Philip Joseph "Phil" Bilodeau Jr., 68, a former longtime resident of Enfield, Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Springfield, died late Monday afternoon, Feb. 17, 2014, at Baystate Medical Center.
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He was born and educated in Springfield, a son of the late Philip J. Sr. and Eleanor (Matroni) Bilodeau and was a graduate of the former Springfield Technical High School Class of 1963. Phil attended A.I.C. and served with the Massachusetts Army National Guard for over 16 years receiving his honorable discharge with the rank of sergeant. He was employed with the security department with Pratt & Whitney Corp. of East Hartford for 30 years, retiring in 1994. Just prior to his retirement, Phil decided to return to school entering the food and service management program at Asnuntuck College where he took great pride in graduating with his youngest daughter, Tami, with the Class of 1997. Phil was a member of the Port St. Lucie American Legion, served as past president of the Jewish American Friendship Club at the Savannah Club of Port St. Lucie, the former past treasurer of the Security Division Union at Pratt & Whitney, and former communicant of St. Patrick Church of Enfield.
He is survived by his devoted wife and best friend of 46 years, Kathleen E. (Brown) Bilodeau of Enfield and leaves three loving children, Michelle A. Drumm, and her husband, Scott, of Wilbraham, Robert J. Bilodeau, and his wife, Susan, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Tami M. Davis, and her husband, Scott, of Enfield; a sister, Susan E. Marshall, and her husband, Michael, of Albany, N.Y.; and nine cherished grandchildren, Karleigh, Kasey, Joseph, Taylor, Julia, Madison, Peyton, Jaiden, and Jackson. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.
His funeral will be held on Friday, Feb. 21, at 9:15 a.m. from the Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, 220 N. Main St., East Longmeadow, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at St. Patrick Church, corner of High and Pearl streets, Enfield.
Burial will be private at St. Michael's Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Forastire Smith Funeral Home.
Contributions in his memory may be directed to the Visiting Nurses & Health Services of Connecticut, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, CT 06066; or to Baystate Children's Hospital and Medical Center, 759 Chestnut St., Springfield, MA 01199.
For more information please visit
Forastiere-Smith Funeral Home
220 North Main Street East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Published in Journal Inquirer from Feb. 19 to Feb. 23, 2014