MAURICE HUGH PHILLIPS - NORTH TROY/ NEWPORT - A wonderful man left us this week: Maurice Phillips of North Troy and Newport, died peacefully on Sunday, June 10, 2012, in Starr Farm Nursing Center in Burlington. He was 90 years young. Maurice was born in North Troy on Feb. 13, 1922. He joined the war effort in 1944. In August of that year, he married his sweetheart of several years, Beatrice Ball of Bristol. He proudly served in the 63 Infantry Division; Blood and Fire. He was stationed in Germany and awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Maurice was employed for many years at Columbia Forest Products, as an engineer, retiring in 1986. He was a Deacon of the Congregational Church in North Troy and a past Master of the Masonic Lodge #16 of Troy. Maurice was a quiet, funloving, caring man, a wonderful father, supportive husband and loyal friend. A gentle soul who touched many lives, he lived his life with integrity. His family meant a great deal to him. Annual family camping trips were a highlight of every summer. He had a passion for landscape painting that became more than a hobby after he retired. He exhibited in local venues and his work was enjoyed by many. An avid hunter from his youth, he never missed a season at Wenlock Hunting Camp. Upon his move to Newport in 2009, he became very active in The Association for the Blind, enjoying many new friendships and activities. Predeceased by Beatrice; he is survived by five children, Hazel and John Hong of Colchester, Fred and Marianne Phillips of Huntsville, Ala., Nancy and William Nash of Vineyard Haven, Mass., Diana and Peter Poulin of Newport, and Hope Ann and Ken Ferris of Montpelier. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Starr Farm Nursing Center for their compassionate care during the last two weeks of Maurice's life. Calling hours will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Rd., Newport, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2012. A celebration of Maurice's life will be held at the First Congregational Church in North Troy at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 15, 2012. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com. Donations in honor of Maurice's life may be given to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired at VABVI Development Office, 60 Kimball Ave., South Burlington, VT 05403; or the First Congregational Church, Main Street, North Troy, VT 05859.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on June 13, 2012