 grandchildren, Darlene Topor and her husband, Michael of Chadwicks, J.R. Boehlert and his wife, Deanna of Sauquoit, Heather Bearman and her husband, Eric of Apex, NC and Glenn Phillips of Cazinovia, Niece, Susan Skelton, nephews, William Jones and his wife, Marie and Michael Jones, six great-nieces; five great-nephews; nine great-great-nieces and eleven great-great nephews; two cousins, Sandra Afinowich and her husband, Peter and Linda Battaglia and their children. Richard is predeceased by one son-in-law, Staff Sgt. Gerald Boehlert, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Annamary Jones, nieces, sister, Josetta Jones, OSF and Eleanor and John Calidonna, nephew, Daryl Skelton, two great-nephews, Matthew and David Jones and an aunt and uncle Steward and Agnes Durr. Funeral services for Richard will commence on Saturday at 9 a.m. from Surridge & Roberts Funeral Homes, 470 French Rd., Utica and 10 a.m. from Historic Old St. John's Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Whitesboro with Military Honors. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 5-8 p.m. The family would like to thank Hospice and Palliative Care for their gentleness shown to Richard and his family, especially Dawn, his Caregiver.
You don''t know me but I know and grew up with the Boehlert''s--I would like to say how sorry Iam for your loss
Posted by: Barbara Duff | Monday, June 23, 2008
To The Phillips Family............
On behalf of the entire USS Bennington Association, please accept our condolences on the loss of your loved one and our shipmate.
Please know that our thoughts & prayers are with you at this most difficult time and that as long as Richard''s memory remains in just one of us, he''ll be remembered always.
In August of 2008, at Town Hall Square in Bennington, VT (where the Ship''s Bell is located) we hold a brief memorial wreath laying ceremony. At this ceremony, all those who have passed during the year are remembered. The Bennington Ships Bell will toll in his memory as his name is read.
With My Deepest Sympathy
Joseph L. Pires
USS Bennington Historian
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Posted by: Joseph L. Pires | Thursday, April 17, 2008
Aunt Dar, Dar, and JR.
I am so sorry to hear of you father/grandfathers death. Dick was the all around nice guy that anyone could take to. I remember all the parties I use to see him at and it was always a good time. He will be missed greatly by myself and everyone else who knew him.
Posted by: David Mankad | Thursday, April 10, 2008
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