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Mitchell D. Phaiah Obituary
Mitchell D. Phaiah June 12, 1936 - Feb. 9, 2014 DANIELSON - Mitchell David Phaiah, 77, died on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at Westview Healthcare Center after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. The youngest son of the late Deap and Maggie Phaiah, he was born in Putnam, CT on June 12, 1936. Mitchell graduated from Ellis Technical School and went to work for Stop & Shop in Willimantic, CT. After twenty years of service, most of which as a produce manager, he retired and went into real estate and started an antique business. Mitchell always enjoyed traveling with his life partner, Gerard Touchette. Mitchell was a partner in Colonial Travel in Danielson for many years & traveled extensively through-out Europe and The Orient. His specialized interest was in Oriental Antiques and spent many weekends buying and selling oriental antiques and art, locally and throughout the United States. Over the years, Mitchell has been an active and generous member of his community including donations to Habitat for Humanity and many other outreach programs. He served on the Westfield Cemetery Board of Directors most recently as president and donated to many of the improvements at the cemetery. Recently, he donated a parcel of land along the Quinebaug River to the town of Killingly to complete the Killingly River Trail. He was instrumental in the town's new dog park and honored when the town named the dog park after him, thus creating the Mitchell D. Phaiah Dog Park. Mitchell was a life long member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church. He served for many years on the church's vestry and funded many capital improvement projects, and also started a trust that will help the church for many years to come. Mitchell is survived and will be missed by his closest and dearest companion Georgette Zoghbi, his brothers Paul Phaiah of Brooklyn, CT and Peter Phaiah of Dayville; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He will also be greatly missed by his dog, and loyal companion "Bailey". He was predeceased by his life partner of fifty years Gerard Touchette, his sister Emily, his brothers Arthur, Tofy, George, Eli and his dear niece, Jackie. A calling hour will be held on Saturday from 9:00 – 10:00 A.M. in Tillinghast Funeral Home, 433 Main Street, Danielson followed by a funeral service at 10:30 A.M. at St. Alban's Church, Danielson. Burial will be in Westfield Cemetery, Danielson. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Mitchell's name may be made to St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 254 Broad Street, Danielson, CT 06239. To leave an online condolence please visit tillinghastfh.com
Published in Norwich Bulletin on Feb. 13, 2014
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