The Reverend Phillip E. Ford The Reverend Phillip E. Ford, son of Henry & Florence Ford, was born in Pittsburgh, PA on March 12, 1930 and was called home on January 25, 2013.Educated in the Pittsburgh School system, Reverend Ford attended Temple University to receive his degree in Accounting and Eastern Baptist Seminary to receive his Master of Divinity. Reverend Ford served honorably in the U.S.Navy, served as a Pastor in the Methodist church, was the founder of Phillip E. Ford & Co. and Teachers Tax Service, a professor of Math and Accounting at Berean Institute and Delaware County Community College, and proudly sang on the Royal Priesthood Choir which was founded by his wife. Reverend Ford also participated and supported his wife in community affairs and political activities.Moreover, in his early years, Reverend Ford worked with Cecil Moore in the Civil Rights movement and led the desegregation of a public swimming pool in Fredericksburg, MD while in the US Navy. A lover of poetry, Reverend Ford could recite whole passages from Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Milton, and the Bible, of which he was a scholar.Reverend Ford was truly a remarkable man. Reverend Ford was predeceased by his son, Jonathan Phillip Ford. He leaves to cherish his wonderful memory his loving wife of 43 years, Dr. Vivian Ford; brothers, Robert Brooker (Betty), Clifton Brooker (Sondra), and Moe Brooker (Cheryl); Children Jason Ford, Denise Ford-Brown (Michael), and Linton Williams (Nisa); 8 God children, 8 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends who loved him dearly.Services will be held on Saturday February 2, 2013 at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 3723 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104. The viewing is from 9:00-9:45am with the service to begin at 10:00am. Interment at Chelten Hills Cemetery, 1701 E. Washington Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19138. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Jonathan Phillip Ford Foundation www.jpf-foundation.org or PO Box 5417, Yeadon, PA 19050.
Published in The Daily Times on Jan. 30, 2013