I will never forget you and the times we spent together. Prayers to Phils kids and grandkids. What a awesome guy he was.
Phil's generosity, thoughtfulness, and willingness to donate so much of his time in helping others made him a very special man indeed! I'm sure the doors of heaven were wide open for Phil when he arrived.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time of losing such a wonderful person and I give them a BIG THANK YOU for sharing such a big part of Phil's life with the rest of us.
Generous, Funny, Proud, Strong, Protector..
My dad was all of these things. I could stand here today and tell you stories and wonderful memories of my life with my dad, but I choose to keep those moments for myself. Instead I would like to just take a moment to thank him. Thank him for the man he was and the life lessons he has given to me.
My dad and I had only a short 37 years to share in this life, but what he showed me will carry me through the remaining years of my life.
My dad was the most generous person I have even known. I believe he was put here to help others. He did this job very well. There is nothing that my dad would not do for a loved one, or even sometimes a complete stranger. If you needed something and he caught wind of it, he would do everything in his power to see that you got it. Whether it be cash to get you by, or fixing your car, or even a roof over your head….he was there. Even though this attribute could be draining on him emotionally and physically, he never said a word. I am continually blown away by stories from people of my dads generosity.
My dads love of life was simply contagious. His family was the most important thing in is life. He learned to never take a single moment for granted. He gave my brothers and I a love of music, practical jokes. There was never a dull moment when we were all together. We had the most amazing vacations, full of love and laughter. My dad was truly a bright light in a sometimes dull world. I will forever continue to try and see the world the way my dad did….full of hope and promise.
There is no doubt that my dad was stubborn. He was a proud bull headed man. A attribute that both of my brothers are stuck with. The wonderful part of this trait is that with my dad -- when it came to family there was no backing down, no giving up. My dad, quite stubbornly, battled cancer for over a year on his own. By the time he was diagnosed there was not much the medical world could do for him. He didn't let that back him down. He dug in his heals and researched and tried every possible option out there for him. He did this all alone. He was so proud and strong that he didn't want to worry or burden anyone he loved. He was strong and courageous in his fight. He never backed down in his battle even when his physical self could no longer keep up. He never asked why me or asked for sympathy…He would said it is what it is..there is no reason to sit around and mope or be depressed and then he would give you that smile, and you couldn't help but smile with him.
In the end, my dad was surrounded by just my brothers and myself. It was like he was waiting for just that moment. We held him and he left this painful world for one filled with peace. I truly believe my dads spirit was just to strong for his earthly body. There was too much giving and doing for his body to be able to keep up. So now my father has been called home to be with his family and continue the wonderful acts of kindness from above. I know I will forever have an angel watching over me.
My amazing daddy showed me how to be a better me. He gave me my brothers to watch over me. He was soooooo very proud of ALL of his family and friends.
Dad - I will continue to be Generous, Loving & stubborn just as you would have wanted me to. I will continue to do random acts of kindness in your honor. Thank you dad for all that you were and all that you taught me. I will carry in my heart forever part of your spirit. I love you Daddy.
Phil was in my life for a short time but his smile will stay with me forever. He was a joy be around. He is the only man, besides my dad, who insisted on walking between me and the street. He was a gentleman. To his family, I'm truly sorry for your loss and you are in my prayers.
Phil was a good man who knew how to enjoy life. He will be missed by his family and many friends. My condolences to his Family.