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Philip Ola


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Philip Ola Obituary
Philip M. Ola, 66, passed away Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Monday at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, Arlington. Rosary: 9:30 a.m. Monday. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please donate to the . Philip was born in New Orleans on Oct. 3, 1947, to Claude and Lewis Ola. He grew up in Arlington and graduated from Arlington High School in 1965 and from the University of Texas at Arlington with BA and MA degrees in history. After graduation from UTA, Philip moved to Washington, D.C., to work for the U.S. House of Representatives as a congressional legislative aide. Philip met his wife, Patty, while both were working on Capitol Hill. They were married in 1979. He then became the director of the Congressional Steel Caucus and worked as a lobbyist for the U.S. steel industry as well as for the International Council of Shopping Centers. After obtaining an MBA from Loyola University, Baltimore, in 1984, Philip started an accounting company in Virginia, which he operated for several years before returning to his native Texas in 1996 to pursue a career in real estate. At the time of his death, Philip owned and operated World Realty, a full-service real estate firm. Philip was a true renaissance man. He was a lifelong practitioner of the martial arts, earning black belts in multiple disciplines and opening one of the first karate studios in Arlington. He loved to play golf. He had a deep appreciation for the fine arts, particularly music. He played the piano every night. Philip was an extraordinarily positive person with a passion for all things in life. He made friends wherever he went -- and had a natural magnetism and charisma. He was always equipped with an idiom to capture the moment. And he enjoyed so much the moments of his life. Philip was a most loving husband and a devoted father to his two sons, coaching them in sports and serving as a mentor and inspiration to them through the years. His family is grateful for the commitment to care provided at UT Southwestern Zale Lipshy in his final weeks. Survivors: Wife, Patty; son, Bobby and wife, Stephanie; son, James; and grandson, David.
Published in Star-Telegram on Dec. 15, 2013
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