TURNERS FALLS - Philip L. Miner, 86, formerly of Colrain, died on Monday (11-4-13) at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. Born on August 22, 1927 in Colrain, he was the son of Phillip and Anna (Currier) Miner. He was a graduate of Arms Academy and a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1944 through 1946.
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On April 23, 1949, Philip married the former Irene Stone, who predeceased him on Sept. 16, 2003.
After discharge from the Navy, Philip lived and worked for a few years in Detroit. After coming back to Colrain, he was employed as a carpenter at Kendall Mills for 40 years, until retirement in 1989. He was the Colrain Fire Chief in the 1970's, helping to build the fire station that is there today.
He was a member of the Shelburne Falls Rod and Gun Club and the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 2758. He played softball into his 50's, enjoyed golf and loved the Red Sox.
Survivors include four sons: Philip, Jr. and his wife Carmen of Shattuckville, Todd of Ashfield, Joe and his wife Pam of Colrain and Dan of Turners Falls; three daughters: Ida Kilhart and her husband Ken and Judy Miner, all of Orange, and Joyce Valiton and her husband John of Buckland; 13 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Graveside services for Philip, with military honors, will be on Friday (11-8-13) at 11 a.m. in West Branch Cemetery, Colrain, with Rev. David Neil of the Bernardston United Church officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 370 7th Ave., New York, NY 10001.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home, 104 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls.
Published in The Recorder from Nov. 5 to Nov. 6, 2013