Philip Thomas DeRing, III, of West Palm Beach, FL, and formerly of East Haddam, Middletown and Portland, passed away on January 24, 2013. He was born in Troy, NY on January 16, 1943. He was a graduate of New England College. He was President of the Middletown Chamber of Commerce from 1970-1976; and he owned and operated two Steelcase Office Furniture dealerships from 1976 to 1999; at which time he retired. He is survived by his children: Kathleen DeRing, of Colchester, Kristine M. Howard, of Portland, Major P. Thomas DeRing, of Portland, Joseph DeRing, of East Haddam, 7 grandchildren, a cousin, Brooke Hauf of Albany, NY; his first wife, Susan of Portland and second wife, Lisa of Singer Island, FL. There will be a mass in his memory at 10:30 AM July 28, 2013 at St. Mary's Church, Portland, CT. Donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation.