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Adrian W. Phillips Jr.


1923 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Adrian W. Phillips Jr. Obituary
Phillips, Adrian W. Jr.
entered into eternal rest on April 29, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. Born on July 7, 1923, Adrian was raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey and attended Atlantic City High School, which inspired his life long passion for the pipe organ. Adrian was mentored by the city staff organist at the time and learned to play the pipe organ, eventually becoming the class organist for his graduation. After graduating, he attended Rutgers University to pursue a degree in ceramic engineering, an effort that was interrupted for 3 years as he served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Following his service, he returned to Rutgers to finish his degree. Upon graduation, he was hired by a refractories company in northern New Jersey and worked there for several years before being hired by another company located in New Castle, Pennsylvania. While working for the New Castle firm, Adrian designed and engineered many high temp products for the various industries including a special ceramic tile used in oil fire furnaces for a large manufacture at that time. In 1959, Adrian was offered an opportunity to acquire a foodservice equipment dealership in Phoenix owned by then Al Beadle, a local Architect. Adrian purchased the dealership and then moved to Phoenix and renamed the business as Phillips Foodservice Equipment Company. Adrian's company was very successful with completing many commercial restaurant equipment jobs such as hotels, independent restaurants, chain restaurants, schools, hospitals and institutions. His company remained in business for over 50 years before being sold and retiring from the industry. Adrian enjoyed many of the local arts groups in town and participated for many years such as the Men's Art Council, founding member of the University Club of Phoenix and the participated heavily in the pipe organ community of the American Guild of Organists and American Theatre Organ Society. In 2000, Adrian set upon his life long dream of installing a pipe organ that he had saved from his former high school when the school was torn down. Adrian was responsible for building a large room for the reinstallation and rebuilding of the instrument. After 6 years and thousands of hours by a dedicated organ rebuilding crew, the organ made its debut and now has been played by many of today's leading organists, and has also been featured in numerous industry articles and performances. Adrian is predeceased by his wife Lorraine W. Phillips and is survived by his son, Adrian W. Phillips III and his wife Deborah. Services will be held on Friday June 3, 2016, 11:00am at St. Barnabas on the Desert, 6715 North Mockingbird Lane, Scottsdale. In lieu of flows, donations may be made to St. Barnabas on the Desert music ministries. Arrangements by Messinger Indian School Mortuary.
Published in The Arizona Republic on May 29, 2016
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