PHILLIPS, GEORGE, 55
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Ocala - George Phillips, 55, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on May 3, 2014.
George was born in Miami and graduated from North Miami High School in 1976. He played football for The Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1978. He worked as a steel worker while earning his general contractor's license, and owned and ran a successful roofing and general contracting business in Miami for 20 years before moving to Ocala in 2006. George was currently working as a realtor with The Villages, a position that brought him great happiness and satisfaction as he sincerely loved his co-workers and clients.
George loved nothing more than being on the water with a fishing rod in his hands. But by far, his greatest passion in life was his family, and he was a devoted husband, father, son, brother and uncle. George was a friend to everyone and he touched many peoples' lives with his wisdom, unconditional love and generous spirit. He came to rely on his faith for strength and peace. He selflessly gave to others and was involved in numerous charitable causes, including Brother's Keeper Soup Kitchen and the Hospice Children's Bereavement Camp.
George is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Andrea; his children Ian, Ashley and Chelsea; his mother and stepfather Artie and Patti Hawkesworth; his brothers John (Hope), Tony (Ruth), and Eric (Sylvia); his sister Jamie (James); and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Mass will be held in his honor at 2:00 on Friday, May 9th at Blessed Trinity Church in Ocala, 5 S.E. 17th Street. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Brother's Keeper Soup Kitchen at 2 W. Fort King St, Ocala, Florida, 34471 or Gentiva Hospice Foundation "Camp I Believe" Children's Bereavement Camp at 1320 S.E. 25th Loop, Ste. 101, Ocala, Florida, 34471.
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from May 7 to May 8, 2014