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Formerly of Dracut, MA, Navy & Army Vet; 84
NEWARK, Delaware -- Ernest Phillips, age 84, of Newark, DE, a man of many interests and pursuits, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 11, 2013, while surrounded by family and friends.
Born in Dracut, MA on July 2, 1929, Mr. Phillips was a son of the late Lambros and Zoitsa Phillips. A graduate of the Dracut High School Class of 1946, he was rumored to have been responsible for a one-day student strike due to an intemperate remark made by a teacher.
Mr. Phillips served his country in the
and the US Army. He was a veteran of the
and served near Taejon, Republic of Korea.
Following his marriage to his late wife, Iris in 1955, the two relocated to Newark, DE where Mr. Phillips eventually began his career with the Department of Corrections. He retired as a maintenance supervisor after many years of dedicated service.
During his lifetime, Mr. Phillips had many varied interests. He was an accomplished pilot, musician, hunter, fisherman, and restorer of early-model Fords. Mr. Phillips was especially fond of his fig trees, which he lovingly cared for.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Iris Pappas Phillips, who passed away in September of this year; daughter, Joanne Carr; sisters, Stella Phillips, Helen Anthos, Sunny Zachos, Constance Giannourakos, and Mary Pappaioanou; and brothers, Steve Phillips, George Phillips, and James Phillips. Mr. Phillips is survived by son-in-law, Dan Carr of Lake Oswego, OR; grandson, Alex Carr of Lake Oswego, OR; many nieces and nephews; and Koumbare, John and Carol Spanos of Newark, DE.
PHILLIPS -- A gathering for family and friends will be held from 2 pm until 4 pm on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Chippy AUM Church, 4272 Mill Creek Road, Hockessin, DE 19707.
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