Philip "Phil" Lionel Landry, 91, of Vero Beach, passed peacefully on April 28, 2014, in Vero Beach, FL. He was born Joseph Philippe Lionel Landry on March 22, 1923 in Westbrook, Maine, and baptized at the St. Hyacinth Catholic Church. He is the son of Ovide H. and Gracia "Grace" Beaudoin Landry, who died in 1928. Phil Landry is survived by his twin children, Larry Landry of San Francisco, and Linda Landry Miller of Pasadena, California, who will miss him terribly and are grateful to have been at his side at time of passing. He was a loving and generous grandfather of 3 grandchildren - Kyle Miller, 23, a Yale graduate currently employed at Facebook in San Francisco, Caitlin Landry Miller, a graduating senior at UC Berkeley, and Courtney Alyssa Miller, a UC Berkeley student who passed in 2006 and with whom he will now reunite. His grandchildren will always remember his clever humor, big heart, wild sense of adventure, and gentle soul. He also is survived by his half sister Sylvia Gelinas of Portland, her husband Robert and their grandchildren. His sister Lucille "Lou" Pomerleau of Westbrook and later Gorham, Maine preceded him in her passing on April 24, 2008. He is survived by Lou's children David Pomerleau of Gorham, Maine and Thomas Pomerleau of Naples, Maine. Phil has always been proud of his father Ovid's achievements as a decorated World World I veteran, and enlisted himself in the Air Force during World War II. He was trained as a ball gunner on Air Force B-12s and was stationed in Africa. He was recognized for his participation in the European Africa Middle Eastern Campaign and the American Theatre Campaign. He received his Honorable Discharge on December 10, 1945. After the war, Phil earned an accounting degree in Maine, married Dorothy Charest, and moved to Ft Lauderdale, Florida, where their children were born. Eventually he and his family settled in Boca Raton, Florida, where the children were raised. Phil worked 20 years as a letter carrier for the US Post Office, as well as a mason in numerous construction projects in Boca Raton and the surrounding cities. After retirement, he moved to Vero Beach and has resided there for 17 years. Phil will be greatly missed by his family for whom he has provided steady guidance, care and concern throughout his years. Phil is a familiar figure in Vero Beach where he was known for his kind disposition and good humor, and recognized by his dashing striped hat. Memories and notes to the family will be received by Strunk Funeral Home at 916 17th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960. A guest book is available at: www.strunkfuneralhome.com.
Published in Sun-Sentinel on May 7, 2014