MARYLAND Philip John Shultz died suddenly on Wednesday November 14, 2012, ending a long and deepening struggle with depression. He was 23 years old. He has been described as one who could light up a room and make easy flowing conversation with friends old and new. Shortly after his birth in Hanover, Philip's family moved to Severna Park, Md., where he attended Severna Park Elementary, Middle, and High Schools, graduating in 2007. Typical to the area Philip enjoyed years of playing on Green Hornets lacrosse and soccer teams. During high school, Philip ran cross country track and sang in the chorus which traveled to Disneyworld for a competition. He also enjoyed playing bass guitar in two locally popular SKA bands. During those years he was an active member in his church youth group and participated in a hurricane relief trip to Freeport, Bahamas. Phil also enjoyed working in the kitchen for the annual "Jamaican Me Crazy" youth fund raiser and many years joining in the annual ski trip to Seven Springs. A typical youth but with an entrepreneurial spirit, he began his working life with a Capital newspaper route, and at Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins, and Einstein Bagels where he was highly valued and complimented for his professionalism and strong work ethic. Then he surprised many when this boy who disliked trying new foods one day found his true passion: the Culinary Arts. Philip trained two years at Windows on the Bay Restaurant before attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. He went on to work in both the Charleston and Pazo restaurants in Baltimore and it was there where he considered himself at home. Most recently Philip enjoyed working at the Eastport Yacht Club. He had a passion, creativity, and a talent in the kitchen saying that he most cherished cooking for others and watching their enjoyment. His dream was to one day have his own respected restaurants. Philip's other great joys were found in his considerable circle of close friends, and Hobie, the family's Golden Retriever. They held strong bonds that saw them through good and difficult moments. He enjoyed boating/tubing, scuba diving, skiing, video gaming, cycling, playing poker, a good cigar, and just spending time with his friends. He had many other interests which included a talent for drawing, listening to a variety of music (a devout Red Hot Chili Peppers fan), playing his guitars, exotic cars, and following Formula One racing. He had a strong interest in history and a great fondness for Historic Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay. Along with the fun of many family vacations in Ocean City, MD, Philip seemed to fall in love with Newport, RI and parts of New England during one family vacation. Philip is survived by his parents Jeffrey and Susan Tracey Shultz, his brother Peter Shultz, Uncles Stephen and Thomas Shultz, Aunt Karyn Procter, and grandparents Kenneth and Susann Fabiszak. Cousins include Jonathan and John Harry Shultz, Kendall and Michael Procter. There will be a Memorial Service held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday November 27th at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Blvd, Severna Park, MD. A Memorial gathering will begin at 5:30 p.m. and a Dessert Reception will follow the service. Expressions of sympathy may be made as memorial contributions to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (www.afsp.org). Online condolences may be made at www.barrancofuneralhome.com
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Published in Evening Sun on Nov. 22, 2012