Philip Hugh Hirrel June 2, 1947 - October 4, 2012 Philip Hugh Hirrel, 65, passed away peacefully at home in Bakersfield, California Thursday, October 4, 2012 surrounded by his family. Philip was born June 2, 1947 to Philip and Elizabeth (Moran) Hirrel in Boston, Massachusetts, the oldest of 9 children. Philip grew up in Tujunga, California and graduated from Saint Francis High School in La Canada, California in 1965. Philip was a veteran of the Vietnam War and proudly served for 5 years in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot with an honorable discharge in 1972. Philip's employment in the oil industry as Store Manager and Instrument Technician with TOTCO relocated him and his family from Ventura to Bakersfield in 1978. He laid roots in Bakersfield and began a 20 year career as a mechanic in the field of refrigeration and plant maintenance for Sun Pacific Cold Storage and General Mills. Philip enjoyed working with his hands and spent his free time building and fixing things. His hobbies included sailing, skiing, playing pool and working on his 1972 Camaro. He always enjoyed a cold beer and warm conversation with friends. A beloved father, grandfather, son and brother, Philip, is survived by his three daughters Brandy Hirrel of Bakersfield, Dawn Brown and husband Joseph Brown of Canyon Country, Sherry Gladin and husband Lee Gladin of Bakersfield; grandchildren Gavin, Zoe, Gabriel and Ryder; mother of his children Terry Perry; siblings Bernie Hirrel, Richard Hirrel, Neil Hirrel, Mary Ann Bennett, Ellen Hajjali and Elizabeth Dolan; long-term friend Neta Richardson. He was preceded in death by his parents Philip and Elizabeth Hirrel; siblings John Hirrel and Cathy Jones. A viewing will be held on Sunday, October 14th, 1:00 - 5:00 pm at Mish Funeral Home for friends and family. Philip will be laid to rest at Bakersfield National Cemetery in a private ceremony. www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on October 9, 2012